Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

WH Political Director's fealty to Bush

The former White House political director Sara Taylor, getting whacked over the head by Senator Leahy on her statement that she "took an oath to the President, and I take that oath very seriously." A snippet of transcript:

Taylor: "What I should have said is, 'I took an oath, I took that oath seriously.' And I believe that taking that oath means that I need to respect, and do respect my service to the president.

Leahy: "No, the oath says that you take an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. That is your paramount duty. I know the president refers to the government as being his government; it's not. It's the government of the people of America. Your oath is not to uphold the President, nor is mine to uphold the Senate. Your oath, like mine, is to uphold the Constitution."

Look at her bewilderment at 00:40 being reminded who she should have been serving - the American people and the Constitution. Leahy bursts in with a sharp "no-the oath says" *sigh* This small clip, at little over a minute shows the hacks who have been in charge of policy, and it explains why and how all the policies under Bush have been exploding.

It is not that I expect the White House political director to be anything but a hack. But Bush's appointees and staff think they are above the Constitution. It is as though they believe they are in pre-WWII Japan where reverence to the empire and the emperor trumps the good of the people. But we live in a democracy (even a republic if you will.) And when Bush exerts so much pressure on everyone to believe that his word is codified law, that transgressions will never be punished, or that prison time can be magically commuted with the wave of a finger -- well, then we ARE living in his fairytale land where the Constitution does not hold and precedents are not binding to Justice. Because happily never after is now.

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