Sunday, March 23, 2008

"So," Mr. Vice President?

Mickey Edwards is a retired Republican congressman who served Oklahoma's 5th congressional district from 1977 to 1993, and one of the GOP leaders to lead the charge in 1990 for the first Gulf War.

Mickey was recently offended by Cheney's glib response to ABC's Martha Raddatz who reminded the VP of the publics disapproval of the war in Iraq. Cheney's one word response was "so?".

Mickey replied by an OP-ED in the Washington Post that a republican friend forwarded.
Cheney told Raddatz that American war policy should not be affected by the views of the people. But that is precisely whose views should matter: It is the people who should decide whether the nation shall go to war. That is not a radical, or liberal, or unpatriotic idea. It is the very heart of America's constitutional system.
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If Dick Cheney believes, as he obviously does, that the war in Iraq is vital to American interests, it is his job, and that of President Bush, to make the case with sufficient proof to win the necessary public support.

That is the difference between a strong president (one who leads) and a strong presidency (one in which ultimate power resides in the hands of a single person). Bush is officially America's "head of state," but he is not the head of government; he is the head of one branch of our government, and it's not the branch that decides on war and peace.

When the vice president dismisses public opposition to war with a simple "So?" he violates the single most important element in the American system of government: Here, the people rule.
While this is obviously true, where has Mickey been the last 5 years?

And while I believe Mickey is sincere in his OP-ED, I look for a lot more Republicans to get religion on such issues should the White House change party hands.

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