Friday, August 22, 2008

Watch the Democratic Party turn into the Republican one

In previous posts at this site I have pointed out the rather Nixonian aspects to some of Senator Obama's decisions and actions. In recent press interviews, I have highlighted the ways in which the Republican Party has aimed for decades to create an "imperial presidency". Richard Nixon's efforts to subvert the Constitution and his success in taking over the Republican National Party and putting it to his own purposes were key moments in this effort.

The current DNC, along with Senator Obama, seem just as interested in top down, lock step control as any Republican president has been, including of course our current president. Now even the Los Angeles Times is noting similarites between Senator Obama and President George W. Bush. The LA Times story compares the qualities Senator Obama would need in a vice-president to the ones President Bush found in Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Dick Cheney is widely regarded as one of the key architects of the "imperial presidency" - an approach to the power of the Executive Branch that has brought us the war in Iraq, the current turmoil in the financial sector especially with regard to the housing and energy markets, the claim that torture is not torture, ever increasing encroachments individuals' abilities to vindicate their constitutional rights.

Dick Cheney and Karl Rove worked closely together on the election tactics that brought George W. Bush to the White House in the first place.

I do not know for certain whether Senator Obama will win the roll call vote in Denver this group - despite what the mainstream media would have people think this is not a foregone conclusion - but I do know that thus far Senator Obama's approach, aided and abetted by Dr. Howard Dean and the rest of the DNC leadership, smacks of the sort of rigid, top down control so beloved by folks like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. If Senator Obama becomes the Democratic Party nominee, I hope he will make it clear that his approach to the Presidency would be radically different than his approach thus far to campaigning for that office.

George Washington rejected the title "King" for the executive branch leader of this country; he also stepped down after his second term to demonstrate that the U.S. presidency is not a job with life tenure. Let us hope that whoever our next president is, she or he takes seriously the difference between a federated republic and a centrally controlled state.


Blogger prabhata said...

Hi Heidi, I've been trying to find your other post on how the Nixon machine took over the Republican Party, but I can't find it. Can you do an update and put the link? I would appreciate it because I want to share that post with a friend. Thanks.

August 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM  

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