Watching the Constitution Fade Away

The Bush administration has done
more damage to Americans and more harm to America`s
reputation than any other administration in history.
Yet, a majority of Republicans still support Bush. This
tells much about blind party loyalty.

By encouraging the move offshore of
American jobs and manufacturing, Bush has run up
tremendous trade deficits that have undermined the
world`s confidence in the dollar as the reserve
currency. Recently, both Chinese and Russian government
officials warned of the dollar`s shaky status. The fall
in confidence in the dollar is evidenced by the sharp
run-up in the price of gold. In January 2001 the price
of gold was about $240 per ounce. Today the price is
$660 per ounce.

The price of gasoline has risen
from around $1.30 per gallon to over $3.00 per gallon.
Obviously, Bush`s war in the Middle East did not ensure
the oil supply.

On Bush`s watch, three million US
manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Tens of thousands
of highly qualified US engineers have lost their
employment. US job growth has fallen six to seven
million jobs behind population growth. Recent college
graduates are employed as waitresses and bartenders.

Illegal immigration has continued
to explode. While Bush spends $1 trillion and many lives
trying to

control borders in the Middle East,
borders remain undefended and over run. Bush advocates
amnesty for the illegals who have invaded America while
Bush invades distant countries.

On false pretenses Bush invaded
Iraq, a country that comprised no threat to America.
American high explosives have devastated Iraq and its
infrastructure and killed at least 100,000 Iraqi
civilians, people who Bush claims to be bringing freedom
and democracy.

All stability has disappeared from
Iraq. Iraqis now live in fear of one another as well as
fear of American troops. On April 28 Iraqi vice

Adil Abdul-Mahdi said that 100,000 Iraqi families have
been uprooted
by the sectarian violence unleashed by
Bush`s overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Not content with the uncontrollable
mayhem he has brought to Iraq, Bush hopes to expand the
catastrophe by attacking Iran. The US Secretary of
State, sounding like the warmonger she is, says the US
may ignore the United Nations and attack Iran on its own
initiative. This would be the second time that the Bush
administration initiated wars of aggression–war crimes
under the Nuremburg standard established by the US.

Bush claims that he is higher
authority than both US law and international law. In the
past, US presidents vetoed laws with which they
disagreed. Bush signs the laws and ignores them.

Bush has declared himself to be the
sole judge of the limits of his powers–a claim that
violates Bush`s oath of office to uphold the US
Constitution. Bush has set aside the Bill of Rights by
detaining people indefinitely without charges, by
kidnapping and torturing people, and by spying on
Americans without warrants. These are actions that are
illegal under law as well as unconstitutional. All of
these violations of law and the Constitution are serious
impeachable offenses.

Yet. Congress is supine as the Bush
regime exercises dictatorial powers. The exercise of
these dictatorial powers by the executive is a far
greater danger to American liberty than are Muslim

Bush`s apologists claim that only
terrorists have anything to fear. However, unaccountable
executive power is inconsistent with free societies.
America is no exception. Unless Bush is impeached and
turned over to the war crimes court in the Hague,
Americans will never reclaim their liberties from an
executive branch that has established itself as the sole
judge of the limits of its powers.

As Jacob Hornberger, president of
the Future of Freedom Foundation

wrote last month,
“we now live in a nation in
which the president has the omnipotent power to ignore
all constitutional restraints on his power.”
Fein, a Justice Department official in the Reagan
administration said that Bush

“is moving us toward an unlimited executive power.”

The Bush regime`s practice of
excessive secrecy and denial of information to Congress
allows the regime to avoid judicial review of its power
claims. Bush ignores Congress and evades the courts.

When President Richard Nixon made
excessive claims for presidential powers, principled
Republicans revolted and helped to bring down Nixon.
Today`s Republicans are loyal only to power. They have
no principles. By supporting Bush, Republicans are
bringing down America.



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.