"PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS"? What does "Executive Clem…

“PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS”?

What does “Executive Clemency” really mean in a republic? When a convict seeks and receives a pardon from his or her Monarch, it entails resubmitting to the Monarch’s rule and law. The President or Governor of a (small-R) republican state doesn’t occupy the same position in the constitution. Really, there’s nothing “executive” about pardons, amnesty, and commutations of sentence; they’re actually transcendant, “royal” one might say — cheapened by being arrogated to politicians to give their friends and supporters and donors a “get out of jail free” card for no good or just reason. It has less to do with admitting guilt and resubmitting to the Rule of Law, than with whom you know or how much you have. I’m not saying it never results in good in a republic, just that it — rightly — has a bad reputation here.

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U.S. USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ Unknown number…

U.S. USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ

Unknown number of Iraqi non-combatants died of phosphorus burns.

How ironic.

A VETERANS’ DAY SALE? How sacrilegious. Same wit…

A VETERANS’ DAY SALE?

How sacrilegious. Same with “Memorial Day Sales”!

Then again, our civil religion IS capitalism….

They died, that we might buy.

😦

PAT ROBERTSON DAMNS DOVER, PA. Maybe Virginia Bea…

PAT ROBERTSON DAMNS DOVER, PA.

Maybe Virginia Beach oughta reconsider its hospitality to Mr. Robertson. After all, it’s right there in Hurricane Alley….

REPUBLICAN CALLS PROTESTS "AIDING AND ABETTING TER…

REPUBLICAN CALLS PROTESTS “AIDING AND ABETTING TERRORISM”

(See last two paragraphs.)

The ass actually invokes WW1-era sedition laws!

That’s OK, “he’s a Christian”!!!

MORE GOP-STOLEN ELECTIONS This time at the local …

MORE GOP-STOLEN ELECTIONS

This time at the local level, in a county of which I have some experience.

NEW GULAG IN EASTERN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD …

NEW GULAG IN EASTERN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD

Russia? No, us. I’m now officially ashamed to call myself an American.

The biggest problem here is that the CIA assumes it has the power to do whatever it wants, especially if the Executive Branch says so. Here’s where our conservative “strict constructionists” waver. The way I read the Constitution, the federal government has ONLY those powers enumerated in it. The Constitution doesn’t limit the feds only domestically, but anywhere in the universe, in other words, by definition. No where does it say they have the power to secret prisoners internationally as if there were anyplace that was “away” from U.S. law. If U.S. law doesn’t apply somewhere, the feds have NO POWER THERE, not all power. This is how the U.S. Constitution differs from other countries, whose national governments have ALL power except that devolved to other levels; our federal government has NO POWER except what is delegated to it by the Constitution.

If the federal government wants to run an international gulag, it needs a Constitutional Amendment giving it that power. Which, of course, it will never get.

Will it?