Just a bit of rambling... thinking out loud... to start the day off...
I've often criticized presidents - both Democrat and Republican - for pushing (and at times shredding) the envelope when it comes to exercising only their constitutional powers and none beyond these.
It's the nature of the beast - human nature - to be given an inch and seek to take a yard. Some individuals have more self-control than others, but the temptation is always there.
Extreme example? Presidents ordering the assassinations of American citizens. (No trial... no judge in a black robe... no jury... no martial law declared... no legal state of war declared...)
Obviously I'm talking about President Obama here... but let's not forget President Bush. He took it upon himself to claim "authority" to declare American citizens "enemy combatants" and thus declare their constitutional civil rights to be limited to... well... whatever he said they were. (Throw 'em in cells forever? Why not! After all, he was acting as "Commander-In-Chief.")
I could go on and on, citing the misuse and abuse of "executive orders" and of course various "presidential" wars and military actions unapproved (and in a couple cases disapproved!) by Congress. Indeed, whether I were to interview the foremost liberal scholars of and experts in the Constitution and specifically presidential powers or the most conservative, one thing I can guarantee you all of is that both sides would point to specific authorities claimed by various presidents which simply don't pass constitutional muster!
The same applies to Congress...
The same applies to the Judicial Branch...
So here's my point... raised in the form of a rhetorical question: Do any of you suppose that there is one single presidential authority claimed by Obama... Bush... Clinton... Bush... Reagan... and so on and so forth... that Mitt Romney would declare to be not within his powers should he become our nation's next president?
How about Speaker Boehner? (Or Mitch McConnell should he become Senate Majority Leader come January?) Do you suppose either man would identify the excesses of his predecessors... declare "This stops now!"... and self-limit himself to only those legitimate constitutional powers he truly believes the Founders meant for him and his colleagues to exercise?
As to Judges... well... aside from Clarence Thomas and perhaps Alito... (*SIGH*)
Do you see where I'm going with all this, folks?
My point is simple this: Republican or Democrat... Left or Right... "We the People" are led by men and women who by and large care not a fig for the Constitution nor for the Rule of Law. In this sense... it doesn't really matter who we elect... whom we put in office... which party controls which levers of governmental powers. No. In the long run all roads lead to more powerful government and more loss of liberty suffered by "We the People.
But here's perhaps the worst of it, folks...
Speaking of "We the People." (*SIGH*) "We the People" have let this happen. We've greased the rails.
Here's the dirty little secret of America 2012: "We the People" want a president who "rules" rather than presides. Some of us want "King Barack." Others (hopefully a majority) want "King Mitt." We like "Queens" as well... Queen Hillary... Queen Michelle.
As for the Constitution... (*SIGH*)
Americans pay lip service to the Constitution, but let's be honest... while the average American may have been exposed to it... may have read it... back in middle school or high school... that's about as far as it goes. We're certainly not a nation of constitutional scholars! The average American is no doubt more knowledgeable concerning the rules of baseball, basketball, and/or football than he or she is concerning the enumerated (let alone implied!) powers of government as legally delegated via our Constitution.
Anyway... just another rambling rant, folks; this one relatively "calm" and reflective of my deep depression when it comes to thinking upon America's future.
And now... on to today's newsbites!