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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cracking Up?

I've experienced a lot of anxiety over the last six years, watching the egregious power grabs and usurpations of the people's rights made by this appalling President and his men. Things are looking interesting now for Bush, in a Chinese kinda way.

The scandal bubbling up over the U.S. Attorneys purge may well be his Alamo, which I'm thinking the neo-Texan is not remembering all that well, but...

In "What's Bush's Game?", posted at Daily Kos, Kagro X outlines some disturbing realities regarding just how much leverage the Legislative Branch doesn't have as regards its duty to check the Executive.
That's some game, eh? Enforcement of the contempt power falls to the U.S. Attorneys -- the political strong-arming and contamination of which brought us to this crisis in the first place. Heck, you'd almost think they... planned it.

Hop over there and read about the mendacity and cynicism in play. It certainly bummed me out sobered me up.

On a more encouraging note, I find this pushback particularly intriguing, and the kind of thing which signals that real change is in the air (h/t Cause for Concern, via Mike's Blog Roundup at Crooks And Liars:
WASHINGTON – An alliance of prominent national conservatives will hold a news conference on Tuesday, March 20, to announce the formation of the American Freedom Agenda (AFA), a coalition established to restore checks and balances and civil liberties protections under assault by the Executive Branch. The restoration would bind the current and all future occupants of the White House, irrespective of party affiliation. The group will present a legislative package to restore congressional oversight and habeas corpus, end torture and extraordinary rendition, narrow the President’s authority to designate “enemy combatants,” prevent unconstitutional wiretaps and mail openings, protect journalists from prosecution under the Espionage Act, and more.

They will present a “Freedom Pledge” to all Presidential candidates of both parties to sign, and call for a bipartisan grassroots campaign to protect the vision of the Founding Fathers — that no single branch of government should have excessive power.

Now, a "Freedom Pledge" doesn't seem to have the gravitas of, say, a clarifying Constitutional amendment (which, in my opinion, wouldn't be a bad idea - just an unrealistic one), but I am glad to see that there may still be some honest patriots in the party of corporate interests.

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