W.’s Legacy

Written by Robert Justin Lipkin on January 9th, 2009

Salon.com has an tmpphp9zulli1.jpgimportant article evaluating the Bush-Cheney failures. Here’s a sample: “After a couple of presidential terms, mismanagement in every area of policy — foreign, domestic, even extraterrestrial — starts to add up. When George W. Bush entered the White House in January 2001, he inherited peace and prosperity. The military, the Constitution and New Orleans were intact and the country had a budget surplus of $128 billion. Now he’s about to dash out the door, leaving a large, unpaid bill for his successors to pay. . .  To get a sense of what kind of balance is due, Salon spoke to experts in seven different fields. Wherever possible, we have tried to express the damage done in concrete terms — sometimes in lives lost, but most often just in money spent and dollars owed. What follows is an incomplete inventory of eight years of mis- and malfeasance, but then a fuller accounting would run, um, somewhat longer than three pages.” Click here for the entire article.

However incompetent or malevolent Bush-Cheney has been, our constitutional and political systems mf2.jpgust bear the lion’s share of blame for failing to provide mechanisms to remove such nefarious leaders from office when they present a clear and present danger to America’s fundamental traditions and values. True, the Constitution permitted Americans to end W.’s presidency in 2004 by electing Senator John Kerry–and it is astounding that American citizens voted again for a president who lied to them about a matter of war–but I’m addressing the intra-term possibilities of removing a president or otherwise disciplining a president.  Impeachment and removal from office is much too blunt an instrument to guard against constitutional dictatorship within a four year term as president. We need a more narrowly tailored, deliberative method for guarding against wayward president within a four year term. For those still unconvinced that W.’s is responsible for major attacks on American constitutionalism and democracy that will plague the United States for decades click here.


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