Vice President Cheney delivered a speech early Sunday morning before a formationActually, as I understand it, this story that ran in the "New Yorke Times" was an April Fool's Day hoax, but nonetheless several lefty bloggers are wagging their fingers while saying, "Don't be surprised if it really happens, though." The reasoning? Bush wasn't actually elected the first time he held office; he was essentially appointed by the Supreme Court. So he's entitled to a third term. Or, since the United States is conducting a war, preventing a change in Commander-in-Chief would promote continuity and protect us all. An act like this, they argue, is well within the modus operandi of the current Administration and its attacks on Constitutional checks and balances and how, to date, both parties have allowed it to happen. No more. The American people say "no more!"
of soldiers at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The speech was not publicized and
the prepared remarks were intended to boost troop morale. The comments were
fairly unremarkable except for one short comment near the end of the speech in
which Mr. Cheney suggested that the Bush Administration may seek to challenge
the 22nd amendment in the 2008 presidential election in an effort to ensure that
the war in Iraq is successful.
Long ago, Congress should have told the president it's not OK to detain people without trials. It's not all right with us to grab people off the streets and 'render' them to other countries to be tortured. It's not American to listen in to our telephone conversations. It's not fine, or usual, to promote attorneys "to serve at the pleasure of the President" who will bring forth false accusations in election years against the opposing party and to punish those who pursue legitimate claims against the party in power. And it borders on simple tyranny that the president can issue little "signing statements" that nullify laws he doesn't happen to like.
Just my opinion.