2007 will definitely go down in the history books as one of the most politically controversial years ever. As the War in Iraq continues, along with mounting tensions between the U.S. and Iran, one thing has never been witnessed more clearly before than it is today—the power of the presidency.
Earlier in the year, Bush assured the American people he would tackle the issues of Social Security and Immigration. Those matters took second chair to the War in Iraq. Bush brandished his executive powers time after time during 2007 as he vetoed bills and locked horns with Congress over several major issues such as by passing the judicial system to eavesdrop and the newly controversial issue of simulating drowning to force prisoners of war to divulge intelligence information—a torture technique supposedly no longer used.
How much power is too much power? Congress pressured Bush to adhere to a timeline for troop removal from the Middle East in which Bush emphatically revoked. One could certainly venture to say there has been a serious abuse of executive power during the past two terms of this presidency. Yet, the matter goes unnoticed by the media. America is in crisis—economically, politically and socially. So when do the American people declare “enough” and begin to demand change?
Clearly, the door has been opened for presidential leaders who succeed Bush to follow suit and wield executive power in the same manner. If the checks and balances are not afforded the ability to do the job in which they were meant, could the democracy in which our government so adamantly wishes to spread globally be at the mercy of a new form of imperialism?