Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Oath as Incantation

I know, it’s a REALLY stupid time to start blogging again; especially anti-Bush sentiment. But hey, at least I don’t belong to PETA.

It’s getting downright frightening now. You don’t need me to tell you that. But I thought I’d share one frightening thing I heard during yesterday’s press conference.

Bush was asked whether, given the fact that there is no end in sight to the war on terror, we can reasonably expect the “permanent expansion of the unchecked power of the Executive.” He responded by “disagree[ing] with” the reporter’s “assertion of unchecked power.” (Funny, I thought Bush was the one asserting unchecked power). So, what was the first thing he countered this assertion with? His (and presumably others’) oath of office:

Reporter: Well—

Bush: Hold on a second, please. There is the check of people being sworn to uphold the law, for starters.*

It seems that Mr. Bush mistakes the nature of an oath, which is a promise to live up to certain expectations of conduct, with the nature of an incantation. His oath of office as incantation casts a spell making all of his conduct constitutional, rather than articulating a high standard by which his conduct is measured.

The question of whether Bush is psychotic or just stupid has been a popular one, but whichever it is, it spells disaster for this country, and I don’t think it will be tolerated long. In my own part of the country, the rural south, dyed-in-the-wool conservatives are furious with him, and only the most willfully ignorant of the Christian middle class continue to let themselves be blindsided enough by the faux-issue of retail’s “war on Christmas” to fail to notice the war George W. Bush is waging upon their civil liberties.

*From whitehouse.gov. He went on to say that his briefings of the congress on this program were the other check and balance upon the power of the executive. Other commentators have said plenty about this already.