Conservatives Trump Liberals in Thirst for Federal Power
By Chuck Baldwin
August 23, 2002
The original vision of the Founding Fathers for these United States
was one of limited power for the centralized or federal
government. Instead, they envisioned a country comprised of
strong state governments and much personal freedom. The limited
nature of the federal government can be readily observed in the
brevity of described duties in the U.S. Constitution and in the
strong prohibitions against federal power contained in the Bill of
For years, people have labored and voted under the assumption
that liberals alone wanted to create a giant federal system, while
conservatives believed in less federal authority and increased
personal freedom. However, the Bush administration is fast
dispelling such a misconceived notion. It is creating a behemoth
federal system not even attempted by past Democratic
administrations. Examples of this thirst for federal power by the
Bush administration are manifold.
Earlier this month, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the
administration's desire to build internment camps for U.S. citizens
that the government would declare to be "enemy combatants."
According to the plan, U.S. citizens could be held indefinitely
without any constitutional protections or rights.
Jonathan Turley, a professor of constitutional law at George
Washington University said, "Whereas Al Qaeda is a threat to the
lives of our citizens, Ashcroft has become a clear and present
threat to our liberties."
I would dare say if former Attorney General Janet Reno had
proposed such a plan, congressional Republicans would have
immediately called emergency hearings and would have demanded
her swift resignation. As it is, there is zero concern from Congress
or the media, for that matter.
Another indication of the Bush administration's thirst for power is
the way in which it seems willing to stifle lawful dissent. In a
manner reminiscent of Bill Clinton's misuse of federal power, the
Bush White House has apparently hired a Clinton law firm,
Williams & Connolly, to investigate the personal life of Judicial
Watch founder, Larry Klayman.
NewsMax.com broke the Klayman story on August 16. The report
further stated, "In another indication that the Bush-Cheney legal
operation may be borrowing a page from its White House
predecessors, the State Department has hired Clinton impeachment
lawyer Greg Craig to defend against a Judicial Watch lawsuit
brought by United Nations whistle-blower Linda Shenwick."
Coupled with Bush's gargantuan Homeland Security Department,
the Draconian USA Patriot Act, Ashcroft's proposed "pre-crimes"
policy, and dozens of other dictatorial promulgations, these actions
make it very clear that Republicans are capable of even trumping
Democrats in their thirst for federal power.
© Chuck Baldwin
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