reply to post by SkepticOverlord
Well, it seems believable, but due to how Washington D.C. works I would be cautious in believing this, due to Obama apparently wanting someone to
infiltrate online conspiracy theory websites.
I would have to wonder if this guy is going to become a whistleblower.
Will he become a witness for a Congressional Hearing?
Would the Congressional Hearing turn into a lambaste and three-ring circus?
Does anyone think BP PLC will try to buy this guy off and or have him killed?
Those are just a few questions I have immediately.
And just for giggles I have to ask you, SO, have you read this book?
of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power
Amazon Review :
The Bush years have given rise to fears of a resurgent Imperial Presidency.
Those fears are justified, but the problem cannot be solved simply by bringing a new administration to power.
In his provocative new book, The Cult of the Presidency, Gene Healy argues that the fault lies not in our leaders but in ourselves.
When our scholars lionize presidents who break free from constitutional restraints, when our columnists and talking heads repeatedly call upon the
"commander in chief " to dream great dreams and seek the power to achieve them--when voters look to the president for salvation from all problems
great and small--should we really be surprised that the presidency has burst its constitutional bonds and grown powerful enough to threaten American
The Cult of the Presidency takes a step back from the ongoing red team/blue team combat and shows that, at bottom, conservatives and liberals agree on
the boundless nature of presidential responsibility.
For both camps, it is the president's job to grow the economy, teach our children well, provide seamless protection from terrorist threats, and
rescue Americans from spiritual malaise.
Very few Americans seem to think it odd, says Healy, "when presidential candidates talk as if they're running for a job that's a combination of
guardian angel, shaman, and supreme warlord of the earth."
Healy takes aim at that unconfined conception of presidential responsibility, identifying it as the source of much of our political woe and some of
the gravest threats to our liberties.
If the public expects the president to heal everything that ails us, the president is going to demand--or seize--the power necessary to handle that
Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and trenchant cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency traces America's decades-long
drift from the Framers' vision for the presidency: a constitutionally constrained chief magistrate charged with faithful execution of the laws.
Restoring that vision will require a Congress and a Court willing to check executive power, but Healy emphasizes that there is no simple legislative
or judicial "fix" to the problems of the presidency.
Unless Americans change what we ask of the office--no longer demanding what we should not want and cannot have--we'll get what, in a sense, we
Whether this letter is legitimate or not there is the very large potential for Obama to use this disaster, to not only enact different laws from the
National Emergency Act, and "legally" declare Martial Law, to using it just to increase funding.
All because BP PLC is out-waiting the Federal Government in game of chicken for funding.
Anyone who knows when disasters a corporation can simply wait to receive funding, to get he Government to pay them, to clean up their own mess, no
[edit on 14-6-2010 by SpartanKingLeonidas]