Monday, July 24, 2006

ABA Criticizes Bush For Overstepping Legal Authority

George Bush thinks he's a monarch who gets to decide which laws he wants to follow and/or enforce and which laws he doesn't. The American Bar Association says differently:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush's penchant for writing exceptions to laws he has just signed violates the Constitution, an American Bar Association task force says in a report highly critical of the practice.

The ABA group, which includes a one-time FBI director and former federal appeals court judge, said the president has overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws.

The attachments, known as bill-signing statements, say Bush reserves a right to revise, interpret or disregard measures on national security and constitutional grounds.

"This report raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy," said the ABA's president, Michael Greco. "If left unchecked, the president's practice does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries."

I don't think it is excessive to say that this preznit, this administration and this current Republican Party leadership have done more to undermine this Republic than any other group of crooks, scoundrels or demagogues in the history of the United States, and that includes the Nixon guys. Think domestic spying, torture, rendition, holding suspects "in perpetuity" without charges being filed, signing statements, election fraud, Diebold, politicized terror alerts, gerrymandering whenever they feel like, and good old-fashioned political corruption a la Duke Cunningham, Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay.

It really is essential to the surivival of the nation that one-party rule end this November. Given the state of the country, the state of the environment, the state of the world and the state of the economy for 90% of the country's population, we cannot let these cynical, corrupt motherfuckers run things by themselves any longer.

Problem is, I'm not sure the other cynical, corrupt motherfuckers are much better.
I'd agree that Hillary, Biden, Bayh, Carper, and many others in the Democratic Party wouldn't be MUCH better than the current cynical, corrupt motherfuckers running things - but I still maintain theey WOULD be better. I'm pretty sure the renditions, the torture, the hundreds of signing statements, the holding suspects in perpetuity without charges all wouldn't be happening if Dems had power.
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