There is a core question lurking under many blog posts I’ve been reading and conversations I’ve been having.
In the post Bush Above Law – Bush IS Law I wrote,
Republicans are saying that the Constitution gives Bush UNLIMITED power because we are, as they like to say, “at war.” Keep in mind that they also say we will continue to be “at war” for decades.
In the comments, Daniel asks the question:
If the president is above the law, what would stop him from canceling elections until his declared WAR is over?
That’s it. That’s the central question here. Is it a hypothetical? They assert that Bush is above all laws, that the never-ending “war on terror” gives him the right – the responsibility – to do anything he feels is necessary, and that the only recourse we have is trust in his wisdom.
Suppose he decides that elections would be too disruptive to the war? What if he believes his own nonsense when he says things like Democrats “provide comfort to our adversaries” and decides he has to protect the country from the possibility of traitors taking charge? I mean, he says it, he sends others out to say it — is it just possible he means it? At what point should we maybe take the hint?
Watch your backs.