Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Dictatorship on the way?

Suppose Hillary Clinton got elected president, and soon after taking office she quietly claimed the authority to disobey a whole bunch of laws, asserting that she had the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with HER interpretation of the Constitution? I'm talking about a LOT of laws--like about 750.

What would you do if you were in Congress? Call for impeachment? Censure? An investigation, requiring her to testify under oath?

Or maybe you'd just shrug and say, "Hey, we're in a war on terror--the president has to do what she has to do. I may not have voted for Hillary, but surely she wouldn't abuse the power she's claimed..."

(Okay, I plagiarized some of that, as you can see from the quote below...)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional....

(From Bush challenges hundreds of laws - The Boston Globe)
Thanks to Sizzlin' Gizzards and The Era


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