“The people of Sudan are crying out for help and they deserve it,” he [President Bush} said in a brief statement at the White House. Four years after the atrocities began, Bush begins burnishing his legacy on the scarred backs of Darfur as though this just became a crisis.
Imagine another 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina or a suitcase nuke going off in New York. That would be horrible, but compounding it is the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, which would put the president in dictatorial control of the entire government. Goodbye three branches and checks and balances, you’ve troubled the Bush Administration too long:
Bush To Be Dictator In A Catastrophic Emergency:
The language written in the directive is disturbing because it doesn’t say that the President will work with the other branches of government equally to ensure a constitutional government is protected. It says clearly that there will be a cooperative effort among the three branches that will be coordinated by the President. If the President is coordinating these efforts it effectively puts him in charge of every branch
The president has authorized and announced his plans to forego all Constitutional checks in precisely the kinds of situations his foreign and domestic policy increase the likelihood of an event because of the sheer incompetence and unaccountability demonstrated at every other turn of history since 2001:
(b) “Catastrophic Emergency” means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.
(e) “Enduring Constitutional Government,” or “ECG,” means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency.
Read and reread the last paragraph. I merely nods (“proper respect”) to checks and balances while handing “coordination” to the president. The Bush Administration’s track record shows it defines the proper respect given to any opponent, dissenter or conflicting branch of government.
I can’t bring myself to imagine the “Heck of a job, Brownie,” moment this is going to produce. Oh, history, go easy on us.
“The question is, ‘Who ought to make that decision, the Congress or the commanders?,’’ Mr. Bush said. “As you know, my position is clear – I’m the commander guy.”
Yes, it would be unfortunate if Congress, the people’s branch of government, actually had some voice in policy-making. Mr. Bush has a profoundly perverted notion of his office and role in a democratically governed republic.
One must wonder what George H.W. taught George W. about the Constitution when he was young. Was it something troublesome, keeping the best of Kennebunkport from ruling unfettered? Sr. (#41, for those counting presidents) never struck me as having a complete disregard for the founding principles of the country.
Maybe it’s simply a matter of delusion. Perhaps, in his mind, George W. Bush is really just Commander Guy, fighting for what’s right with Veto Boy, whom he seldom pulls from a secret compartment in his pants, because people actually believe in the imperial presidency.
“Gee willickers, Commander Guy,” Veto Boy squeals in Mr. Bush’s mind as he gazes out at the White House Press corp, “these people disagree with us. It’s a crime against nature!”
“You’re right, Veto Boy,” the president murmers to himself, and it’s all downhill from there….
<p><strong>Bonus Link:</strong> Eugene Robinson at <em>The Washington Post</em> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/03/AR2007050301641.html">explores more of the sloppy thinking from the same speech</a>, which exemplifies the perplexing nonsense issuing from the President's mouth. </p> <!-- technorati tags start --><p style="text-align:right;font-size:10px">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://www.technorati.com/tag/Bush" rel="tag">Bush</a>, <a href="http://www.technorati.com/tag/Iraq" rel="tag">Iraq</a>, <a href="http://www.technorati.com/tag/ReallyDumb" rel="tag">ReallyDumb</a></p><!-- technorati tags end -->
I don’t about you, but the visage of Donald Trump doesn’t make me hungry. His leering visage bent over a tray of meat, pointing, makes me kind of queasy. I assume the steaks come from cows with a comb-over.
The question is, Is this what happens when you’re fired or if you win The Apprentice? And I’m not talking about The Donald serving you a meal on a platter…. See dis? They’re fired!
Ramin suggests in IM: "Sharper Image’s biggest seller is the ‘ionic breeze’ air purifier. Someone should do a side-by-side test: their air purifier against the smoke from a couple pounds of Trump Steaks."