"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bush: "loyal Bushies" Will Not Testify Under Oath

President Bush held a press conference today to announce that he is unwilling to allow his "loyal Bushies" Karl Rove and Harriet Miers testify under oath or in public due to executive privilege. What he failed to mention is why the politics of firing US Attorneys would fall under this category.

Really though this decision on the President indicates many things. One, it seems he still fails to recognize that Republicans no longer control Congress. That means number of "yes-men" under his control has taken a dramatic nosedive. The legislative branch simply no longer beats to his drum. This failure to recognize this now brings up an issue for the Congress: will they take his shit or fight back. This is an opportunity for the Democrats to show they are not quite the wimps everyone believes them to be.

The second thing this indicates is there are secrets to hide. There is no reason to testify before Congress and not swear under oath unless planning to tell lies and hide information and want to avoid the consequences. There is also no reason to hide this kind of decision making from the public...unless you don't feel the public deserves the truth.

A final reality of the situation is apparently the Bush Administration values loyalty over competence, even worse it values loyalty to Bush over loyalty to America. Its not supposed to be that way. While people "serve at the pleasure of the President", the President is supposed to make sure that service is for the benefit of the American people, not himself. These and many decisions over the last few years just highlights the fact that apparently Bush is all that is important, the American people can simply go to hell.

For all intents and purposes, Bush is not only putting up a middle finger to the Congress but the American electorate as well. Hopefully Congress will take up the challenge thrown down by Bush and fight back. Hopefully the Democrats will learn the lesson of the last 6 years, that non-interference, that simply doing and saying nothing is not the answer.

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