Friday, January 02, 2009
Will Dems Use Their Power to Reverse Bush-Era Abuses?
Must read as Dems prepare to take control of the executive branch and both houses of Congress: Glenn Greenwald astutely dissects the disastrous attacks on American civil liberties and constitutional protections over the last decade -- many of them conducted with Democratic approval or acquiescence -- and challenges Dems to have the backbone to reverse course. Excerpt:
For the last seven years, Democrats have repeatedly cited GOP political dominance to excuse their wholesale failures to limit, let alone reverse, the devastating war waged by the Bush administration on America's core liberties and form of government. With a new Democratic president and large majorities in both Congressional houses, those excuses will no longer be so expedient. As dark and depressing as these last seven years have been for civil libertarians, culminating in an almost entirely grim 2008, there is no question that the Obama administration and the Democrats generally now possess the power to reverse these abuses and restore our national political values. But as the events of the last 12 months conclusively demonstrate, there are substantial questions as to whether they have the will to do so.
One can only hope, but regardless if the will to reverse is there or not, we can and must hold the newly elected feet to the fire. NO more excuses period. Interestingly enough the incessant whining and obstructionism from the other side of the Isle has already started, that could help generate enough irritation for the Senate to find some much needed spine.
Posted by: VP | Jan 3, 2009 7:28:30 AM