Monday, June 26, 2006

Law Prof. Says Bush’s behavior violates the rule of law: Meanwhile, Bush administration thumbs its nose at Congress.

Pres. Bush threw temper tantrum today. "The fact that a newspaper disclosed [U.S. spying on Americans] makes it harder to win this war on terror," an irascible Bush complained totally out of touch with his responsibilities as President.

Bush has always viewed his job as “ordained.” From the offhanded quip to European media that he obeys a “higher Father” to his irresponsible challenge to terrorist, “bring it on,” Bush has demonstrated an unsophisticated understanding of our nation’s system of checks and balances.

Bush once bragged that he didn’t read books. What a shame. Had he done, he might not have made such a mess of our country.

To understand why he has failed, Pres. Bush need only pay attention to the headlines. For instance, Associated Press reports, “Sen. John McCain thought he had a deal when Pres. Bush faced with a veto-proof margin in Congress, agreed to sign a bill banning the torture of detainees. Not quite. While Bush signed the new law, he also quietly approved another document: a signing state.”

Only an arrogant man would treat Congress as if it were a “doormat.”

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is opening hearings Bush’s favorite technique: overriding Congress in the name of wartime national security.

Arlen Specter, a Republican member of Congress, put it this way, “"It's a challenge to the plain language of the Constitution…I'm interested to hear from the administration just what research they've done to lead them to the conclusion that they can cherry-pick."

Specter and other are right to be angry, says David Golove, a law professor at New York University. "It means that the administration does not feel bound to enforce many new laws which Congress has passed. This raises profound rule of law concerns. Do we have a functioning code of federal laws?"


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