November 15th, 2003
To the Editor,
This article is horrifying in what it reveals about the tenor of this presidency. The White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Card, was quoted as saying that, “The president has the sole responsibility for protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America.”. This was followed by his accusation that the legislative branch of our government “…loves to attack the executive branch of the government …” and “…eat away at …the presidency.”. Equally shocking is the failure of this newspaper article to point out the incredible ignorance of such a statement.
All elected or appointed officials, from the President down to trustees of the public library system, must take oaths of office in which they swear to defend the constitution of the United States. Every member of the legislative branch, created by our constitution to prevent executive branch abuses, takes such an oath. How dare any member of the executive branch reduce this government to a dictatorship at odds with hundreds of other officials elected, (by popular vote!), to ensure our safety and continuity under the laws of the land.
The numerous checks and balances between the three divisions of our government is what actually protects the constitution and the plurality of the people it represents. The leeway given in the use of executive orders to abrogate laws passed by the will of the people (e.g. environmenal protections, civil liberties) is more of an attack on the constitution than anything Congress might do.
I don’t know what country Mr. Card is speaking about but it is not the United States of America. The reporters of the Washington Times need to offer all the facts to its readers and not just the opinions of those interviewed.
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