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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I just finished an excellent article at CBS News about our malfunctioning executive/legislative branches of government. Here's a teaser:
A New "King George"
The Nation: President Bush's Handling Of The War Recalls Warnings From Founding Fathers
by Robert Scheer
George W. Bush is the imperial president that James Madison and other founders of this great republic warned us about. He lied the nation into precisely the "foreign entanglements" that George Washington feared would destroy the experiment in representative government, and he has championed a spurious notion of security over individual liberty, thus eschewing the alarms of Thomas Jefferson as to the deprivation of the inalienable rights of free citizens. But most important, he has used the sledgehammer of war to obliterate the separation of powers that James Madison enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
It gets better. And Scheer doesn't spare the dysfunctional Congress for not exercising their power to de-fund the President, either. The whole article is supported by quotes from the likes of George Washington and James Madison. You know... real authorities on tyrannical governments.
After you finish the above article, take a trip down memory lane and read (or reread) this gem from '03. Then ask yourself, "Are things getting better? ...Or worse?"


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