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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 01:40 PM
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Ray McGovern: The Constitution: Checking a Would-Be King
Who can forget the chutzpah of President George W. Bush as he bragged to Bob Woodward, Im commander in chief.... Thats the interesting thing about being president...I dont feel like I owe anybody an explanation.

* * *

Wrong, Mr. President. You and Vice President Cheney seem to have missed Constitution 101. And you seem to have laughed off admonitions against hiring lawyers eager to give an obsequious nihil obstat to whatever you want to do. You have allowed the likes of David Addington, Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo to do what Sen. Chuck Hagel (R, Nebraska) has accused you and your advisers of doing regarding Iraqmaking it up as they go along. Its enough to make one conclude that Shakespeare may have been right about lawyers.

Mr. President, you just cant keep making things upthings like unitary executive, and unlawful combatant, and military tribunals and enhanced interrogation techniques. You cannot make-believe them into law. These faux-legal constructs are now coming home to roost.

Contrary to what you have been quoted as saying, the U.S. Constitution is not just another piece of paper. Indeed, it seems to be getting a new lease on life these days. This week you and your lawyers ran into a tough judge who takes the Constitution very seriously indeed and shows no sign of bending with the prevailing winds.

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0819-29.htm
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 01:56 PM
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1. Calling Bush "King"
Edited on Sat Aug-19-06 01:56 PM by Turbineguy
gives a bad name to kings. But then "King" always goes will with a description. "King George the Idiot" or something like that. Perhaps we should call him "czar". "George the Terrible" has a nice ring to it.

But in America the has only been and will always be one "King"....

on edit: not to take anything away from BB King!
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Slyder Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 02:16 PM
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3. George III
George W. Bush is the third president of the US to have the first name George. This makes him George III, unless you count the three King Georges of Great Britain who also ruled the American colonies, in which case he would be George VI. How the first choice of George III is much more fun. Think about that famous Patrick Henry (a bona fide American hero and founding father) quote about treason, Caesar, Brutus, Charles I, Cromwell, and George III. I dare not quote it for fear of being accused of something and having someone stupid call for Patrick Henry's arrest!

All this calls to mind the quote, often seen in Latin, from the Psalms, I believe, and quoted when the teen-aged Edward VI became king of England: Woe is the nation whose king is a child.

God Save King George and the American Republic for which he stands. One King, now and forever. Amen.
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 07:45 PM
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8. Oh, but this is WAAAAY too easy and obvious...
Bush...George the Third...George the Turd
:spank:

I know I'm not the first one to come up with this...
in fact, haven't there been pics all over the net with little tiny flags of Bush's face planted in...how would you say it politely...
oh, screw being polite.
Piles of SHIT, George the Turd.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 02:13 PM
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2. The "unitary executive" is now cited in his signing statements
as a pretext for circumventing legislative provisions they find inconvenient.
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 02:22 PM
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4. How did "conservative" come to mean ripping up the Constitution into
little spitwads of hemp and flushing them down the White House executive toilets?

We need to announce the NEW CONSERVATISM: conservation of energy, conservation of the environment, conservative principles of lawfulness and ethical behavior in government and in the marketplace, no "foreign adventures," conservative preservation of our most cherished values of tolerance and equal opportunity, and old-fashioned, paper ballot, hand counting of votes.

Now THERE'S a Democratic Party platform: REAL CONSERVATISM.

The Bush junta and its corporate puppetmasters are the most radical people on this earth!

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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 07:06 PM
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7. First they trashed the word liberal now they trash the word conservative
not surprising, trash is all they do.
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patricia92243 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 05:56 PM
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5. Bush has said the Constitution was just a piece of paper??? Please tell m
me "no." This is just too horrible if it's true.

We need an emotion of someone wring their hands - in this case - me. :(
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:41 PM
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6. Afraid it's true...
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 09:54 PM
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9. But didn't her swear "to protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States from enemies foreign and domestic"?

He's really a bozo.
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 11:20 PM
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10. He did and he's violated it in a myriad of ways!
A clear violation of his oath of office and grounds for impeachment.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 11:41 PM
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11. true!!!!!!!!!!!!
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