Monday, December 19, 2005

Hail Dubya!

Bush Coping Mechanisms

I'm going to have to learn to live with Mister Bush. He's not going away, and I can't let my head explode every time I hear him talk because that's bad for my health. So I need to accept the ludicrous reality known as the president of the United States and get on with my life.

For starters, I better get used to the idea that he's going to skate away from the NSA spying fiasco, because he is. We've thought he'd painted himself in a corner before, but the guy always manages to dance out of it. He's got more lives than ten litters of kittens.

As Think Progress points out, in yesterday's speech, Mister Bush said that his warrantless domestic wiretaps were personally approved by Alberto Gonzales. So they had to be okay, right?

Now, you and me, if we decided to sneak break into a stranger's house and look at all his stuff, and got caught, we'd be in big trouble. Can you imagine what would happen to you and me if we stood in front of a judge and told him it was legal for us to break into the house because our lawyer told us it was okay?

But that's talking about you and me. We're not the commander-in-chief. Mister Bush is. Because the Constitution says so.

Keep in mind, now, Article II of the Constitution says Mister Bush is commander-in-chief of the military, not of the whole country. When America is at war--formally declared by Congress or not--the rest of us don't turn into semi-soldiers and sailors. We're still just plain old citizens. We don't have to salute the guy, or even stand at attention when he comes on TV.

And nothing in the Constitution says being commander-in-chief makes it okay for a President to break the law in wartime or peacetime.

But Alberto Gonzales seems to think it does. That's what he says. And he's the head lawyer for the commander-in-chief, so whatever he says goes.


But we don't have to take just 'Berto's word for it. Congress says it's okay for Mister Bush to break the law if he thinks he has to. It's all in the September 18, 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.
…the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

Of course, defeatists, cut-and-runners, and the media might say that "all necessary and appropriate force" doesn't include breaking the law.

But they're not 'Berto, so what they say doesn't count.

And as 'Berto pointed out this morning on MSNBC, in the case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court upheld Mister Bush's authority to hold U.S. citizens without trial.

Heck, compared to locking away any American he wants at the snap of his fingers, what's a little domestic spying?


Mister Bush is making his own law. He's not even trying to hide it anymore. Whoever snitched on him will likely get nailed on some cockamamie espionage charge.

But Mister Bush won't be punished for anything. The American people elected him President of the United States, and 'Berto, Congress, and the courts made him Absolute Emperor of the Entire Known Universe. And there's not much any of us can do about it.

That's mighty hard for me to take, but I'm going to have to get used to it.


  1. Anonymous10:23 AM


    It's probally beyond me to say, but I still can't give in to these fuckwads. Call it the Marine in me if you want, I'll accept that.

    I hope to see the warrior nature in many of us, come out of the attic here in the next few months. Maybe this will help us spread the word, and get involved in the effort to start kicking these worthless bastards in office - out on their heads.

    Leadership starts somewhere right? Pissed off leadership is a good place to start I always say. Light a fire under peoples asses, always seems to work wonders.

    Oh, and please spare me the Total Quality thing, willya?

    Semper Fidelis

  2. Keep up the good fight, barndog! If you get a chance, please help us promote the piece over at ePluribus.

  3. It seems to me that if enough people get annoyed, or frightened enough - The Hard Left is already there, as well as a LOT of the Middle and Soft Left, and some of the Soft Right, we might see bodies out marching in the street. That would probably cause the paid off media to renege on the deal and publicize it. All those millions of people world-wide who protested the Iraq invasion were ignored by electronic media because Bush seemed invincible.

    Well, he's wounded now, and the electronic media smells the blood. They WILL report protest marches now, as will quite a few in the print media.

    I listened to the oration/stumble fest on radio, and it was embarassing. The actual speech was reteitive, weak on explanation and clarification, and seemed to me to be relying all too heavily on the authority of the Office, rather than authority of the Law.

    I think most Americans are past the "Trust Me" stage.

    Babbling responses to obviously pre-distrbuted questions that should have been home run softballs were ridiculous. I wonder if the radio feed in his earpiece didn't work for some reason?

  4. "I wonder if the radio feed in his earpiece didn't work for some reason?"

    Ho, ho! Wouldn't somebody be in trouble over that?

  5. If that's what happened we'll get to hear about "journalists" having all electronic devices taken away from them before the next "press conference" in 2012.