Saturday, June 02, 2007

The President is just one step from being a dictator

So, in case you haven't heard (and even if you do watch the news on TV which I don't do you probably won't have), there is a new law in effect that gives the Unites States President, who is currently George W, essentially dictatorial powers. You can read about it here if you want. It's a presidential "directive" (something that didn't even exist until recently) , which is basically a law that the US president can create without the approval of congress or the Supreme Court (whatever happened to checks and balances?). The directive states that if there is a catastrophic emergency, which could be one of many things, the president of the United States, along with a separately selected group that he chooses (and is not elected) the power to take over and run the country.

Does this make sense? I don't think so. What can a person do to work on having it revoked? Can only the president revoke it? Can we impeach him if this is in effect?

4 comments:

stacy said...

Congress can appeal and overturn a Presidential Directive (other presidents have used them, but gave them different names) but our current congress is far too afraid to do anything about it. No telling what sorts of secrets NSA has gathered on each of them!! DailyKos.com had a very long discussion (like 300 comments, I think) on this topic a few weeks ago, I'm sure you can still find it there.

stacy said...
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stacy said...

ack! here's that link
link
hope it works this time!!

stacy said...

and here's another link