Sanctioning lawlessness

The Nation
by David Cole

10/08/06

In a decisive 1-0 decision Monday, President Bush voted to grant the president the constitutional power to grant himself additional powers. ... Republicans fearful that the president's new power undermines their ability to grant him power have proposed a new law that would allow senators to permit him to grant himself power. -- The Onion, August 1 ... It's so hard to be a satirist these days. When reality outstrips even The Onion, what's left for Jon Stewart? This summer, the Supreme Court issued a shot across the bow, decisively repudiating expansive executive authority to try 'enemy combatants' in kangaroo courts as a violation of Congressional dictates and the Geneva Conventions. On September 28 Congress rewarded the President's lawlessness by giving him a blank check to do it some more. ... After all, what's more important: America's standing in the world and the rule of law, or partisan advantage in the midterm elections?

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