The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

It's Mourning In America

Prominent conservatives have spent the week reminding us of the great things about America. The diversity, the freedoms, the civil rights guaranteed to all, and the principle that no American is above the law. All of which fill them with disgust.

George W. Bush on the separation of powers: Members of Congress are entitled to their views and should express them. Yet debating these differences should not come at the expense of funding our troops.

Condi Rice on the results of four years of war: I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the problem's been solved or that we've made substantial progress. I can tell you that there are initial signs that are good.

Dick Cheney on the Constitution: Clearly, Congress has a role to play. They are responsible for appropriating funds. But there's an area, once they cross over a line, that's pretty well drawn in the Constitution that says, under I think it's Article II of the Constitution, the president is the commander in chief. He's the one who makes the decisions about the use of military force, how they're deployed, when they're deployed, what purposes they're deployed for.

Well, sorta. As long as you deny the existence of Article I. The Congress shall have the power...

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States.

But fascism isn't just found in the White House. No, it's taken firm root in the Republican party.

Mitt Romney: [Cato Institute President Ed Crane] asked if Romney believed the president should have the authority to arrest U.S. citizens with no review. Romney said he would want to hear the pros and cons from smart lawyers before he made up his mind.

Rudolph Giuliani: Crane said that he had asked Giuliani the same question a few weeks ago. The mayor said that he would want to use this authority infrequently.

Two of the men who want to run the nation have publicly stated that it's fine-- although there are pros and cons-- for the president to deny citizens due process of law