A note to Republicans and the Random Ten
I know very few, if any Republicans come to this site regularly, so this may be more of a case of speaking into the air than usual, but I have to give it a shot, because we're dealing with important shit here.
I can understand why you may have wanted to grant the President extra powers in 2002. It was a scary time in the US, and I don't want to diminish that. I'm not even going to get into how the threats were hyped and exaggerated by both the administration and their media enablers. Lots of good and decent people lost their minds during that period. And I can understand how, following the 2002 and 2004 elections, you might have bought into the selling point of the permanent Republican majority, and so didn't think about the consequences of stuff like the unitary executive.
But now you're staring them in the face, post-November 2006. You're looking at the very real possibility, bordering on likelihood, of a Democratic Congress and President come January 2009. After all, the frontrunner for your nomination is currently None of the Above, while the wingnuts' worst nightmare, Hillary Clinton, is well ahead of the pack on the Democratic side, and Barack Obama, who is easily to her left, leads the money race.
And yet, there's no discussion, no fear, it seems, that these extraordinary powers that the rubberstamp Congresses of 2002 and 2004 delegated to King George the Lesser (or rather, refused to challenge when he claimed them) will be used by the next Democratic president. Would you really sit still if a President Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama told Congress that "the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege"? Seriously?
So why are you sitting still now? Call your Congressperson and Senators. Tell them that Congress must reassert its authority as a body, not as a partisan group, that this is too dangerous a precedent to allow to stand, and that this must stop, even if it means a member of your own party will be removed from the highest office in the land. Have a little foresight. Picture the worst case you possibly can--imagine me as President with these powers if it will help you make the call, if it will help you put country over party and help preserve our system of government.
Here's the Random Ten--put your iTunes on party Shuffle and post the next ten songs to pop up. No cheating to make yourself look hep to the jive. We know you're not a total square.
1. Got My Own Thing Now--Squirrel Nut Zippers
2. Jane Says--Jane's Addiction
3. Stairway to the Stars--Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
4. Landslide--Dixie Chicks
5. All I Want--Toad the Wet Sprocket
6. Store Bought Bones--The Raconteurs
7. In Your Own Sweet Way--Dave Brubeck
8. No Stopping Us--Jason Mraz
9. Oh My God--A Tribe Called Quest
10. I Had a Dream--John Sebastian
What's on your list?