By Robert Freedland
May 07, 2006
"I do solemnly swear (or
affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President
of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve,
protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The Constitution is that document that protects our freedom,
determines our nation, and establishes our Democracy.
"The President of the United States is to have power to return a bill, which shall have passed the two branches of the legislature, for reconsideration; and the bill so returned is to become a law, if, upon that reconsideration, it be approved by two thirds of both houses. The king of Great Britain, on his part, has an absolute negative upon the acts of the two houses of Parliament. The disuse of that power for a considerable time past does not affect the reality of its existence; and is to be ascribed wholly to the crown's having found the means of substituting influence to authority, or the art of gaining a majority in one or the other of the two houses, to the necessity of exerting a prerogative which could seldom be exerted without hazarding some degree of national agitation."
And yet this President has
advocated that government ignore the law, directed subordinates
to break the law, and has placed himself above the law itself.
In an unprecedented 750 times, this President has added signing
statements to 1 out of 10 laws he has signed.
"March 9: Justice Department
officials must give reports to Congress by certain dates on how
the FBI is using the USA Patriot Act to search homes and secretly
Or how about directing military personnel to break the law and follow the President's wishes rather than what Congress has directed?
"Aug. 5: The military
cannot add to its files any illegally gathered intelligence,
including information obtained about Americans in violation of
the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches.
or how about this one:
"Nov. 6, 2003: US officials
in Iraq cannot prevent an inspector general for the Coalition
Provisional Authority from carrying out any investigation. The
inspector general must tell Congress if officials refuse to cooperate
with his inquiries.
President Bush is undermining
laws made by out properly elected Congressmen and Senators. In
fact laws passed by a Congress controlled by his own Republican
Party! What is wrong with this picture?
"It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution, in those intrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way, which the constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for, though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield."
We shall no longer have a Democratic
country if this practice of undermining and yes indeed subverting
the very laws of Congress isn't stopped.
About: Robert Freedland is
a physician practicing in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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