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The 43rd president has much to teach Americans about how weak their democracy is?rights, institutions, processes and the sovereignty of the people.
Mr. Bush taught us how cowardly the Congress could be in not defending its constitutional authorities and the crucial checks and balances to hold the White House accountable. He taught us the degree of abdication by the major opposition Democratic Party which allowed him and his ilk to do what they did and to leave office on January 20, 2009 without being subjected to impeachment and trial, without even being subjected to a Congressional censure resolution.
He taught us that the courts, with few exceptions, cannot be counted on to defend the constitution from the marauding President?avoiding doing so by excuses that these seizures of power are “political questions.” Sure, Bush going to war without a declaration of war is too political?
Democracies when they are eroded must show resiliency to recover and strengthen what was lost by way of freedom and justice. Who, you might ask, must be the tribunes of such resiliency? You will not find them now in officialdom.
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