President George W. Bush never seems to get it right. Yes, he is charged with protecting the security of the citizenry of the nation, but not by trashing the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution requires that the president see to it that all laws enacted by Congress by obeyed. The Constitution separates the government into executive, judicial, and legislative branches, with appropriate checks and balances.
Bush wants to merge the branches by installing Federal judges who expand executive power. Bush tries to expand executive power on his own. And when Congress passes legislation that tends to curb executive power in order to protect the liberties and rights of the citizenry, Bush ignores the legislation or attempts to circumvent the legislative branch by inappropriate means. He does so in the alleged name of security.
American security, the protection of the citizenry, is not to come at the expense of liberty. The President who circumvents Constitutional authority is harming the republic. A President cannot protect the citizenry while damaging the appropriate Constitutional role of his office.
Who is to protect the citizenry from the President? Citizens have Constitutional rights against unreasonable (or illegal) searches and seizures, which the President is vacating. Thus, the President is making himself the threat to the citizenry.
No foreign entity has the power to thus castrate the Constitution. No nation is powerful enough to invade our borders, suspend our liberties, and weaken our rights. But President Bush is steadily engaged in these activities.
Some Americans see this and are fighting these alarming actions by our executive branch under Bush. But where is the media? Where is the Democratic Party? Where are the checks and balances?
A crisis-driven presidency is a cause for further crises, just as a war on terrorism is self-perpetuating. Bush is a bull in a china closet, damaging everything he touches. Perhaps Americans should ask themselves the question that Reagan proposed a few years ago: Are you REALLY better off now than before Bush took office? Do you REALLY feel safer now? Are you willing to discard your security and your liberties to this president?