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Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy Paperback – April 28, 2008
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Savage's summary asserts that Bush-Cheney have succeeded in seizing vast powers for the presidency by ignoring many of the restraints placed on it by Congress, the courts, and the Constitution. Warrantless waretapping, politicization of the Justice Department and the torture debate, use of "signing statements" to claim a right to defy new laws, efforts to impose greater control over military JAG lawyers, secrecy behind Cheney's energy task force (and innumerable other government actions), and holding U.S. citizens without trial as "enemy combatants" have all served this end.
Savage clearly sees Cheney as the force behind these moves, citing Cheney's earlier experiences and actions in government, beginning in the Nixon administration within the Office of Economic Opportunity with Don Rumsfeld, on to episodes of classified information disclosure (eg. illegal CIA spying on Americans, U.S. submarines eavesdropping on Soviet cables), Cheney's restricting access to President Ford by those with competing viewpoints (also reduced likelihood of leaks), and efforts within Congress to support Reagan-Bush power grabs (eg. forcing executive agencies to submit proposed rules to the White House before they could take effect).
The Bush-Cheney powergrab began immediately upon assuming the office. White House Counsel Gonzales was assigned a support role almost on the administration's opening day.Read more ›
It is difficult for some readers, especially those who refuse to see the inadequecies and subversions of this presidency to read books that are not flattering, but hopefully they can leave their ideology for a while.
Had some of the events that took place within the oval office during the last six years occured during the previous administration there would have been very credible reasons to seek impeachment, and the failure of Congress to demand a better accounting of the insane power grabs is incomprehensible, but partisan politics seems to be the only measure to take, not take action. America has lost so much credibility during this imperial presidency that it will take decades to even begin to repair some of the damage, and then only if our politicians on both sides of the aisle wake up, and soon.
It's been known for some time now that the run up to the war in Iraq was based on conjecture. As Savage reminds us, Tony Blair's cabinet had correctly surmised that (regarding the potential invasion) "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy". This was only the beginning for the Bush people and, having gotten their way with that, the rush to accumulate power within the executive branch of government was underway. Castrating Congress, disregarding the courts and avoiding public opinion, the administration went on a tear. Legalisms became the norm in order to sidestep the law as the White House pulled the wagons in closer and tighter.
One of the main thrusts of "Takeover" is a discussion about Unitary Executive Theory which amounts to an idea that an executive can ignore previous laws, precedents that are attached to them and to do pretty much at will as he so desires. This often takes the form of "signing statements". It is here that Savage really makes his case for how far out on a limb Bush-Cheney have gone. With their team of lawyers working seemingly around the clock to get around anything that might get in the way, (and in their mind, "weaken" the executive branch) Savage adeptly and successfully crashes their party.Read more ›
Savage looked at all the documents, court rulings, and white papers relating to Cheney's work, and in this book makes a powerful case that we would have known what we were in for today if we had studied the history of this man. It's a case-study of how to demolish democracy. This is compelling and mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the Constitution of the United States and the future of our democracy.
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Unpopular opinion in its day, the Bush era was the begining of catastrophe in the middle east.this is what happens if the wrong man is elected.Published 7 months ago by Robert T. Neely
Excellent reporting. Bush and Cheney should spend the rest of their days in federal prison. Add Rumsfeld, Rove and Libby.Published 9 months ago by Kresse A. Armour
Well, I started out despising GWB and his regime so this wan't anything new to me. The GWB regime cost us the demise of capitalism, the constitution particularly the fourth... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Recites old and tired mantras, nothing really new was saidPublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I only scanned part of this book and cannot claim to be expert on this man's work. However, it is clear that this write is securely in the Bush-hatred end of modern liberalism. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steve Austin
I remember reading this book during the Bush Presidency. Charlie Savage painted himself as some kind of seeker of the truth that just wanted to inform the American people. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I bought this book to augment my current academic program in law and policy. It was recommended by one of my professors and I really appreciate the content and the writer's style.Published on June 24, 2014 by jdejean333
It's a book that reveals much of what I had conjectured with my reading of the WSJ and the fulfillment of prophecy from the Book of Mormon.Published on December 10, 2013 by David D. Dickson
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.
When people complain about the current President, I just throw this... Read more