A To-Do List for Bush

The New York Times presents its "must do" list for President Bush. Excellent choices include:

  • Restore Habeas Corpus
  • Stop Illegal Spying
  • Ban Torture, Really

In addition, the Times says, he must close secret prisons, account for the ghost prisoners, ban extraordinary rendition, tighten the definition of enemy combatant, fairly screen prisoners, ban secret and tainted evidence, better define "classified evidence" and respect the right to counsel.

It may be a to-do list for Bush, but I hope the Democrats are reading and listening. These are many of the issues we expected them to lead on when we voted in November.

Time to get busy.

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    Habeus Corpus (none / 0) (#1)
    by jarober on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 02:27:15 PM EST
    Can you explain to me how non-citizens are eligible for all the rights and privileges due to citizens?

    Since you also seem to be in favor of fully open borders, exactly what benefits does anyone who was born a citizen, or went through the legal process of becoming a citizen have?

    The Constitution (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Edger on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 03:16:52 PM EST
    ...doesn't apply to Americans, it doesn't apply to citizens, it doesn't even apply to "people." It applies to the federal government. The body of the Constitution tells the federal government what it is allowed to do, and in some places it explains how to do it (election procedures and such). The Bill of Rights tells the federal government what it is not allowed to do.

    Oh Well (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by squeaky on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 03:21:32 PM EST
    Perhaps jarober needs to join a more exclusive 'country club'.

    Well there should be a few countries (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Edger on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 03:31:11 PM EST
    that still have a caste system, no?

    Regarding Browne (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 08:53:25 AM EST
    A Libertarin is someone who wants to ride on the highway someobe else built while complaining that it is financed wrong, poorly constructed really not needed.

    You're close. (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Edger on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 09:35:40 AM EST
    I know you meant a republican, though.

    Otherwise known as a rethug.


    Browne was a Repub?? (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 09:48:31 AM EST
    Who knew??

    I like your definition but (none / 0) (#14)
    by Molly Bloom on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 02:12:30 PM EST
    I am afraid Edgar is right, that also describes the current Republican party.


    Benefits of Citizenship (none / 0) (#8)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 06:54:45 PM EST
    what benefits does anyone who was born a citizen


    ·         A citizen has the right to vote for elected officials at the federal, state and local levels who shape the policy of the government.

    ·         Only a citizen has the right to hold most city, state or federal offices, and the right to hold certain federal, state and city jobs.

    ·         Citizens can leave the U.S. and live in another country for as long as they want and travel may be easier for U.S. citizens in certain countries.

    ·         Citizens can petition for more family members to come to the U.S. with shorter waiting lists for green cards.

    ·         Citizens cannot be prevented from re-entering the U.S. or be deported.

    ·         Citizens do not have to worry about renewing their green cards every ten years.

    ·         Citizens who retire abroad receive full Social Security benefits (whereas lawful permanent residents receive only half their benefits) and citizens may be subject to fewer restrictions on estate taxes.

    ·         Certain countries, including Ireland and the United Kingdom, recognize "dual citizenship" permitting naturalized U.S. citizens to maintain their citizenship of birth and original passport.

    ·         Citizens are eligible for more public benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Food Stamps, and certain types of educational scholarships and financial aid.

    ·         In some cases, children under 18 years of age can naturalize automatically with their parents.

    See also


    Molly B (none / 0) (#10)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 08:54:18 AM EST
    What responsibilities do citizens have??

    to demand impeachment of (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by Molly Bloom on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 02:10:49 PM EST
    George Bush and his cronies and a return to our constitutional democracy birthright.

    And do you have any others?? (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 06:48:22 AM EST
    Could you add?

    Be an informed voter?

    Accept the burden and volunteer to serve in the military?

    There's others.

    Your turn.


    Oh?? Perhaps you can help then. (none / 0) (#17)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 09:17:35 AM EST

    What responsibilities can you add to the list??


    General Clark was interviewed (none / 0) (#5)
    by jen on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 04:25:59 PM EST
    by Amy Goodman the other night at the Y in NY. Democracy NOW! has the transcript and video up. He talked about all the things you mention that our Dems should be talking about, and a lot more. I wish that the current candidates would get out of celebrity mode and into the hard stuff.

    Wesley Clark Weighs Presidential Bid: "I Think About It Everyday"

    power to kidnap and torture? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mary on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 05:17:28 PM EST
    The initial question isn't who has rights under the Constitution or not Jarober - it is rather, does the Constitution grant to any branch of the government, singlely or collectively, the power to kidnap and torture and very likely kill in some cases, people and their families who are not US citizens, all based on Executive fiat and without trials? Innocent people and families?

    Not only does that grant not exist, Jarober, the Constitution specifically abhors such a possibility, be it via due process requirements, habeas protections, or more particularly in these cases, Bill of Attainder prohibitions.  Some aspects of some Consitutional provisions, like, for example, warrant requirments, do not apply to non-citizens not in the US (although with respect to those persons and as shown by the Italian litigation, the US Constitution cannot insulate US govt officials from being guilty of crimes in those foreign countries for violations of law).  

    The Executive, Legisltive, and Judicial branches, however, all rely upon grants of authority.  None is a plenary authority to do whatever it darn well pleases, absent some specific limitation.  Power derives from the citizens' grant to the branche, via the Constitutional contract, and there is no grant of authority to the Executive to roam the world, using assets and resources of the United States, for the purpose of kidnapping and blackhole torture.  There are no "missing" Federalist papers that disuss how there is an invisible ink provision in the Consitution that authorizes the President of the United States to kidnap, torture - heck, lets add molest, rape and murder - anyone anywhere in the world, other then the US.  Just cuz.  

    Moreover, the Padilla and Vance cases demonstrate that the rights of US citizens to be free from Executive abuse without charges has been just as corrupted as the use of US citizen assets and the power of the United States Government to kidnap and torture non-citizens.

    And as long as we're dreaming... (none / 0) (#7)
    by TomStewart on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 05:54:46 PM EST
    ...I'd like a pony.

    And a Batmobile.