A federal judge's ruling that the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping is unconstitutional set off a flurry of political responses yesterday, as Republicans tried to keep control of the national security debate amid signs that their own party's ranks may be breaking under the pressure of the Iraq war.
President Bush concluded a discussion on the economy with a challenge to Democrats, many of whom had hailed U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's ruling that the NSA's wiretapping efforts violate both the Bill of Rights and federal law.
"Those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live," Bush said after meeting with his economic team at Camp David. "This country of ours is at war, and we must give those whose responsibility it is to protect the United States the tools necessary to protect this country in a time of war."
This is wrong and disturbing on so many levels. First and foremost, the President of the United States doesn't seem to have a basic understanding of American democracy. The "nature of the world we live in" is not the test by which we analyze our laws. The fact that we are engaged in a war does NOT mean we chuck the Constitution by the way side. If he believes the laws we have are insufficient he needs to convince the country that the laws need to be amended. Dumbass!
Secondly, the president is very quick to say that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms. That is one of the stupidest things I have ever contemplated, but let's be generous and give him that position. Why, then, does this administration bend over backwards to thwart our system? It really makes no sense to me and I'm waiting for someone to explain it to me.
I honestly believe these people (the president and his Republican choir) have no respect for our system of government. All they seem to care about is manipulating the American public in time for elections. This has been painfully obvious to me since the Clinton impeachment. The only question is whether or not a majority of American voters will continue to fall for it.
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