September 21, 2008

The Danger of Continued Republican Leadership

Cheney must keep records, judge orders -

The battle for the preservation of records and documents produced by the Vice President is a little window on the reason why, despite my doubts and concerns about Obama on foreign policy, the economy and his social positions, I do not believe that Republicans deserve nor should be permitted another term in office.

In a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) against Cheney, the office of the President and the National Archives and Records Administration, CREW filed to have records of Cheney's activities preserved. Cheney's response to Congress epitomizes why Republicans should be removed from power:

Cheney chief of staff David Addington has told Congress that the vice president belongs to neither the executive nor legislative branch of government, AP reported. Instead, he said, the office is attached by the Constitution to Congress. The vice president presides over the

So let me get this straight. The Office of the Vice President is actually a fourth branch of government!! Clearly its not part of the judiciary, and according to Cheney, its not part of the legislative nor the executive either. The arrogance, mendacity and duplicity in such a statement is simply breathtaking. An argument such as the one made above is a complete twisting of any commonsense understanding of the constitution and our system of government. The average man on the street would call check on this. There's no other way to view an argument like the one above as anything other than a naked attempt by the Vice President to wield power and escape accountability, and to do so in a way that distorts the balance of power in our government and threatens our democracy. People prepared to knowingly commit such distortions should be removed from power before they are successful in twisting government so far out of wack, our democracy is lost.