Friday, January 19, 2007

Imperial Presidency

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News last weekend, Vice President Cheney voiced this view of the role the electorate plays in the administration's decisions (WaPo):

Wallace: "By taking the [Iraq] policy you have, haven't you, Mr. Vice President, ignored the express will of the American people in the November election?"

Cheney: "Well, Chris, this president, and I don't think any president worth his salt, can afford to make decisions of this magnitude according to the polls. The polls change day by day."

Wallace: "This was an election, sir."

Cheney: "Polls change day by day, week by week."

A perfect example of Cheney twisting the facts and digging in.

Just like the twisted facts about Iraq's WMD to stampede us into the war in Iraq.

Just like continually trying to link 9/11 to Saddam.

"Cheney's Enigmatic Influence," over a strutting King George full of his imperial presidency is an evil influence. Cheney has grabbed power for the executive while operating in secrecy, has created an accountability black hole and shredded the Constitution.... while blatantly sneering at the will of the people.

Hopefully the new Congress can pry his sweaty hands from the scepter.

As Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) put it so well this week about Congress reasserting its' role in governing.... "This is not a monarchy."

Hear! Hear!

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