Saturday, September 23, 2006

Unitary Executive

From Mark Evanier, comics writer and constitutional scholar:
Presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked if it isn't true that it's the Supreme Court that's supposed to decide if something is constitutional. His reply was as follows...
No, as a matter of fact, the president has an obligation to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. That is an obligation that presidents have enacted through signing statements going back to Jefferson. So, while the Supreme Court can be an arbiter of the Constitution, the fact is the President is the one, the only person who, by the Constitution, is given the responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend that document, so it is perfectly consistent with presidential authority under the Constitution itself.
Ergo, when the Supreme Court — in its role as "an arbiter" of the constitution — ruled unanimously against Richard Nixon on the Watergate matter, Nixon should have said, "Well, thank you for your opinion but you're wrong" and ignored them.

And when they ruled against Bill Clinton on the Paula Jones matter, he should have issued a signing statement or otherwise overruled them.

If and when they rule against George W. Bush, it will mean he's right and they're wrong.

Yeah, I think that's how our nation is supposed to work.

1 comment:

Nursey said...

don't all soldiers take an oath to: preserve, protect, and defend that document, (the constitution)?
If I get to tell the supreme court to stick it i'll take the oath too.

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