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  •  The abuse of constitutional power and duty (10+ / 0-)

    goes back to the founding era, e.g. the Alien and Sedition Acts under Adams, but it didn't start to get pervasive until after WWI with the Palmer Raids and JE Hoover, and even more so after WWII. Even allowing that some of the people doing the abusing truly believe that what they're doing is necessary, virtuous and effective (which of course it's not), most of this, I believe, is the result of a combination of craven careerism (i.e. your career tends to get most promoted if you create the illusion of accomplishment, and it's always easier to do that with such shortcuts than with real accomplishment), megalomania (i.e. power for its own sake), and political paranoia (i.e. blocking if not destroying anyone who stands in your way even if your way is illegitimate).

    Put another way, the constitution has always been abused.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:49:21 AM PDT

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