Saturday, March 11, 2006
Saving the Constitution
Patriots on both sides of the aisle need to put aside their policy differences and stand together in defense of constitutional government - while we still have a democracy worth saving.So says Ira Eisenberg in Will the real conservatives please stand up? San Francisco Chronicle 03/10/06. His op-ed has some really good descriptions of the Constitutional issues at stake. For example:
Central to the neocon doctrine is the notion that the president possesses "inherent powers" - nowhere to be found in the Constitution but somehow divined from his role as commander in chief - to take the law into his own hands when confronted with a threat to "national security." It is the basis upon which the Bush administration has justified torturing "enemy combatants," holding them incommunicado indefinitely without judicial hearing, a hope of a trial or, in most cases, access to a lawyer. In addition, as we only recently learned, snooping on countless ordinary Americans without congressional permission or supervision by the courts.I wouldn't exactly deal with the concept of "real conservatives" the way he does. But his descriptions of the issues that Bush and Cheney's power grab raises is really good.
| +Save/Share | |
No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
[Tip: Point cursor to any comment to see title of post being discussed.]
SEARCH THIS SITE
News & Media Links