Saturday, June 23, 2007

Is Cheney Above The Law?!

So after seven years of hiding behind “executive privilege” to prevent any over sight of his actions, Dick Cheney has now decided that the office of the Vice President is not part of the executive branch of the U.S. government. (I imagine this would come as a great shock to our founding fathers as it is clearly stated in article two of the Constitution that the office of vice president falls under the executive branch.) This convenient ‘decision’ comes just in time to prevent his office from having to submit to the over sight of the National Archives office, which is attempting to follow a presidential order to oversee the handling of classified documents by all executive branch offices. Cheney is the first vice-president in history to refuse to comply with this over sight, and when called on his actions he attempted to have the National Archives office in charge of the over sight abolished.

These actions by a standing vice president of the United States should be shocking, as they are an appalling attempt to thwart the Constitution in an unprecedented exertion of illegal powers, but with Cheney it’s just another day at the office-simply the latest of his many attempts to place himself, his office, and his actions above the scrutiny of the American people and beyond the reach of the laws of this land. Now, I’m sorry if it sounds melodramatic, but the simple truth is that when you’re an elected leader of a democratic government and you refuse to comply with the laws of the country you’re supposed to be governing there is only one name for you and that is “dictator”.

There is no question at this point that Dick Cheney has proven repeatedly, with his words and actions that he does not believe in America’s current form of government and feels he is somehow all powerful and beyond the scope of this democracy’s rule of law. It’s also obvious that Mr. Cheney has no respect for the American people as he “rules” over our democracy doing whatever he pleases with apparently no fear of facing any consequences. So far he’s been right not to worry, because the checks and balances placed in our government to prevent this type of behavior haven’t worked because the men and women of our legislative and judicial branch have not done their jobs. The only question left to answer is will the American people do theirs? Will the citizenry of this nation allow a man, to break its laws left and right, scoff at its Constitution and continue to grab more and more power for himself, or will it stand up and finally say “Enough!”?

5 Comments:

Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Accoring to Raw Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the US government, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) plans to introduce an amendment to the the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill to cut funding for Cheney's office.

That should get him!

6/23/2007 5:48 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Let's Talk, Lol-that's a great move! Thanks for letting me know about it.

6/23/2007 6:20 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Nothing The Dick does surprises me anymore, unfortunately. To me, he'll always be the Cryptkeeper Veep who rode on Dubya's family values parade - the one that tells us all what we should and shouldn't hear on our radios and televisions, while telling Congress to F off. Guess he was the only one allowed to say "bad words."

6/23/2007 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

I don't even know what to say about him anymore, nothing he does surprises me anymore, I hope some one some how is able to hold him accountable....but I am not holding my breath! 576 days and counting until the are out of office

6/23/2007 9:35 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Pam and Jenn, I agree that not much Cheney could do at this point would be surprising. He's made it fairly obvious that he will do anything to obtain and maintain more power. Thanks for the comments.

6/24/2007 10:05 PM  

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