Saturday, June 23, 2007
Nothing Up My Sleeve....Presto
There's a reason Dick Cheney has had a nine percent approval rating (wait, I'll let that figure sink in), the man's arrogance and probable complicity in constitutionally illegal activities will be something future history and political science classes study for years to come. Never has a vice president had this power.
I know, I know...people get bored with political posts, but I think it is worth pausing to consider a recent news story. Apparently, in an attempt to block the government process that allows checks and balances and oversight, Cheney had declared his office is not part of the executive.
I'll let that sink in.
Furthermore, the president has agreed with him.
One wonders therefore which part of government Cheney considers himself to be part of. The legislative? The Judicial?
Perhaps he is planning a new layer? The monarchial branch?
Hey Dick, have you read this? It's from the Constitution:
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows---
The story broke when Cheney threatened to axe the agency that monitors national security documents (I didn't think he had that power). Apparently they have been trying to get information from since 2003, when he stopped providing them what they wanted. 2003...now why does that sound familiar? Ah, isn't that when we started our attack on Iraq????
So how would the rightwing conservatives answer this? I went to the National Review...nothing. I went to the Wall Street Journal....nothing. I swung by NewsMax, another right zilch. What about The Spectator? No. Fox? I was astonished to see that their website covered the story. Well, at least sort of, Fox gave it a paragraph on their website burying it in the political section (compared to a massive column with links raging at a disputed story which, according to right wing Sen. Inhoffe [the man who believes global warming is a worldwide left wing conspiracy] Boxer and Clinton made about right wing radio---three years ago)
I'm done ranting for now.
At least I didn't mention Ann Coulter.
Posted by Stewart Sternberg at 5:07 AM