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    and thanks for the recommend

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 03:46:28 AM PDT

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    •  Nixon was apparently ahead of his time (4+ / 0-)
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      Clearly, Cheney, who spent his time in the Ford WH chafing at the limitations placed on executive power after Watergate, spent 8 years paying back those perceived indignities w/ interest.  For reasons that I'll never understand, one admittedly horrific day caused this country to largely toss aside >200 years of constitutional protections.   While the "Change" meme of 2008 was, in hindsight, deliberately vague, I assumed than that it meant restoring something resembling the rule of law after 8 years of executive aggrandizement.

      While the Holder DOJ isn't as bad as the Gonzales DOJ, it's hard to distinguish it from the Mukasey DOJ.   The failure to even refer Yoo and Bybee to their respective state bars for disciplinary investigations remains utterly astounding.  Too Big To Indict isn't exactly what I had in mind, either.

      The worst thing about this approach is the precedent it sets for future presidencies.  If, in 2017, say, a President Christie continues (or extends) the current approach, there won't be much we can do about it at that point.  Our current silence will be deemed to have been assent.

      Terrible things have been happening to our legal system ever since 5 Supremes stayed our FL recount on 12/9/00.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:34:32 AM PDT

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