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Bush: Too much controlPosted Tuesday, August 28, 2007, at 7:09 AM
Alberto Gonzales is gone.
The nation's former attorney general resigned Monday after months of contention over the firings of federal prosecutors. Obviously Gonzales was acting on behalf of President Bush.
But the real issue is Bush's near-dictatorship.
Under the guise of "fighting terrorism." Bush has basically run the country like a one-man show. Okay, call it a two-man show, since Vice President Cheney might as well be a co-president on some issues.
Bush's push to keep the operations of government under wraps, and setting of new precedents in privacy, is irritating to those of us who believe in openness in government.
His attempts to bypass Congress and claims that various laws and liberties can be suspended in "wartime" are appalling.
It's too bad the serious word "wartime" has been turned into a code word for partisan politicians. Many Democrats will remind us that war hasn't been declared by Congress.
And it's too bad American troops, who deserve our total support and backing, are still in Iraq when it's obvious that country's various factions are never going to get along. Yes, I can see the need to keep the country from becoming more of an al-Qaida haven than it is. Otherwise, it's time to let Iraq run its own internal affairs. If it collapses, it collapses. And it will be their own fault.
Many of Bush's initiatives, I'm convinced, have nothing to do with "fighting terrorism."
Even some long-time Republicans whose opinions I respect have turned against Bush. And there are quite a few Republican politicians who've earned my respect.
But Republicans or Democrats, president or in any other office, who value their political party above what's best for the country should examine their attitudes. We deserve better than that.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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