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Just sayin'

(Yes, I owe one sci-fi recap. Coming soon.)

Was it just me, or did anyone think Cheney in that wheelchair looked like Old Man Potter out there on the podium?

Or has this one already been done to death? Most of the jokes I saw involved the Imperial March from Star Wars or somethin'.

So, um, yeah. *Dance of victory*. Yay Obama, on day one he undid the worst abuses of Executive Branch power. I wonder if there's any constitutional method to keep another president from grabbing that much power again.

We need to encode, somewhere, that when Nixon said "if the president is doing it, it isn't against the law," he was wrong.


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Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
I was thinking Davros myself.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
The announcer on the channel I was watching made a reference to "Dr. Strangelove".

Constitutionally, I think Congress is supposed to rein in the President. I'm pretty sure the Supreme Court objected to Guantanamo and Bush ignored them. (Yes, I get all my news from the Metro free paper.)

The checks and balances were in place. Why didn't they work?
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
They didn't work largely because Congress rolled over and played dead for the first six years of the Bush administration. That said, the past eight years have revealed some serious flaws in our system: an administration with a cockamamie theory of Presidential power like The Unitary Executive can flout the traditional constraints on Presidential power, largely with impunity. I'm not sure there's a structural way to fix that.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I think the structural flaw is that there's no way to prosecute executives once out of office. Right now, it's "do whatever you want, and if you get caught, resign before they put you on trial" at all levels of government.
Jan. 24th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
an administration with a cockamamie theory of Presidential power like The Unitary Executive

Read your Constitution:

Article II, Section 1:
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

Article I, Section 6:
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

The theory that there is not a Unitary Executive is cockamamie, not the other way around.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I think they failed largely because our recent Congress has been more concerned with making sure it can win re-election than with doing its job. So they've been perfectly happy to cede power to the President, because that way they think they can say they've taken action without actually being held responsible for any. They'd much rather say "Bad president!" than have the electorate say "Bad congress!" and so far America has been letting them get away with it.

Checks and balances rely on each branch of government actually doing its job. When one branch sits idly by so as not to get blamed while another usurps power, checks and balances don't check or balance.

The solution is to vote out the current congress and vote in people who will actually do the job.
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