Or, "what is truly at stake on November 4th, 2008."
Did you ever read, or see the movie, A Clear and Present Danger? If not, take a couple of hours and watch it. It quite an energetic, fanciful journey into the heart of darkness of the hallowed halls of the CIA, NSA, FBI and the White House. But I never imagined that it could really happen. Of course, the last 8 years has made a fool of me. As it has you, and all of
These 8 years have set an almost unthinkable precedent for what an Executive can do, contrary to the express will of the people as articulated in law by the Constitution. And
There are many, many examples of what has “gone wrong” since 9/11 (and almost none of it is what the terrorists have done to us). This one article encapsulates a whole lot of it. What’s incredible is that I no longer find it incredible.
Soon after hearing what had happened between Goldsmith and Gonzales, the vice president asked Andy Card to set up a meeting at noon with Mike Hayden, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, and John McLaughlin from the CIA (substituting for his boss, George J. Tenet). Cheney spoke to them in Card's office, the door closed.
Four hours later, at 4 p.m., the same cast reconvened. This time the Justice contingent was invited. Comey, Goldsmith and Philbin found the titans of the intelligence establishment lined up, a bunch of grave-faced analysts behind them for added mass. The spy chiefs brought no lawyers. The law was not the point. This meeting, described by officials with access to two sets of contemporaneous notes, was about telling Justice to set its qualms aside.
Anyway, point is, the precedents are set. But not set in stone. Yet.
Would President Obama be a better President than McCain on our economic woes (related to our war woes) and in restoring fruitful relations with the major world players? Almost certainly. Would he be better on education, health care and developing new forms of energy to propel us through the 21st century? Absolutely. But all of these things are meaningless without our basic constitutional rights being restored. Only Obama has a chance of accomplishing this task.
McCain/Palin would represent a solidification of what Bush/Cheney (or Cheney/Bush) has unleashed. It seems like a big part of the restoration would have to include the prosecution of anyone who defied the Constitution during Bush’s presidency. That absolutely will not happen if McCain is elected. Worse, the policies that Bush put in place will be followed and probably expanded.
By the end of McCain/Palin (and who knows when that would be?)