Friday, January 05, 2007

Another assault on your freedom.

The contempt for Constitutional rights exhibited by the imperial presidency is without parallel in American history. Whatever criticism the Right had of F.D.R. applies to Dubya several times over. The criticism of Roosevelt was justified and criticm of Bush is even more justified.

Consider some recent legislation which was passed by Congress and signed into law by King George the Lesser. The law itself reiterates that an government snooping into your first class mail requires a search warrant. King George does give a damn what the law says or what the Constitution says.

While he signed the law he attached another one of his notorious "signing statements" which states that he will interpret the law any way he damn pleases. His statement said he would interpret the requirement "in a manner consisten. to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to construct searches in exigent circumstances."

Apologists for His Majesty argue that nothing is changing. Yet this raises an obvious question. If nothing is changing why did King George feel it necessary to add a signing statement? Ann Beeson of the ACLU notes exactly this: "The signing statement raises serious questions whether he is authorizing opening mail contrary to the Constitution and to the laws enacted by Congress. What is the purpose of the signing statement if it isn't that?"

If the United States Constitution meant anything at all then President Bush would be on trial for treason.