We also agree when he suggests that in supporting Bush, we have given up numerous civil rights:
A really odd thing about this war is that, under the guise of fighting terrorism, American citizens have lost many of their Constitutional protections. We are now subjected to unconstitutional surveillance as if we are guilty before proven innocent. Our phones are tapped, our emails read, our banking records monitored, and such. All without a warrant, despite the fact that it's easy for them to obtain a warrant when one is remotely necessary. If anyone (even you or I) is declared an "enemy combatant" (which can be arbitrarily declared by the president) you lose your right to habeas corpus, charges, a speedy jury trial, evidence, appeal, conviction, representation, and the presumption of innocence. You can be arrested without cause or charges given and imprisoned for an indeterminate amount of time. Those are the tactics of the Soviet Gulag or Red China. How comfortable will you feel with these powers in the hands of President Hillary? Why in the world should we willingly give up our freedoms so those nasty terrorists don't take them from us? Why don't all you war-on-Iraq supporters give me all your money before some criminal steals it? It's the same logic.Where we part company, I realized, is his assumption that this war was illegal. He suggests that all wars since WW2 have been illegal because of the lack of congressional declaration. I understand the point, but would suggest that with all due respect, I am not sure that is the problem here. Had Bush demanded an act of war, given the state of fear that Rove/Cheney/Bush encouraged, I have no doubt the Republican dominated Congress would have obliged. I would further suggest that the authorization that so many people approved--while not technically a declaration, functioned as one.
No, I don't think we can blame this on Bush violating the Constitution--at least in this particular case. We can certainly blame him and his people for misleading the American people, and we can certainly blame him for appealing to people's fear, but ultimately, we have to recognize that our democratic system failed us here. Bush didn't break the law to pass the Patriot Act, but it still passed. Bush didn't break the law to pass the Military Commissions Act either. Both violate basic constitutional protections, but both were approved by our representatives.
For me the issue is the failure of our democratic process. We allowed this man to do this. As much as we will loathe him and what he has done, we have to take responsibility for sitting by while he undermined our system.