Frog Soup

Ruminations on the twilight of democracy in America.
by Monkey99


Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Opposing Gonzales

As troubling as is Gonzales' role behind enabling and justifying the use of torture in The War on Terror, much more troubling is his support of arbitrary seizure and imprisonment. The latter policy really is the foundation upon which rests the former. The ability to snatch people from their homes or from the streets, at will, and hold them at the discretion of the executive, indefinitly, and incommunicado, is one of the lynchpins of autocracy. And that is exactly the power that Gonzales believes the President should have. As near as I can tell, he has taken the short description of the President's role as Commander-in-Chief described in Article II Section 2 Clause 1: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States ..." and extrapolated from that simple statement a whole list of powers that he deems "inherent to the President". This list of supposedly inherent powers appears nowhere in the Constitution, and is in fact, contradicted by many statements in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. And the list bears an eerie resemblance to the list of grievances enumerated in the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence.

Given that the abuse of executive power by King George III is the reason our nation's founders fought the Revolutionary War, it is absurd to think that they would endow our chief executive with these same authorities. Gonzales' halucinatory interpretation of the Constitution belies all the GOP's rhetoric about original intent, and strict constructivism. He is an enemy of Democracy and has no business holding the highest law enforcement office in the federal government.

Thom Hartmann nails it.


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