Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Kingdom Coming—Bush Plans to Remain in Power

I first learned of Bush’s recent “Homeland Security Directive” from Mark Morford at the San Francisco Chronicle. Morford’s headline of “Bush Declares Self 'Mega Decider'” caught my eye. It appears that on May 9, Bush signed an Executive Order that would place all governmental power into his hands should America (and/or American Interests) experience some sort of catastrophic event, natural or otherwise. Though Morford’s article is all “tongue in cheek,” I thought there was some merit to worry about what I have speculated since the 2006 elections that Bush WOULD NOT give up his power as President even when his term expires.

The analysis has now begun on this Executive Order. Marjorie Cohn at Alternet.org states that:
“Bush has issued a directive that would place all governmental powers in his hands in the case of a catastrophic emergency. If a terrorist attack happens before the 2008 election, could Bush and Cheney use this to avoid relinquishing power to a successor administration?”

Cohn further writes:
“One wonders what Bush & Co. are setting up with the new Presidential Directive. What if, heaven forbid, some sort of catastrophic event were to occur just before the 2008 election? Bush could use this directive to suspend the election. This administration has gone to great lengths to remain in Iraq. It has built huge permanent military bases and pushed to privatize Iraq's oil. Bush and Cheney may be unwilling to relinquish power to a successor administration.”

One wonders indeed....

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