New Englanders are happy having a team named The Patriots go undefeated this season. Sadly, the patriots we count on to win for all of us had a sorry season. In fact, they’ve had a sorry six and a half years. Lay the blame on the Bush administration, its lackies in the House and Senate, and the timid Democrats who played politics as if it were a game. Football is a game. Politics is real life.
It is pathetic when the most gutsy accomplishment that the Democrats can point to is keeping the Senate open over the holidays. This nasty and vindictive president refused to cut a last minute deal with the Democrats because he’d have to “promise” not to appoint Steven G. Bradbury to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.
The Democrats say Bradbury signed two secret memos in 2005 saying it was OK for the CIA to use harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism detainees. He remains as acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. They were willing to agree to allow Bush to make all his planned recess appointments if he would assure them he wouldn’t appointment Bradbury.
Those in polite society must call George W. Bush “President Bush” for as long as he lives Fortunately here on Capitol Hill Blue we don’t have to adhere to such niceties. When Clinton, Obama, Edwards, or another Democrat is sworn in on noon on January 20, 2009 I for one hope to hear the pundits constrained by good manners at least call him the disgraced former president.
Subverting the Senate presidential appointment confirmation process using the antiquated recess appointment, which he did to send a stink-bomb named John Bolton to the United Nations, is just an illustration of why this president is anything but patriotic.
Doug Thompson has been criticized because he couldn’t prove that George Bush actually said the Constitution was just a goddamned piece of paper. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bush, a Napoleon wannabe with sometimes loose lips, let his true thoughts slip out.
The Constitution was designed by the patriots who wrote it to be a living document, i.e., the pillar of our government that might from time to time need to be updated to fit changing times and circumstances. That’s why they wrote in the amendment process.
The Founders would be appalled that a president would try to subvert the Constitution by basically ignoring it.
The Constitution doesn’t spell out that the president should be a patriot. I can’t imagine the framers thinking adding such language would be necessary. After all how could they envision a president who would do the following?
1) Lying and inducing America and to Congress to support a war –
2) Reckless indifference to the lives of American troops –
3) Authorizing the use of rendition and torture in violation of U.S. laws and treaties –
4) Wiretapping and other surveillance in defiance of the law –
5) The use of signing statements to make Congress virtually irrelevant –
6) Appointing total hacks to important leadership positions like attorney general and head of FEMA –
6) Making companies like Halliburton and Blackwater extensions of the executive branch of government –
7) Doing everything possible, legal or illegal, to turn the office of the president into a dictatorship –
Adding all of these together it seems mild for me to simply tar Bush with the word “unpatriotic”.
Because of his systematic attempt to destroy the basic tenets of our republic I think the term “treasonous” is appropriate.