I have no quarrel with Miss Wolf's thesis here, with the important exception to note that the absolutism inherent in the American Presidency certainly did NOT begin with George Bush II. There has been a more or less steady erosion of civil liberties, constitutional rights, and private property protection under the law ever since the Lincoln Presidency and his actions during the War for Southern Independence. After the "emergency" some of the Constitution and individual rights were restored, but never to the same extent as prior to the war or emergency in question.
President Bush and his odious neocons are merely the symptoms; the disease runs much deeper in our history, (and the history of many other countries), our laws, our schools and universities, and our economy.
President Bush INHERITED a largely totalitarian government.
All that was needed was a "reichstag fire" or a "pearl harbor" planned to occur on 9/11/2001 to provide an excuse for a so-called war-on-terror, whose consequences are becoming all to clear today!!
PEACE AND FREEDOM!!
David K. Meller
"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi
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