Bush Declares Executive Branch Above All Laws

The White House has a new legal strategy in its arsenal- we’ll call it the “Screw you and the horse you rode in on” theory. Basically what it amounts to is the President declaring that any time he asserts executive privilege on anything the matter ends then and there. No questions, no subpoenas, no answers, no consequences. King¬†George has finally arrived.

¬†This final attempt to sever for all time the powers of checks and balances between the three equal branches of our government bodes ill for this democracy. Imagine, Bush pretending to embrace the notions of a democratic form of government, even going so far as to send thousands of our young people to their deaths using ‘democracy’ as a front for their sacrifice, while establishing his own little dictatorship right here at home. It would be shameful for any of us to do so, but for silver-spoon George, it’s merely the culmination of a lifetime of pampered idiocy.

According to the Washington Post, “Administration officials argued yesterday that Congress has no power to force a U.S. attorney to pursue contempt charges in cases, such as the prosecutor firings, in which the president has declared that testimony or documents are protected from release by executive privilege. Officials pointed to a Justice Department legal opinion during the Reagan administration, which made the same argument in a case that was never resolved by the courts.”

But under federal law, a statutory contempt citation by the House or Senate must be submitted to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, “whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action.” However, as U.S. attorney’s are now understood to be mere political pawns in the Bush administration, and not actual bringers of justice (at least not if it runs in opposition to the political ideology of the head cheese), any congressional attempt to compel the DOJ to adhere to this federal law has been like holding on to a greased pig.

This is more than just about Attorneygate here folks. This rationale, if allowed to fly, will shield Bush and his team of criminal cronies from any and all legal recourse by allowing him to claim executive privilege on anything he sees fit to keep hidden. It is a dangerous precedent to allow.It is not democracy. It is not justice. It is not American.

Impeach. The. Bastards. Now.

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11 Responses to “Bush Declares Executive Branch Above All Laws”

  1. tos Says:

    Attornygate, Filegate, Whitewater. Wadda ya gonna do?

  2. Froenx Says:

    heh ya know what’s sad?  is the people who can impeach, won’t.  And those who should demand it, don’t.

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  4. Mental Spagetti Says:

    Whitewater?  What are you talking about?  Irrelevant crap from last century? 

  5. tos Says:

    Yep and it was irrelevant then too just like the rest of BS the democrat led congress is doing. I am still waitng for something besides thei playing politics.

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  8. Krob Says:

    I hope we can put them out to pasture soon enough. Maybe pelosi will grow a set and get the ball rollin.

  9. Gail Says:

    I LOVE Your post, however you are in error on one point.  The three branches of government are NOT meant to be co-equal.  Congress is "constitutionally" by far, the most powerful branch of congress.  The other branches serve it and are answerable to it.
    Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 18 gives Congress authority over EVERY OFFICER AND EVERY DEPARTMENT in government.  
    If congress wants to talk to Cheney’s secret advisors, Article I gives it that power.  If Congress wants to limit what the "Commander-in’chief" does when operating in that capacity, Article I gives it that power.  If Congress wants to eliminate "Executive orders, signing statements, claims of "exectuvie priviledge" and historical precidence that over-ride the Constituion, it may.  If Congress wants to eliminate the Courts self-proclaimed right to be the final and unquestionalble authority over what is good for America and what is not - regardless of its constitutionality, Congress has that right, it has that power. 
    I agree — impeach the bastards now — but the impeachments should not end there.  Read the Constitution and compare it to what YOUR OWN elected representatives are willing to vote for. 
    How did we get to this point?  Read "McCulloch vs. Maryland"  It will knock your socks off
     

  10. Gail Says:

    Correction:  If Congress wants to elimiate "Exectutive orders, implied powers, historical precidence that supercedes the Constituiton, and legislation from the bench" not only may it, but, according to the Constitution IT MUST. 
     
    Not only MUST congress as a whole, but every governmental officer that takes an oath of office to "protect and defend the constitution" MUST .

  11. Steve Landis Says:

    Ken, there does not seem to be anything that anyone can or will do about Bush.  He has and from alll appearances will continue to get away with everything up to and probably including murder.  We can — and should — continue to fight against the Bush machine but clearly, nothing is going to change between now and the time he leaves office.
    By the way, I tried to respond to details of this new BIO and golly, I must say, I am not the least bit impressed.  Actually, I think when compared with the old, this is dreadful.  Awful.  Terrible.  No good.  Whacked.  The ‘readability’ and user friendliness we sort of had before seems to have vanished.  Not good.  There seems to be more work involved with arrangement than the old and I’m afriad we’re going to lose some thoughtful commentary.  Mine included…  Steve

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