July 09, 2008

This. This is pretty dumb and worthless

You know, rarely does something run in the Times that I think is really stupid. Almost always, it was written by Bill Krystol who is still, inexplicably, drawing a paycheck despite the fact that he's wrong. On everything.

This one, though, took my breath away with it's sheer inanity. Go on read it. Here's an excerpt...

This country is set apart from the rest of the world because of its unparalleled commitment to personal freedom and the dignity of the individual. It is a vision captured in the guarantee of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, due process of law, equal protection under the law and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure and cruel and unusual punishment.

We do not always live up to these aspirations. Over time, we have embarrassed ourselves and tarnished our image as a country that is respectful of civil liberties. We have persecuted dissenters, interned the innocent, suspended habeas corpus, invaded reasonable expectations of privacy. We have even engaged in torture.

What, then, can we do to see to it that we more reliably honor our core values? Here’s a start.

Presidents have a wide range of official advisers. There is a secretary of defense, a secretary of labor, a national security adviser, to name just a few. The next president should create a new executive branch position: a civil liberties adviser. Within the highest councils of every administration there should be a respected public official whose charge it is to defend our civil liberties against all comers.

Doesn't this kind of remind you of the Department of Peace? The author, apparently, doesn't realize that the only way to hold the President to account is to rid the government of those who have aided and abetted him. For that, Congress must act... after the fact, if necessary. What's really driving people crazy right now (aside from the economy) is that Waxman and Conyers are kind of out in the wilderness on their own while Bush continues on as before. Worse, Democrats are cooperating with Republicans, against the public interest, in the name of 'bi-partisanship'.

It's called accountability. We've already got the watchdogs we need. The problem is, they won't act. That's what needs to be fixed.

Posted by mcblogger at July 9, 2008 11:38 AM

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