Now the President is outrageously demanding that the Senate give him an "up or down vote" immediately, as if he had the authority to demand anything of the Senate. He has no such authority anywhere in the Constitution. Republican Leadership: Aren't you embarrassed to be continuously bowing down to Mr. Bush, as if he were your Master and you were his slaves? Did you take an oath to support the Constitution, or to support George W. Bush? (They are two different things, you know, frequently in conflict.) Here is the exact text of the oath of office you took when you entered the Senate. When you read it again, does it anywhere say "support the President?" No it does not. It says "support the Constitution." Then why are you so willing to accept orders from the President? Are you in love?
U. S. Senate Oath Of Office www.senate.gov
In essence, the Unitary Executive Theory says that the President should have complete control over the Executive Branch, and that the Executive Branch should be in charge of almost everything that the Government actually does, including all the functions of the Independent Agencies, which have always been separate from the Executive Branch. In addition, this Theory insists that the President has "plenary authority" to exercise his powers, and he must not be interfered with by Congress or the Supreme Court. So Congress and the Supreme Court lose their ability to control the President and become mere advisors to him, whom he can disregard if he chooses to do so.
The Constitution gives the power to Congress, not the president, to create (or abolish) the military, to fund it (or not fund it) and to regulate it. The President is Commander In Chief, because some one elected person needs to be over the Generals, and the President is the one best suited for that role.
But that doesn't mean he is the "boss" of the Military - like Napoleon - under our Constitution. He's just the chief administrator of the Military, just as he is the chief administrator of all the other parts of the Executive Branch, obligated to follow whatever Laws and Regulations are duly enacted by Congress. In particular, Congress could abolish the Military, if it chose to do so. And Congress can impeach and remove the President from office. So who is the real boss of the Military? Congress, of course! Why would our Founders, who had just fought a war to get away from one tyrannical King, write a Constitution which would create another King right here, with his own personal army? Does that make sense to you?
Source: U.S. Constitution - http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/usconstitutiona.txt
So it is clear that the President is not total boss of the Military, just its Commander, obligated to "faithfully execute" whatever regulations Congress may choose to enact.
And 95% of this "Commander in Chief" function which Bush claims for himself, is not much more than a naked power grab, obviously not granted by the Constitution.
But in his role as "Unitary Executive," (read "Dictator") the President would be total boss if the Military, because neither Congress nor the Supreme Court would now have any authority over him. And thus the United States of America - The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave - would become just another Military Dictatorship, no better than Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy during World War II.
Also see http://www.unitaryexecutive.net for more information about this dangerous, radical Theory which would destroy our system of Checks and Balances by giving excessive power to the President, at the expense of Congress and the Supreme Court.
But if, at the end of one more week, the Public still thinks it is no problem, and the Republican Senate still thinks it is no problem - - well, this would simply prove to me that the Country is in much worse shape than I thought. And people eventually get what they deserve. So if they won't fight for their freedom, they will lose it, as planned by the Bush Machine.
For more about the Bush Machine please see http://www.bushmachine.com
Blessings to you. May God help us all. And may God bless America!
Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director