Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Bush's use of wiretapping, unauthorized by the courts, is another example of the fundamentalist way that he and Cheney use the office of the presidency. The reason the Constitution has worked for 200 years is there is a balance of power by having three branches: the legislative, the judicial and the executive.
A special court has been set up to give quick review of just such need as wiretapping. The court has denied only four of the many requests received. However, Bush's response to the question "Do you have the right to do this?" was "Absolutely."
The latest gospel according to George W., Cheney and Rumsfeld:
1. We now admit that we went to war in Iraq for the wrong reasons but would do it again because we were absolutely right to pre-empt war.
2. We have absolute power to torture prisoners because the legislation left a loophole to do so. (McCain, you lost.)
3. The word "negotiate" is not in our vocabulary. We absolutely need to ignore the environmental impact of U.S. gases on global warming.
4. We absolutely need to cut the budget by cutting benefits to the poor and middle class and continue tax cuts to the top one percent of the richest. The increased deficit is not due to tax cuts. The economy is absolutely great -- if you have a lot of money.
Bush dictates a democracy for the world. If Bush is absolutely right, is one unpatriotic to disagree with him? Does Bush exemplify democracy by these policies?
Caroline Johnson, Payson