Putting the questionBush breaks the law, admits that he broke the law, claims he has the authority to break the law, and does all this with impunity.
I don't see how there can be a bigger issue than Bush's impunity from lawbreaking. If Bush can cherrypick which laws to obey, and when and how to obey them, then he might as well be writing the laws and interpreting them too, besides executing them. That means the end of the separation of powers, the concentration of all power in the executive, and the end of the independent legislative and judicial branches. That means the end of our Constitution.
This is tyranny, exactly in the form the Founders understood and were determined to prevent. Federalist 47:
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
So the question I'd like to see posed to every elected representative, Democratic or Republican, is this:
What is your plan to restore Constitutional government in the United States?
NOTE Has it escaped anyone's notice that raising this question would be a very good way to nationalize the 2006 midterms?
UPDATE Alert, and Constant, Reader points out that Gary Trudeau gets it. Funny, though not exactly funnny ha-ha, eh?