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Those Who Can't, Teach?

Monday, Jul. 07, 2008 3:47 AM

The National Review Online's Kathryn Jean Lopez has an idea for an after-the-presidency gig for George W. Bush: high school teacher.

Never mind the disaster that would ensue from having our children taught by a man who has trouble with scripted speeches, or the irony of the 'Education President' being hoist upon his own No Child Left Behind petard, Lopez clearly isn't aware that teachers aren't exactly highly paid - it'd be a bit of a disappointment for a man who thinks his retirement years are going to be 'hanging out on the ranch' and 'giving a few speeches to replenish the coffers.'

Frankly, the post-White-House career I have in mind for George W. Bush involves an orange jumpsuit. He can even share a cell with Cheney, provided ol' Dick doesn't pull a Kenny-Boy and drop dead before his sentencing.

The sad reality, of course, is that neither Bush nor Cheney, nor any of their cohorts, will ever see a courtroom, let alone a jail cell.


Congress returns today, and could vote on the 'compromise' that idiots like Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid put on the table to please the Bush Administration.

FISA was never broken and was not going to expire. We were not lacking or losing our ability to conduct surveillance of foreign communications.

The Protect America Act and the legislation offered after its expiration are entirely about legitimizing the illegal and warrantless wiretaps conducted by the NSA at the behest of the Bush Administration, and to protect the phone companies from liability.

Legitimizing those wiretaps weakens the protections of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. By conflating the threat of terrorism, people like Dick Cheney are successfully getting Americans to surrender their liberties, even as he hides his own perfidy behind the veil of 'executive privilege' and 'national security.'



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