Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Primary Question

I have hinted around this matter in the past, posing questions about how to prevent the next President (Gottes' Willen!) from simply taking up the powers the Busheviks have stolen. There is, it now seems to me obvious, only one question that should be asked of any candidate for the office of the Presidency. It should be asked first, last and in-between, until every candidate has answered directly, unequivocally, and unambiguously.
It's a really simple question, not complicated, not nuanced:
"Madam/Sir, what will be your first act as President to restore the Constitutional balance of powers and the Rule of Law to the Executive branch? Please, be specific!"
With examples, such as:
  • What measures currently eroding the liberties of Americans would you undo?
  • What policies at present in place that subvert the Constitution would you revise or reverse?
  • Would you lead the way to repeal the PATRIOT Act?
  • How would you restore habeas corpus?
  • What would you do to restore 4th Amendment guarantees, and to ensure that they were not again trifled with by aspiring autocrats?
  • Would you close the Office of Faith Based Initiatives?
  • Would you order the Xian Embassy out of the Pentagon?
  • What do you plan to do about your predecessor's signing statements?
  • What do you plan to do about the emergency powers granted under NSPD 51 and HSPD 20?
I encourage anyone interested to add to the list, or start your own. I'm gonna send mine to every editorial desk in the state.

In my transmission, I am also inquiring whether it is their editorial policy to print propaganda of or from photo-ops when candidates refuse to answer reporters' questions.

And if it is, why?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good questions. All the next president will have to do is carry out his/her duties to stand head and shoulders and on down to the dirt below his/her toes, above this one. Not that it's going to be easy to return the executive branch from industrial level lawbreaking.

from Ruth

Sparkle Plenty said...

See, I'm so pissed, I'd be willing to accept, "First I'll use every power they took against them, to put them where they belong. Then I'll set about putting things to rights."

I want a whole prison dedicated to these guys.
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