Thursday, January 5, 2006

“You Can’t Make Me”

archy looks at one more way that the Executive branch of the government has found to go around the inconvenience of checks and balances put in place by the Constitution by using a little-known exemption called a “signing statement” that basically says the president may ignore elements of the recently-passed ban on torture if he feels like it.

Democracy depends for its survival on an institutionalized system of checks and balances and on its participants acting in good will to accept defeat. The Bush administration, using arguments supplied in part by Alito, is asking us to exempt them from both of these principles. If we–Congress and the people–let this pass, future generation will curse us and we will deserve their curses.

Read the rest of archy’s thoughts here.