Thursday, October 19, 2006

Constitutional Crisis

Sidney Blumenthal's has done an interview for Los Angeles City Beat, in which he talks about the Neo Conservatives and their history. He ends with this sobering statement.
We're headed into a potential constitutional crisis if the Democrats get one or both houses of Congress. They will certainly have subpoena power and I think the Bush administration is likely to resist the production of documents.

The idea in my book is that Bush has created a radical presidency that is unaccountable. And if a check-and-balance is introduced for the first time to Bush, instead of one-party rule, we're going to have another crisis. The conflict will increase, not diminish. As Bette Davis said, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy ride."
I don't entirely agree with Mr. Blumenthals suggestion that Democrats taking power is going to trigger a constitutional crisis; I would rather say that we are already having a constitutional crisis. We have a presidency who believes in the unitary executive and does not believe that the other branches of government should have any oversight. Thus far the Republican Congress has abdicated their responsibilities, and let this state of affairs continue.

So a Democratic Congress is cure to this disease, not the disease. Yeah it might make things rough for a while, far enough. But it will be better in the end.

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