Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"John Wick didn't kill all those people because they broke his toaster." -MickAK

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"We Can Accept Fascist Powers If We Can Waive Using Them"

That seems to be the position of the Obama Administration, that as long as they don't want to throw people in prison indefinitely with no Constitutional protections, it's OK with them if Congress gives them that power.

Are they all nucking futs? The entire point of having a written constitution is so that we don't have to depend on the good will of any particular sovereign. Maybe President Obama is not comfortable with labeling people as "terrorists" and imprisoning them forever, but for damn sure, a President Cheney would have had no problem with locking up everyone who was not a registered Republican.

We already know that there is an entire political party which regards "the rule of law" as an outmoded principle for a gentler age, like back when the enemy was the Soviet Union and we lived under the threat of being annihilated in less time than it took Herman Cain to deliver a pizza. But now we have a president, a man who once taught Constitutional Law, saying that it's OK if he has dictatorial powers as long as he doesn't use them.

Does this make sense to anyone?

Oh, and once again, the Democrats showed their negotiating ability on the matter of the payroll tax cut. But that's nothing new.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

Vote 'em all out.

Allan S said...

In the entire history of the human race, has any organization or group, ever not used powers they were Given? I think not...Allan

BadTux said...

Okay, in one corner, we have someone who is sane and intelligent, but evil. In the other corner, we have an insane clown posse with less intelligence than the stupidest of our cats, equally evil.

Question: Which one do I vote for this upcoming November? Sane smart evil, or insane stupid evil? I guess it'll be the sane smart one -- we survived Richard Nixon, after all, but damn near didn't survive the Shrubbery -- but damn, WASF. Good and hard, up the rear.

- Badtux the Waddling Penguin

Stewart Dean said...

It may be that this provision was inserted to "legalize" that existence and uncontrolled action of JSOC, see here:
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/06/140056904/the-top-secret-america-created-after-9-11

OldRetiredDude said...

This crap really breaks my heart...you would think a constitutional scholar like Obama would see how this appears, but it seems once you get in a position of power all you really care about is amassing more power.

Nangleator said...

If he sells off one cop pistol anywhere in the whole nation, and the next day or year or century, there's a successful terrorist attack...

No, he can't do anything like that. Not now, not in his next term. He's the wrong color to be able to do that.