The Anniston Star Recalls Basic Civics Lessons
I rest my case! Senator Shelby and Sessions, are you listening? Glenn Greenwald also weighs in today with a reminder that the Bu$h White House will not even reveal what Congresspersons have been briefed on the illegal warrantless wiretapping program operated by The NSA. The President does this because the other kewl kids in the GOP know their house of cards would come tumbling down where they'd be run out of town on a rail if the truth were told. Worst administration ever! Peace ... or War
... American schoolchildren are all taught civics. They study about the three branches of government and about checks and balances. Congress writes a law. The chief executive can either sign it or veto it. The courts ensure the law lines up with the Constitution and legal precedent.
As those students — well, at least the ones who paid attention — can tell you, nowhere does it say that the president retains the right to selectively obey laws he signs. To do so is a massive overreach — one that ought to inspire citizens to rise up and demand accountability. And our members of Congress ought to use the check granted to them by the Constitution to put a stop to the president’s usurping of power.
In the parlance of grade school, the president can’t sign a law and later claim it doesn’t count because he had his fingers crossed.