Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Is Bu$hCo Creating A Radical Republic?

Lawrence Powell, former Chief of Staff for Colin Powell in his tenure at the State Department, argues in the Baltimore Sun that Bu$h and his radical Jacobites are indeed creating a radical departure from our past traditions. He writes, in part, the following:

In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it will cease to be great - as happened to all great powers before it, without exception.

From the Kyoto accords to the International Criminal Court, from torture and cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners to rendition of innocent civilians, from illegal domestic surveillance to lies about leaking, from energy ineptitude to denial of global warming, from cherry-picking intelligence to appointing a martinet and a tyrant to run the Defense Department, the Bush administration, in the name of fighting terrorism, has put America on the radical path to ruin.

Unprecedented interpretations of the Constitution that holds the president as commander in chief to be all-powerful and without checks and balances marks the hubris and unparalleled radicalism of this administration.

Moreover, fiscal profligacy of an order never seen before has brought America trade deficits that boggle the mind and a federal deficit that, when stripped of the gimmickry used to make it appear more tolerable, will leave every child and grandchild in this nation a debt that will weigh upon their generations like a ball and chain around every neck. Imagine owing $150,000 from the cradle. That is radical irresponsibility.

I in no way excuse Secretary Powell for his actions in creating the mess in Iraq. Perhaps he was being a loyal soldier? Congress must step forward to stop this disaster of an administration. In the fall of 2006, electing Democrats in competitive races will be a good start. Peace ... or War!

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