Saturday, December 17, 2005

Glenn Greenwald: Bush's unchecked Executive power v. the Founding principles of the U.S.

I was, with some trepidation, feeling the need to slog through the Federalist Papers in order to explain why the latest affront from our semi-elected king is so utterly at odds with the intent of the framers. Greenwald did the heavy lifting for me.

You really need to read the whole thing. But the conclusion is spot-on.

Both the Bush Administration’s theory of its own unchecked power and its indiscriminate and aggressive use of that power to violate Congressional law contradicts every constitutional principle created to ensure that we do not live under unchecked Executive tyranny. If the President is allowed to get away with secretly decreeing that he can violate the law and then doing exactly that, then there really are no remaining checks on Executive power -- and we have, without hyperbole, arrived at the very definition of tyranny.


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