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  •  Exactly. Bush left us a metaphorical loaded gun. (6+ / 0-)

    He and his administration took the position that there are no limits to the Commander-in-Chief power in Article II of the Constitution--especially because we were in an endless war, with no definable endgame, against an ever-changing enemy on an ever-shifting battlefield.

    Metaphorically speaking, Bush left a loaded gun in the Oval Office. Some future president--or perhaps Obama himself--will succumb to the temptation to fire it, and fatally shoot our constitutional system of checks and balances.

    "Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio."--President Gerald Ford.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 06:46:50 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, and what's really worrying (3+ / 0-)
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      is that the Stupid Media have begun calling the president "the commander-in-chief" as if that were his title. He isn't my commander-in-chief or yours: he's the commander-in-chief of the U.S. military, not the nation. That is a very important distinction. Obama doesn't have the right to give orders to you or me (unless you are currently serving in the military, a quite different situation). When our society begins to believe the president is its commander, we will have gone the way of Rome under Diocletian. That's what this is really all about. Democracy and the rule of law, or autocracy and the ruler's will. Or the commander's, I could say. Ruler = commander = dictator.

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