Chalmers Johnson at History News Network tells it like is, not the way I’d like it to be:
“As Adam Nagourney of the New York Times reported, by the end of March 2007, at least 280,000 American citizens had already contributed some $113.6 million to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Rudolph Giuliani, or John McCain.
“If these people actually believe a presidential election a year-and-a-half from now will significantly alter how the country is run, they have almost surely wasted their money. As Andrew Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism, puts it: ‘None of the Democrats vying to replace President Bush is doing so with the promise of reviving the system of check and balances…. The aim of the party out of power is not to cut the presidency down to size but to seize it, not to reduce the prerogatives of the executive branch but to regain them.'”
The federal government can recover from Bush’s unerring instinct to do the wrong thing from New Orleans to Iraq. But the constitution may not recover from signing statements, the effacement of habeas corpus, Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, torture, and the excesses of the Patriot Act. If the republic ever needed an opposition party, it needs one now.