Are We Experiencing The Last Days Of Constitutional Rule?

The Bush administration`s greatest success is its
ability to escape accountability for its numerous
impeachable offenses.

The administration`s offenses against US law, the US
Constitution, civil liberties, human rights, and the
Geneva Conventions, its lies to Congress and the
American people, its vote-rigging scandals, its
sweetheart no-bid contracts to favored firms, its
political firing of Republican US Attorneys, its
practice of kidnapping and torturing people in foreign
hellholes, and its persecution of whistle blowers are
altogether so vast that it is a major undertaking just
to list them all.

Bush admits that he violated the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act and spied on US citizens without
warrants, a felony under the Act. Bush has shown total
disrespect for civil liberty and the Constitution and
has suffered rebukes from the Supreme Count. The
evidence is overwhelming that the Bush administration
manufactured false "intelligence" to justify
military aggression against Iraq. The Halliburton
contract scandals are notorious, as is the use of
electronic voting machines programmed to miscount the
actual vote.

The chief-of-staff to Vice President Cheney has been
convicted for obstructing justice in the outing of a
covert CIA officer. Proof of torture is overwhelming,
and the Bush administration has even had the temerity to
have permissive legislation passed after the fact that
permits it to continue to torture "detainees."

Sibel Edmonds
and other whistle blower cases are
well known. The Senate Judiciary Committee has just
issued subpoenas to Justice (sic) Dept. officials
involved in the scandalous removal of US Attorneys who
refused to be politicized.

Yet the Democrats have taken impeachment "off the
Many Democrats and Republicans and a great
many Christians can contemplate illegal military
aggression against Iran, but not the impeachment of the
greatest criminal administration in US history. Far from
being scandalized by what the entire world views as an
unjust invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US,
leading Democratic and Republican candidates for the
2008 presidential nomination rushed to inform the Israel
Lobby, AIPAC, that they, if elected, will keep US troops
in Iraq.

The previous occupant of the White House could not
escape being impeached by the House of Representatives
for lying about a consensual Oval Office sexual affair.
President Nixon and his vice president, a saintly pair
compared to Bush-Cheney, were both driven from office
for offenses that are inconsequential by comparison.
Liberals branded

Ronald Reagan
the "Teflon President," but the

s` Iran-Contra scandal was a mere
dress rehearsal for their machinations in the Bush

What explains Bush-Cheney invulnerability to

Perhaps the answer is that Bush has desensitized us.
Like kids desensitized to violence by violent video
games and movies and pornography addicts desensitized to
sex, we have become desensitized by the avalanche of
Bush-Cheney crimes, lies, and disdain for Congress,
courts, and public opinion.

Our elected representatives, if not the American
people, now regard as normal such heinous actions as war
crimes, the rape of the Constitution, self-serving use
of government office, and the constant stream of lies
and propaganda from the highest offices of the executive

Perhaps that is what disillusioned foreigners, who
once looked with hope to America, mean when they say
that America does not exist anymore.

If the notion has departed that the highest political
offices in the land are supposed to be occupied by
people who are honest and faithful to their oath to the
Constitution, then we are far advanced on the road to

In future history books, will Bush-Cheney mark the
transition of the United States from constitutional rule
to the unaccountable rule of the unitary executive who
cancels out Congress with signing statements and
silences critics with the police state means that are
now part of the US legal code?



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.