“Executive Privilege” Puts Presidents & Cohorts Above the LawSubmitted by McWilly on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:50
We all know that our nation is based upon the principle that “All Men Are Created Equal,” however there exists a loophole that is often used by reigning presidents to skirt the laws that govern the rest of us: “Executive Privilege.” President Obama recently invoked this privilege to protect one of his underlings, Attorney General Eric Holder, from being held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents pertaining to the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scheme that has so catastrophically backfired. Holder had written a letter begging Obama to bail him out, which the President gladly obliged, as Obama is never one to back away from denying information to the public or Congress and continues to make his “open and transparent” government into a running joke.
Runaway government power is always a concern, no matter which of the three branches of government happens to be expanding its reach at any given time. However, over the past 20 years the Executive Branch has taken unprecedented leaps in what it considers its authority to oversee or enact. Obviously the use of military force in undeclared and unconstitutional wars is one of the most major and apparent abuses of power, however this “Executive Privilege” is also very dangerous.