The Breathtaking Stupidity of The GOP
But what Ashcroft, and indeed the entire GOP, conveniently ignore is the fact that Americans must now trust every succeeding President with unconstitutional authority. If fact, even if The Deciderer imprisons no one, tortures no one, some unscrupulous latter day President will.
In order to make their President look tough in the short term, congressional Republicans and fellow travelers like Ashcroft have acted as the mid-wife for tyranny in the United States.
I might suggest Olbermann's commentary from last night, regarding Habeas Corpus. MSNBC video is available, but it should be floating around YouTube in a few hours! :)
Might I also suggest looking at my post from about 20 minutes ago.
String Cheese Theory
Though I'm using hyperbole in the title, I can't really believe that congressional Republicans didn't think this through. I mean, do they really want Democrats to have these powers?
Their long-term plan is to:
1. push the envelope
2. get away with it as long as they can
3. never admit defeat, even when it's overturned
4. learn the lessons of what they can get away with so that next time they are in power they can push harder, for more, faster.
They basically plan to create an ongoing series of facist Republican governments followed by short-term counterbalancing Democratic governments (where most BUT NOT ALL of the facist crap is overturned) followed by increasingly facist governments, until they finally can take over power permanently as they believe they are meant to do.
These people think long term. This is only the beginning for them. The are relentless and they are shameless. The Ashcroft's of the world are just pawns - fools who will repeat the justifying arguments of the day no matter how ridiculous.
watched them carefully when regean was in 'power'
all they did was re-group and come back stronger...
Frederick, nope. Different than Stalinists. Stanalists were smart, or at the very least cunning. The dumb ones were killed. Ashcroft is neither.
Lew, what? You don't like stirring patriotic ditties?
TFWY, what I find interesting is that Republicans would pass knowing that they're probably loose in 2008. Are they that confident that a Democratic president won't abuse the authority?