Monday, July 09, 2007

Bush to Congress: Just Say No

Breaking news: Bush Just Says No, as rightly he should. I don't like the word "defies" in this link's headline. Bush has absolutely no reason to say "yes." He has every reason to assert his private conversations in the Oval Office are private, just as Nancy Pelosi does in her office.

Saying no is saying no. "Defying" Congress is so not the issue here and shows the headline writer hasn't a clue what's really going on.

But it will ultimately go to the Supreme Court for yet another ruling.

I firmly believe that unless there are some conversations, some communications that are private then everything from the President's office should be piped directly into Congress.

That Congress thinks it is privy to each and everything is utterly ridiculous, and getting more ridiculous every day. And if it were so, it would be the undoing. of our country.

1 comment:

pam said...

The first sentence of the story you linked said: "The White House also refused to turn over documents..."

The writer is justified in using the word "defying" since The Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978, 44 U.S.C. ß2201-2207, governs the official records of Presidents and Vice Presidents created and/or received. The PRA changed the legal ownership of the official records of the President from private to public, and established a new statutory structure under which Presidents must manage their records.

Not only is Bush/Cheney defying congress, they are defying the law. But you're probably right, Bush has the Supreme court in his pocket and undoubtedly they will rule in his favor, probably after another Scalia/Cheney hunting trip.

So much for checks and balances, open government for and by the people, and the integrity of law. This withholding of information is an abuse of power - what characterizes fascism, authoritarianism, totalitarian theocracies, etc. I would assume you're a big fan of such forms of government.

What is most staggering is to think where we would be right now if the Bush presidency had been a successful one. We'd clearly be on the road to a fascist theocracy. It's bad now, but it could have been far worse.