Thursday, August 23, 2007

Baleful quote of the day

"[T]he Chief Executive will on occasion feel duty bound to assert monarchical notions of prerogative that will permit him to exceed the laws." - 1987 Congressional minority report on the Iran-Contra scandal

Guess who was one of the Congressional champions of this view. Vice President Dick Cheney.

To the Americans who somehow have managed to forget, this nation happens to have been founded as a result of colonial Americans explicitly rejecting the notion of a chief executive exercising his monarchical prerogative to exceed the laws.

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