Once again, President George W. Bush has shown complete disregard and utter contempt for the documents which define this country: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Speaking in Crawford, Texas, Monday, Bush said:
The loss of life on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border has been a great tragedy. Millions of Lebanese civilians have been caught in the crossfire of military operations because of the unprovoked attack and kidnappings by Hezbollah. The humanitarian crisis in Lebanon is of deep concern to all Americans, and alleviating it will remain a priority of my government.
"My government?" Abraham Lincoln, in the Gettysburg Address, said the Constitution establishes a government "of the people, by the people and for the people." The Declaration of Independence starts with phrase "We the people." They say nothing of turning the government over to any elected official so that it becomes "my government."
Presidents have administrations and they can, and usually do, refer to such as "my administration." But Bush, we believe, feels his power is absolute and the government of this nation belongs not to the people but to him and him alone.
This is not the first time that Bush has disregarded the protections of freedoms that are the cornerstone of our Republic. His widespread abuse of power has forced the Supreme Court to slap him down again and again, especially on the abandonment of Constitutionally-guaranteed rights for detainees at Guantanamo and others held without due course in the hysteria following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The American Bar Association recently issued a report noting his abuse of the Constitution through a deluge of "signing statements" where he declares he does not have to obey laws passed by Congress.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while serving as White House Counsel, wrote a memo that referred to the Constitution as "an outdated document" and Bush himself has expressed contempt for the very document he has twice sworn an oath to uphold and defend.
America is no longer a democracy or a democratic republic. Government no longer belongs to the people. The President of the United States has declared it do be a government of Bush, by Bush and for Bush.
In his own words, Bush calls it "my government."
As has happened too often in the past, the fate of a nation and the world rests in the hands of a megalomaniacal despot who claims absolute power to wage war, destroy freedom and spread chaos.