Thank you very much for replying to my podcast on GWB possibly invoking Executive Priveledge to stay on beyond his Constitutionally approved term in
office. I always appreciate hearing other points of view.
A few points that you made that I would like to address.
1. Is Bush smart enough to come up with a plan to bring about the conditions for his declaration of executive priveledge.?
Probably not, although he definitely is power hungry enough, imo, to want to and maybe in some way need to stay on to satisfy his own thirst for
power. Whether he has the brains, etc, to come up with the plan himself is not really an issue; he has had others, (Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Antonio
Gonzales, et al) for years to do that for him. So, in answer to your question: Bush is
clever enough and greedy enough to decide he's
not leaving and he has many, many others to come up with the plan/s.
2. The Constitution apparently gives GWB the power to do this.
Actually, no it does not, in the most basic of ways allow for a President to outstay his second term in office. The 22nd amendment to the
Constitution, which was introduced as legislation in 1946 and ratified in 1951, states that no president may serve more than two terms in office. In
fact that is one of the major things that outrage so many americans is the fact that Bush has abused his executive privledge to bypass Congress and
the Constitution to get what he wants, showing just how little regard he has for the document that defines how American government should operate.
Here is a recent story, originally published in the Washington Post that very nicely captures the amazing scope of Bush's meglomania.
President insists his authority trumps all
3. Would the miltary go along with Bush's orders.
I believe they will for the most part. The President of the United States is the Commander-in-Chief of all of the armed forces. To disobey his orders
would be untinkable for most senior joint chiefs and pentagon officials, plus if Bush is not removed from office and they choose to disregard or
disobey his orders, they face court martial and if Bush adds the codacil
that they had comitted "dereliction of duty during wartime",( remember, the Bush administration and miltary have stressed numerous times that we are
"at war" with al-qaeda and also, of course there is the war in Iraq), they could be executed or thrown in prison for life.
If I missed answering any of your questions or thoughts let me know. I am not alone in my suspicions and fears that Bush will try this as more and
more Americans become very tired of his arrogance and his disregard for the will of the people.
One final point that I should have clarified in my original podcast:
I mentioned that I foresaw a national calamity or emergency as the pretext for Bush's invoking of executive priveledge and declaration of martial
law. Some may have been scratching their heads wondering how the administration can count on something like that occurring at just the right time. If
I didn't make it very clear in my 'cast, then I apologise, but of course, I expect that calamity or emergency to be "engineered" much in the same
way that other national emergencies and foreign assasinations have been engineered.