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  •  A Brilliant Disguise (2+ / 0-)
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    roadbear, Enzo Valenzetti

    How ironic that cable television pundits on both sides of the political spectrum are uniting for or against President Obama's clear power grab.  While a lack of consensus on the propriety of this president's lack of transparency in the execution of his "war on terror" is understandable in such a polarized country, one would imagine that, at the very least, we as a nation might come together in near unanimous agreement that such unilateral powers deemed necessary by the president, must be properly ceded in a democratic manner. That means, the people, or their elected representatives must understand the risks and rewards of bestowing such broad powers on the executive branch, as well as the inherent consequences that may result as future occupants of the Oval Office dispense such awesome discretion cloaked in secrecy.

    Denying a United States citizen the right of due process based on one man's or one woman's complete self-proclaimed "authority" as judge, jury and executioner is a chilling concept that was once considered an unthinkable possibility in our country not too many years ago. Yet here we are on the precipice of that realization, without so much as having the opportunity as a nation to willingly consent, as the "power" is claimed without challenge.

    It has been said the U.S. Constitution is a living document. I can't help but wonder if it now weeps.

    "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." --George McGovern

    by Progressive Pride on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:34:31 PM PST

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