Bush Postpones 2008 Election
This was just TOO GOOD not to republish. This article was in my latest edition of The Nation. It's an incredible, amazing piece, although it's quite scary because it might not be that far off, and my heart just started beating out of my chest as I read. I mean, what if?
(It also made me think of my friend Rich who recently uttered the idea that maybe the next Presidential election wouldn't happen ... Maybe he's psychic ...)
Please tell me what you think about this one . . . And enjoy with caution . . .
CITES CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO PROTECT NATION'S SECURITY
What Did "Four Years" Mean in 1789
by Stephen Gillers
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2008. President Bush, citing his authority as Commander in Chief of the armed forces and his inherent constitutional power over foreign affairs, today ordered a postponement of the 2008 presidential election in order "to protect the American people in our war on terror."
In a speech during a surprise visit to Baghdad, where he celebrated the summer solstice with the troops, Mr. Bush told the nation that the election will be "rescheduled as soon as a change in leadership does not create a security threat and not a second later. When the Iraqis stand up, we'll vote."
"Elections are important," the President acknowledged. "I know that. I believe in elections. I'm President because of an election, sort of. But protecting the nation from another 9/11 is more important than holding an election precisely on time."
The President noted that as Commander in Chief he had already approved telephone wiretapping without court warrant, incarcerated alleged "enemy combatants" indefinitely without trial and, in a February 2002 order, now rescinded, had authorized the armed forces to ignore the Geneva Conventions when "consistent with military necessity," so long as everyone was treated "humanely."
"If I can do all that, I can defer an election," the President said. "Look, as between not voting on time and getting locked up without all those Geneva rules and such, which is worse?"