Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The Rule Of Law
Once when challenged for his unwillingness to submit to the rule of law in an obvious snub of the Constitution, George Bush Jr. screamed, "Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"
And so our Constitution has become what Bush has made it. This annihilation of the foundation of our republic was orchestrated by a president who swore an oath of honor to protect it, a devout Christian who promised to restore honor and integrity to the oval office.
When President Bush decreed his "long term plan" for Iraq, committing the USA, without congressional authority, to a permanent presence, it was an insult, a direct provocation to the public, the congress and the rule of law.
Our President believes himself to be above the rule of law, the authority of Congress and the Courts.
Ahhh, for days when a simple solutions to a troublesome monarch, like Charles the First of England, who when in 1649 presumed to be above Parliament, it was as easy as marching him out to an improvised platform at the Banqueting House in Whitehall where he was beheaded.
Bush's plan to forge a long term agreement with with the Iraqi government that could commit the US military to defending Iraq's security would be the first time such a sweeping mutual defense compact has been enacted without congressional approval, according to legal specialists.
After WW2, when the United States gave security commitments to Japan, South Korea, the Phillipines, Australia, New Zealand and NATO members, Presidents Truman and Eisenhower designated the agreements as treaties, requiring Senate ratification.
In 1985, when President Ronald Reagan guaranteed that the US military presence would defend the Marshall Islands and Micronesia if they were attacked, the compacts were put to a vote by both chambers of Congress.
By contrast, Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki have already agreed that a coming compact will include the United States providing "security assurances and commitments" to Iraq to deter any foreign invasion or internal terrorism by "outlaw groups". But a top White House official has also said that Bush does not intend to submit the deal to Congress..
Thus, just one more example of a President who has put himself above the rule of law.
He has destroyed the very concept of the "rule of law"
It's not just that he lied about his justifications for the Iraq War, but the failures to allow oversights into the processes that produced those lies.. It's not in the firing of federal attorneys and the refusal to substantiate the firings, but in the pure partisanship of their actions. It's not their countless refusals to comply with subpoenas from the Congress or Freedom of Information Act from the people, but in their arrogant stance, setting themselves above the requirements.
Congress, in its aquiescence and subservience, is equally guilty. When Nancy Pelosi declared that "Impeachment is off the Table", she not only absolved Bush of all previous transgressions but paved the way for any to come.
To finish this essay, I'd like to leave you with a recent announcment on the Northcom web site of their readiness to implement martial law in the USA:
USNORTHCOM's official response to Commission on National Guard Reserves Final Report.
February 1, 2008
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.--U.S. Norther Command's primary mission is Homeland Defense, and the command stands ready to respond to any homeland defense of civil support mission reqirement.
"The U.S. military absolutely has the capacity to respond to potential threats within ouur nation today. It will get better in this coming year and continue to improve beyond that," said Gen. Gene Renuart, USNORTHCOM commander.
Established in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, USNORTHCOM has dramatically expanded the DoD's focus on all aspects of Homeland Defense, including planning and exercising, as well as organizing new headquarters and units that are specifically tailored for domestic response.
----USNORTHCOM's official respnse to Commission on National Guard and Reserves Final Report.