Sunday, December 11, 2005

Bush as Nietszche

"It's just a goddamned piece of paper" quoth our President, referring to the Constitution of the United States of America. Of course it is. He's absolutely right. And among the reasons that people keep "throwing it back in his face" is that he has now twice sworn to uphold and protect it.

I do not trust the President. I do not trust his advisors, or officials or party allies. But as long as the Constitution is an effective set of rules, as long as the principles of constitutional republican democracy are shared and upheld, there's a chance for this country to remain ... a country. If they repudiate it, then that's it. Game over, go home.

So, now's the time for loyal Republicans to step up. Now's when we find out, once and for all, if this administration is an anomaly or the shape of things to come. Will we let the president be above law, above morality, beyond good and evil? Is it pure power?

Update: This story might be false. I'd like to see evidence one way or the other, rather than mere "shoot the messenger" dismissals and bias confirmation affirmations.

1 comment:

Ahistoricality said...

I admit that I have some qualms about sources (though the fact, as reported in Avedon Carol's comments, that Thompson is a long-time Republican operative helps considerably; his own self-justifying rant suggests that he's a competent enough journalist to avoid gross errors), but, as you say, he's said similar things before. And, I admit, I think there's already grounds for impeachment, but repudiating the oath of office just adds fuel to the fire.