The Bush administration, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.Then there is this next paragraph.......
The White House this week also formally notified Representative Richard H. Baker, Republican of Louisiana, that it would not support his legislation creating a federally financed reconstruction program for the state that would bail out homeowners and mortgage lenders. Many Louisiana officials consider the bill crucial to recovery, but administration officials said the state would have to use community development money appropriated by Congress.Though I expected the Baker Bill to be killed I am still very disappointed. However I am alarmed by Bush invoking executive privilege. Just as Bush sacrificed New Orleans to pursue his mad war on Iraq he is sacrificing this country in his mad pursuit of executive power. As we focus on the context of each new scandal in hope that exposure will limit Bush, the neo-con vision of the powerful executive becomes a reality before our eyes. Hopes of limiting the executive are dashed by the power of the executive as if we are caught in a cruel political tautology.
We are losing this country to a stonewalling, corrupt, law breaking, constitution shredding, dictatorial manchild. No president has pushed the limits of executive power as this one. George Bush is dangerous. In Bush we have a reckless, immature, irresponsible individual owned by a radical ideology. When he said, " if this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator" it was not hyperbole. He meant it. He was not elected to the office, he acquired it. Since that time his conduct regarding war and national security has been extralegal. The transparency inherent to democracy that would expose him is obscured through brute manipulation of Congress, the judiciary, the press and of course his stonewalling of all.....
On the creation of the 9/11 Commission
On testifying before the 9/11 commission
On the August 6th PDB
On investigating the CIA leak
On dismissing staff involved in the CIA leak
On the commission on pre-war intelligence
On global warming
On Cheney's energy task force
On wiretapping citizens
And now on the federal response to Katrina.
Executive privilege has its place but it is not intended to cover a multitude of sins. It is not cover for illegal acts or a means to dodge accountability for mistakes made. We face 3 more years of this and I fear how much worse it will become under George Bush. I fear not of terrorists destroying our country from without, but of the immature, irresponsible power hungry executive destroying us from within. If the other branches of government and the American people continue in their acquiescence, American ideals, as we once knew them, will be as dead as the New Orleans we once knew. And both will have died for Bush's sins.