Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bush thinks being king also makes him a one-man Constitutional Convention

Who writes the law of the United States?

Why christians should care:

In nazi Germany, the Constitution was amended to make being Jewish illegal. Imagine an America where being a Buddhist is illegal, and Buddhists are rounded up by Baptist goon squads. No one is safe from Bush's fascist junta.


For more than 200 years, the answer was clear. The first sentence of the Constitution’s first article tells us that “All legislative Powers herein granted” go to Congress. As the framers carefully explained, this means only the “Senate and House of Representatives”—not the president in the act of signing a bill into law.

But recent executive branch maneuvers risk shifting the traditional balance of power decisively toward the president’s side by snatching from Congress those very same “legislative Powers.” It is a dangerous development.

Attacks on legislative and judicial prerogatives are typically based on aggressive claims of executive power under the Constitution. Such claims played pivotal roles in the Justice Department’s justifications for torture and domestic eavesdropping. Now the Bush administration has gone even further. This newer, subtler and equally dangerous assault on Congress’ role came to public light during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito: The use of “interpretative” presidential signing statements to change the basic meaning of a law. This under-the-radar innovation now risks compromising the basic function of Congress without any meaningful public debate—unless Congress puts up more of a fight.

Much more.


At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quit worring about Bush and get a life. With your attitude you'll never get ahead in life.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger ChristianLibrul said...

I'll quit worrying about that fascist bastard when his head explodes from telling one too many lies.


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