Friday, March 24, 2006
Bush and "Original Intent"
John Dean on Bush's imperial ambitions:
Bush's position is that he does not need Congressional approval for his measures. Even he does not claim that Congress gave him express power to undertake them, but he does claim that Congress indirectly approved such measures when it authorized the use of force to go after those involved in the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States.Reading this assessment, it occurred to me that seeing indirect approval in a bill that contains no words permitting the actions Bush has taken is just a wee tad inconsistent for a guy whose favorite people are religious fundamentalists and the "Original Intent" faction of the Supreme Court. Apparently, a literal interpretation is only for preventing other people from doing what they think they should do.
Which helps them, in a dysfunctional kinda way, because if they were smart enough to notice the irony they might have to also develop a sense of shame, which would be really inconvenient for them to work through.
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