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An act of Congress is summarily dismissed by this unitary president.

Dec. 30, 2005; pertinent section of law passed by Congress:

"US interrogators cannot torture prisoners or otherwise subject them to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment."

Bush's signing statement:

"The president, as commander in chief, can waive the torture ban if he decides that harsh interrogation techniques will assist in preventing terrorist attacks."

If he had tried, Mr. Bush could not have done a better job of illustrating the weakness in our system of governance. As we see it, it is not a problem of wording or its intent. It is all about extremists who have achieved so much power that they fear not. The extremists, not that many really, are well glued together by the Neocons and their precepts. Neocons and sympathizers permeate the US government. Presidential signing statements can have the effects of decrees of a dictator unless Congress and the Supreme Court decide otherwise. Authoritarian Democrats doubtless covet such power and will pounce on it given the chance. Our society demands the most careful scrutiny of the candidates of both parties. Almost any moderate Republican of the Goldwater mold would be better than an authoritarian Democrat that is true to his "faith."
Democrats in Congress: How does it feel to have someone thumb his nose at you? Or do you too covet a unitary presidency to enforce an extreme-left-wing agenda no less Authoritarian and brutal?

For more unbelievable stuff visit: The Boston Globe


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