Having made the mistake of confirming Michael Mukasey as US
attorney general, the Democrats again find their efforts to hold Republican
government officials accountable for illegal and unethical behavior stonewalled
by the Department of Justice [sic] and blocked by the Brownshirt tactics for
which the Bush Regime is now infamous.
White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White
House counsel Harriet
Miers were found in contempt of Congress for refusing
to comply with subpoenas and refusing to cooperate with congressional
committee investigations of the Bush Regime�s political firings of eight
Republican US attorneys. The eight fired US attorneys declined to politicize
their offices by investigating only Democratic officials and ruining their
election chances with leaks from "investigations" designed to smear
Mukasey gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the majority
Democrats in Congress the finger and refused to refer the House of
Representatives charges against the two Bush Regime operatives to a federal
grand jury for investigation. Following the now established practice by the
Bush Regime, Mukasey told the speaker of the House that members of the
executive branch are above the law and are not accountable to the US Congress,
formerly a co-equal branch of government under the US Constitution in the days
now past when the executive branch felt obliged to abide by the Constitution.
Mukasey boldly asserted in his letter to Congress that Miers
and Bolton are immune from congressional subpoenas and, thereby, their
"noncompliance did not constitute a crime." According to Mukasey,
"The contempt of Congress statute was not intended to apply and could not
constitutionally be applied to an executive branch official who asserts the
president�s claim of executive privilege." [Mukasey
Refuses to Prosecute Bush Aides, By Dan Eggen, Washington Post, March
The way matters stand in America today, the executive branch
can falsely prosecute, frame-up, and imprison members of Congress and governors
of states at will, but itself cannot be held accountable to law.
Pelosi herself was instrumental in
making the executive branch unaccountable to Congress or to law when she
declared impeachment of Bush to be "off
the table." This declaration by the speaker of the House has
effectively released the Bush Regime from any accountability, just as the
Enabling Act released Hitler from any accountability to the Reichstag, the
German constitution, or statutory law.
Moreover, the case for impeaching Bush
and Cheney -- indeed the entire administration -- is by far the most
powerful and necessary case for impeachment that has ever existed. By declaring
Bush unimpeachable, Pelosi is giving away Congress� only remaining power to
prevent tyrannical rule by the executive branch. If Bush is above impeachment,
every future president will be as well.
The Democrats naively believe that just one more year and
the Bush Regime horror will be gone. But that is not the case. No matter who is
the next president, the Bush Regime has established that the executive branch
is no longer a co-equal branch of government. It is the primary branch, armed
with unaccountability and the discretion to consult with other branches of
government if it so wishes. The US Congress cannot give up the powers it has
given up during the Bush years and ever expect to get them back.
The US Congress cannot conspire in Bush�s destruction of US
civil liberty and expect a future restoration of civil liberty.
Republican federal judges who have aided and abetted the
rise of an executive branch dictatorship cannot expect the judiciary to
continue as a check on the unconstitutional and illegal behavior of the
The Bush Regime, with the complicity of Congress and the
judiciary, has destroyed the American constitutional system. For the Brownshirt
Republicans only THE AGENDA is important. Law, Constitution, separation of
powers, truth, decency, honor -- all of these things and any others in the way
of THE AGENDA are dispensable.
used 9/11 to pursue American and Israeli hegemony, Republicans used 9/11 to
pursue executive branch hegemony. Whether or not Republicans can hold on to the
executive branch through election theft or declaration of national emergency,
the power that they have accumulated in the executive branch will remain. In
the November 2006 congressional elections, voters gave Democrats control of
Congress in order to rein in the Republican administration, but by then
Congress had been reduced to an impotent branch of government and has proven to
be incapable of reining in even an unpopular president with a 19 percent
If a regime that has come to be despised and deplored by a
majority of Americans and the world can ride roughshod over law and the
Constitution, constitutional government obviously has no future in America.
Pelosi says the House of Representatives is going to file a
civil suit against the Bush administration for refusing to help it enforce its
Who does Pelosi think is going to prosecute the suit -- the
politicized Republican US attorneys? The Republican federal judges who have
helped to create the unaccountable executive?
The White House branded Pelosi�s
request for a federal grand jury to enforce the House subpoenas "truly
contemptible." Pelosi�s House Republican colleagues dismissed her request
as "a partisan political stunt." White House spokesman Tony Fratto
played the fear card and denounced Pelosi for trying to investigate loyal
Americans instead of passing legislation that makes Americans safe by allowing
the executive branch to spy without warrants. House GOP leader John Boehner�s
spokesperson accused Pelosi of making Americans unsafe by "pandering to
the left-wing fever swamps of loony liberal activists."
The only power the House has left is impeachment, and Pelosi
is too frightened to use it. Why is the speaker of the House afraid to use the
power the Constitution gives her to remove from office a president who deceived
Congress and the American people, who violated US and international law, and
who is a clear and present danger to American liberty, to the US Constitution,
and to peace and stability in the world?
Craig Roberts [email him] was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan�s first term.
He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous
academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic
and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by
French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of