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  •  Rove was just a political operative (and a very (10+ / 0-)

    nasty one at that), but folks like Addington have worked for the past 7 years to undermine the constitution. We have to put an end to the Unitary Executive theory and the abuses of our constitutional and civil rights that have resulted from it.

    •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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      The real threats to our Constitution lurk behind the scenes.

    •  Considering Bu$hCo's complete implosion of the (2+ / 0-)
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      Republic Party one would think they would want to start moving away from this Unitary Executive thingy about now, since they sure aren't going to be in the White House any time soon again.

      Damn these guys are dumb.

      Adequate resources are necessary for feasible tasks. -6.00, -6.21

      by funluvn1 on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 05:08:38 AM PDT

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      •  Unless they can continue to (2+ / 0-)
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        goad Democrats into accepting their view of Government.

        Rove's parting interview at WSJ noted that the Fall Debates on Warrantless Surveillance would split the Democratic Party.

      •  But have they really hurt the Republic Party? (7+ / 0-)

        They seem to be positioning themselves for a comeback in 2012 a la 1980, while leaving the Democratic Party with large piles of shit in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal debt that will break 10 trillion by the time Bush leaves office, an economy that is bleeding living wage jobs, and a democracy that no longer functions as the founders drew it up.

        A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

        by DWG on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 05:15:00 AM PDT

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        •  Regardless we are screwed (1+ / 0-)
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          If 2008 does somehow end up a Republican administration, we can look forward to more of the same.  If Dems inherit Bush's terrible mess and cannot dig us out, we might regress in 2012.  I'd still take Dems dealing with the mess over 4 more years of the same quagmire....

        •  This is the real problem. When Nixon was allowed (3+ / 0-)
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          to resign, we got rid of Tricky Dick, but we did not get rid of the Unitary Executive and its awful corrolary--if the president does it, it must be legal. This is why we need to impeach Bush and Cheney. Otherwise, these subversive and tyrranical theories of government will re-appear in 10 years.

          •  Why is it we learned nothing? (4+ / 0-)

            Cheney and Rumsfeld took over the Ford administration to protect and enlarge the unitary executive ideas.  It is no surprise they popped up when the first tinhorn dictator wannabe rode into town.  What really shocks me is that the Democrats should know better.  Whether it is the old guard like Byrd and Kennedy or new faces, I cannot understand why they have done so little to push back against these abuses of power.  It really, really, really, really depresses me.

            A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

            by DWG on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 06:01:11 AM PDT

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    •  Article II of the Constitution (5+ / 0-)

      Is the only thing Addington cares about.  

      An excellent article states:

      Addington and Cheney...shared the same grim worldview: Watergate, Vietnam, and later, the Iran-contra scandal during President Reagan's second term had all dangerously eroded the powers of the presidency.
      ...
      "[H]e believes that the executive branch is the only part of the government capable of securing the public against external threats."..."He's much more of a Cold War conservative who has moved on to the next battlefield."

      These people are like a cancer in our government.

      I watched some of the last Republican debate and was struck by how most of the candidates adopted authoritarian policies.  The cancer may have spread farther than I realize if these people are the best that the GOP can offer.

      •  They care more about consolidating Cold War (3+ / 0-)

        policies long after the Cold War is over.

        Do they really believe the threat to this country from Moslems is that serious, or is this all just a cynical attempt to justify the military-industrial complex?

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 06:10:37 AM PDT

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