George's madness continues
Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 10:16 p.m.
I recently watched, again, one of my favorite movies, "The Madness of King George."
Its plot is a meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by King George III. He reigned from 1760 to 1810, at which time his insanity became permanent, and a regent was appointed to fill in until his death in 1820.
It was King George that our founding fathers fought against. The framers of the constitution had had enough of the whims of the divine right monarchs. Included in the Constitution was the oath of office for the president: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
They also included the Bill of Rights to spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Among these is the fourth amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Our current president, also named George, has admitted that he authorized - stating that it was indeed within his power and authority - the clandestine surveillance by various means, including wire tapping, electronic eavesdropping, e-mail monitoring, etc., without due process of law; that is the obtaining of properly sworn warrants.
The fact of the admitted authorization is a violation of the oath he took, and, I believe, an offense meriting censure of the highest order, and impeachment.
Gary L. Miller,
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