Endgame For The Constitution
The Omnipotent (But Far From Omniscient) Executive

By Paul Craig Roberts
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 per gallon. Obviously, Bush's war in the Middle East did not  ensure the oil supply.
On Bush's watch, three million US manufacturing jobs have disappeared.  Tens of thousands of highly qualified US engineers have lost their  employment. US job growth has fallen six to seven million jobs behind  population growth. Recent college graduates are employed as waitresses  and bartenders.
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 over run. 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  who 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 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 US Secretary of  State, sounding like the warmonger she is, says the US may ignore the  United Nations and attack Iran on its own initiative. This would be the  second time that the Bush administration initiated wars of  aggression--war crimes under the Nuremburg standard established by the  US.
Bush claims that he is higher authority than both US law and  international law. In the past, US 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 US  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 the regime 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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