And he would do what with this scary power?
I disagree. The thing is, he doesn't HAVE to declare martial law. This new directive essentially, combined with Bush's power to detain American citizens indefinitely without trial, gives him all the powers he'd have if he declares martial law. Congress could try to pass legislation that specifically denied him the power, but he'd veto it.
Where are the Democrats going to find 10 Republican votes to override a veto?
What Bush is doing, with the enthusiastic help of the rest of the Republican party, is trying to re-make the USA so it's a nation of 'men, not laws', as opposed to a nation of laws, not men.' Ruled by a single person, not the representatives of the people.
Fuck with Muslims, Fuck with Blacks, Fuck with Hispanics, Fuck with Hippies; that's already been done and can be done again
Its harder to do now
, depending on who the Black, Hispanic, Hippie, etc. is and what they stand for in relationship with the majority of the "enfranchised***
citizens" in this country.
Volcana despite any differences we've had in the past, I know you know as well as I, that there are hundreds of Americans more powerful than the President of the United States
To get it away from Bush because what I'm saying needs to be stated in a very theoretical manner...
...the people who attempt to control this country against the will of this country, I'm talking Hitler style, a dictatorship, no elections anymore...
...would not live, they'd be killed plain and simple.
Potential power is waaaay different than carrying out the takeover of the nation.
My best example is the one I used to use in college...
...the GOP can rally a vocal minority that will get them elected by hinting around getting rid of/limiting abortion. This only works because of the low percentage of Americans who participate in the political process.
The second they actually pass/try to enforce a fed law making abortion illegal in the USA
all the apathetic chicks who don't participate in the system will suddenly find a reason to care and guess who will be out of office for easily the next 12+ years...
...anyone connected with actually making abortion illegal...
...the GOP knows that actually passing the law is political suicide; but talking about it wins them primary seats - it is "the game"...
...Dubya's fun and games only last as long as they don't have an intolerable effect on a certain enfranchised % of the American Public***
There are enough enfranchised people on both sides of most of the REAL matters of political debate that Dubya's power will remain potential no matter what's on paper...
...once again, that said, the shit shouldn't be on paper in the first place.
I'm definitely not saying that your point isn't valid
, we as citizens really need to focus much more uncovering all of Dubya's dirty tricks that are slowly coming to light.
I'm just saying that the mechanisms of correction are in place and are currently moving the Nation away from Dubya and back toward the center...shit pick a name connected to Bush, damn near everybody but Condi is currently under fire
***this enfranchised % is the reason Charles Rangel is always talking about reinstating the draft, if these people's kids could be sent to Iraq...
...we wouldn't be in Iraq.