The neoconservative Bush regime has adroitly used
9/11 to create a fear of terrorism among Americans that blinds Americans to
the Bush regime's assault on our constitutional system. Americans have meekly
acquiesced to the Bush regime's brutal assaults on civil liberties, human rights,
the separation of powers, and statutory law, because Americans have been brainwashed
to believe that the "war on terror" takes precedence and cannot be
waged under the rules established by the Founding Fathers.
By elevating its "war on terror" above the U.S. Constitution, the
neoconservative Bush regime has made itself a far greater threat to Americans
than are foreign terrorists. Two constitutional scholars, Timothy Lynch and
Gene Healy, document the Bush regime's forceful assault on the U.S. Constitution
in "Power Surge: The
Constitutional Record of George W. Bush" released May 3 by the Cato
Institute in Washington, D.C.
Lynch and Healy show that Bush has failed in his most important responsibility
"to preserve, protect, and defend" the Constitution and, thus, is
in violation of his sworn oath of office. The two scholars document the Bush
regime's "ceaseless push for power, unchecked by either the courts or Congress"
on issues ranging from war powers, habeas corpus, and federalism to free speech
and unwarranted surveillance. Bush's assault on the Constitution "should
disturb people from across the political spectrum."
Alas, it doesn't. Many Americans believe that Bush's dictatorial powers will
only be applied to terrorists. This belief is extremely foolish, because it
means that "the liberty of every American rests on nothing more than the
grace of the White House."
It has become commonplace to hear Americans dismiss the Bush regime's illegal
and unconstitutional exercise of power on the grounds that only those implicated
in terrorism have anything to fear. These Americans need to ask themselves why,
if only evildoers have anything to fear from government, the Founding Fathers
bothered to write the Constitution?
If we can trust the government the way Americans seem prepared to trust the
Bush regime, we don't need the Constitution. Indeed, why is a president inaugurated
with his oath to defend the Constitution if we don't need the Constitution to
protect us from our government? If we can trust government, why go to all the
trouble to have elections? Why not just get a dictator or a king or contract
with a company to provide government?
The question presents itself: Are Americans guilty of treason when they turn
their backs on the Constitution? Treason is betrayal of country. And what defines
country? In the United States, the Constitution defines country. The Bush regime's
assault on the Constitution is an assault on America.
Moreover, it is a far more dangerous and deadly assault than a terrorist assault
Ask yourself, gentle reader, what are we without the Constitution? Without
the Constitution, how do we differ from the hapless subjects sent to Soviet
and Nazi death camps? The Constitution protects our rights, and without our
rights we are nothing.
It has been widely reported, apparently without causing Americans any unease,
that the Bush regime has awarded Halliburton $385 million to build
concentration camps in the United States. Who are to be the inmates? Certainly
not terrorists. The Bush regime has proven inept at catching terrorists, and
those few who are captured are kept offshore out of the reach of the courts
where they can be tortured and abused. The camps are certainly not for illegal
aliens who both political parties want to give amnesty and citizenship.
Concentration camps epitomize the horrors and inhumanity of the Stalin and
Nazi era. Why is the Bush regime building concentration camps in America?
The Bush regime's war on terror is the equivalent to the Nazi regime's Reichstag
fire. It serves to blind people to the real assault.
According to Bush, America is under terrorist attack because "they hate
our freedoms." But, as Lynch and Healy show, it is the Bush regime that
is attacking our freedoms, removing their institutional protections, and making
our liberties subject to the grace of the executive.