Some claim we are in the midst of an Imperial Presidency in the United States where entitlement, privilege, birthright and non-accountability for actions creates a royal purview that leads to a “no discussion” and “What I say goes” attitude in the office that was built to lead us all. There are some that claim the Bush family see themselves as landed American Royalty where the right to rule us is an innate and inborn power that must, and shall, continue for generations to come.
New York Times editor Tom Friedman was on Imus in the Morning the other day and he was wound up and angry about the war in Iraq. Friedman believes it is “stakes not performance; principles not practice” that rules the current presidential mindset and that powerful phrase gives great insight into an administration where only the now matters and whatever the future brings is beyond our interest.
He went on to argue how Republicans are using the war as a wedge issue for political gain. He is concerned American troops on foreign soil are being politicized to win elections on the homeland. “How,” Friedman asked, “can you get all of Americans behind the war when only 50.1% of them are sought out by the current administration? You need to try to get 100% of Americans behind the war not just a bare majority.”
Friedman also said the war in Iraq is about Donald Rumsfeld proving Colin Powell wrong. Rumsfeld wants “just enough troops to lose” while Powell wanted “overwhelming force to win.” “I am shocked at the breathtaking audacity [of the current administration],” Friedman continued, and he finished his interview by sharing a story about recently dropping off his daughter for her first year in college when he realized “she now lives in a more dangerous world than that into which she was born.” Are we currently living under American Royal Robes?
If yes, how did this happen and how can we get out from under? What does the rest of the world think when they see a democratic society usurped by privilege and entitlement by birthright?