Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Bush As Dictator—How Soon?

What if...the Supreme Court told Bush his signing statements were unconstitutional, as were his wiretaps? I wish they would, as a matter of fact. But what if Bush and Cheney and Gonzales said, “Well, fuck the Supreme Court; Andrew Jackson got away with it, and we will too!”

What would we do? Congress would reluctantly start impeachment proceedings, hoping to stall them out until the next presidential election. The idea of impeaching a president—and vice-president, why not?—is momentus. I remember quite well when Nixon was forced to resign, after the SCOTUS ordered him to turn over the tape recordings that gave away the game. According to John Dean, ex-White House lawyer, Nixon played with the idea of the ultimate stonewall, but somehow had the good sense to not do it. Nixon was a through-and-through politician, though; Bush is not. He’s the dummy sitting on Cheney’s lap. But, what if?

Reports have it that the GOP-niks in Congress don’t mind the signing statements; the only reason they might be starting to distance themselves from the war is the upcoming November election. I doubt, these days, that very many of the reformed GOP give a hoot, really, about the Bill of Rights or any part of the Constitution.

If that all happened, why, then, Bush would be dictator, wouldn’t he?

This is a scary essay, but worth reading. It might come to pass.

...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.

--Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

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