Bush: The Non-Lawyer
David Corn wrote this post yesterday about Bush's proclamation (as if we didnt' know it) that he is not a lawyer. Bush said:
I'm not a lawyer, but I can tell you what it means. It means Congress gave me the authority to use necessary force to protect the American people, but it didn't prescribe the tactics. It's an--you've got the power to protect us, but we're not going to tell you how. And one of the ways to protect the American people is to understand the intentions of the enemy. I told you it's a different kind of war with a different kind of enemy. If they're making phone calls into the United States, we need to know why -- to protect you.
I don't think Bush's non-lawyer status excuses him from not knowing the law. In fact, it's amazing to me that voters would elect any non-lawyer as President. The President is the Chief Executive, responsible for executing the laws of the land. The President has veto power over Congress. If the President is not a lawyer, he has to rely on the opinons and advice of those he hires. Why should we trust second-hand legal advice?
I would not amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage, to protect victims' rights or for any other politically fashionable statement. But I do think our President (and Supreme Court Justices and our Senators) should be lawyers. Shakespeare might want to kill me, but it's the truth.
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