Skip to comments.Watching the Constitution Fade Away (Paul Craig Roberts B.S. Alert)
Posted on 05/04/2006 2:47:53 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot
The Bush administration has done more damage to Americans and more harm to America's reputation than any other administration in history. Yet a majority of Republicans still support Bush. This tells much about blind party loyalty.
By encouraging the move offshore of American jobs and manufacturing, Bush has run up tremendous trade deficits that have undermined the world's confidence in the dollar as the reserve currency. Recently, both Chinese and Russian government officials warned of the dollar's shaky status. The fall in confidence in the dollar is evidenced by the sharp run-up in the price of gold. In January 2001, the price of gold was about $240 per ounce. Today, the price is $660 per ounce.
The price of gasoline has risen from around $1.30 per gallon to over $3.00. Obviously, Bush's war in the Middle East did not ensure the oil supply.
On Bush's watch, 3 million U.S. manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Tens of thousands of highly qualified U.S. engineers have lost their employment. U.S. job growth has fallen 6 million to 7 million jobs behind population growth. Recent college graduates are employed as waitresses and bartenders. (That's never been the case before Bush. LOL!!)
Illegal immigration has continued to explode. While Bush spends $1 trillion and many lives trying to control borders in the Middle East, America's borders remain undefended and overrun. Bush advocates amnesty for the illegals who have invaded America, while Bush invades distant countries.
On false pretenses, Bush invaded Iraq, a country that comprised no threat to America. American high explosives have devastated Iraq and its infrastructure, and killed at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians people to whom Bush claims to be bringing freedom and democracy.
All stability has disappeared from Iraq. Iraqis now live in fear of one another, as well as in fear of American troops. On April 28, Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi said that 100,000 Iraqi families have been uprooted by the sectarian violence unleashed by Bush's overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
Not content with the uncontrollable mayhem he has brought to Iraq, Bush hopes to expand the catastrophe by attacking Iran. The U.S. secretary of state, sounding like the warmonger she is, says the United States may ignore the United Nations and attack Iran on its own initiative. This would be the second time that the Bush administration initiated a war of aggression war crimes under the Nuremburg standard established by the United States.
Bush claims that he is a higher authority than both U.S. law and international law. In the past, U.S. presidents vetoed laws with which they disagreed. Bush signs the laws and ignores them.
Bush has declared himself to be the sole judge of the limits of his powers a claim that violates Bush's oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Bush has set aside the Bill of Rights by detaining people indefinitely without charges, by kidnapping and torturing people, and by spying on Americans without warrants. These are actions that are illegal under law, as well as unconstitutional. All of these violations of law and the Constitution are serious impeachable offenses.
Yet, Congress is supine as the Bush regime exercises dictatorial powers. The exercise of these dictatorial powers by the executive is a far greater danger to American liberty than are Muslim terrorists.
Bush's apologists claim that only terrorists have anything to fear. However, unaccountable executive power is inconsistent with free societies. America is no exception. Unless Bush is impeached and turned over to the war crimes court in the Hague, Americans will never reclaim their liberties from an executive branch that has established itself as the sole judge of the limits of its powers.
As Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, wrote last month, "We now live in a nation in which the president has the omnipotent power to ignore all constitutional restraints on his power." Bruce Fein, a Justice Department official in the Reagan administration, said that Bush "is moving us toward an unlimited executive power."
The Bush regime's practice of excessive secrecy and denial of information to Congress allows it to avoid judicial review of its power claims. Bush ignores Congress and evades the courts.
When President Richard Nixon made excessive claims for presidential powers, principled Republicans revolted and helped to bring down Nixon. Today's Republicans are loyal only to power. They have no principles. By supporting Bush, Republicans are bringing down America.
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Gold was 253 Euros to the ounce in January 2001, it is now 520 Euros to the ounce. Obviously there has been a serious loss of confidence in the Euro.
I couldn't bring myself to finish this . . . I'll come back later when I'm drunk.
If the Constitution is under any threat, it's from liberal activist judges who for years have been unconstitutionally making their own laws and abusing their judicial powers in the name of political correctness.
I don't know what happened to this fella, but he is now definitely in the Helen Thomas "Hate Bush" club.
He used to be reliably conservative. What pushed him off the deep end?
I don't agree with everything the President has done, but this article is a cheap slam. The dollar's fall had as much to do with cleaning up the last bubble's excesses as anything. Gold has been surging against all currencies, IIRC. Iran, IMO, declared war on us in 1979. Iran has admitted it houses top Al Qaeda people (Osama's sons)- there are many reasons why we can attack at will, as per the Congress' ipso facto declaration of war (for all intents and purposes, all necessary force = dec of war). Mfg? Does this guy remember the Japanese buying Rockefeller Center? Does he not realize offshoring is only in the news during a Rep administration? I'm not happy with a lot of things, but Bush has inherited alot of things...
I like how Jonah Goldberg referred to morons like this one; spittle flecked bloggers.
" Illegal immigration has continued to explode. While Bush spends $1 trillion and many lives trying to control borders in the Middle East, America's borders remain undefended and overrun. Bush advocates amnesty for the illegals who have invaded America, while Bush invades distant countries. "
He got this right ...
There are so many logical fallacies just in the first three sentences that I gave up.
I really don't know, but it wasn't just a move to the center, it was a rabid Michael Moore move to the left.
Ha ha! I read the entire article, and wondered to my self the whole time, "why am I reading this garbage?".
It's caused me to want a drink.
He says this like ignoring the U.N. is a bad thing.
Believe me, you could spend 3 hours on a crack pipe, and still not want to go back there.
Instead of putting the Parenthesis with the Paul Craig Robert BS alert, you should have put a Parenthesis saying: (Knee jerk defenders of Bush come and post here) because that's what is going on.
Since when are conservatives supposed to be mindless knee jerk defenders of a Republican president?
Paul Craig Roberts raises some good points that should be discussed. Unfortunately Free Republic seems to have been taken over by some kind of Democrat underground which is chasing any and all valid discusion right off the pages in favor of what sounds like mob decision making.
At least Paul is citing two beacons of honesty and credibility in this rant. LOL!
..the Bush regime exercises dictatorial powers. The exercise of these dictatorial powers by the executive is a far greater danger to American liberty than are Muslim terrorists.
...unaccountable executive power is inconsistent with free societies. America is no exception. Unless Bush is impeached and turned over to the war crimes court in the Hague, Americans will never reclaim their liberties from an executive branch that has established itself as the sole judge of the limits of its powers.
Wow. I get called a traitor here because I defend the rights of people to trade goods and services without government interference. These same people consider this horses ass to be a patriot who only has America's best interests at heart. Weird.
Very few people realize it but Russia, under the long Communist reign, had a constitution. It read almost word for word like the U. S. Constitution.
It was meaningless because it was not enforced. Our own constitution, by gradual erosion, has reached that point - almost. It doesn't have far to go.
It would be hard for a staff of constitutional scholars to find even one article of the U. S. Constitution that has not been violated by government again and again, or just simply ignored.
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