Mitt Romney is a tyrant

January 9, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More

Need proof? Check out Romney’s own carefully crafted words. Let Glenn Greenwald be your tour guide.

These are just some of the powers which Romney — and, among the respondents, Romney alone — claimed the President possesses, either by explicitly claiming them or refusing to repudiate them when asked directly:

* to eavesdrop on Americans with no warrants, even if doing so is in violation of Congressional law (Question 1).

* to attack Iran without Congressional authorization, even in the absence of an imminent threat (Question 2).

* to disregard a congressional statute limiting the deployment of troops (Question 3).

* to issue a signing statement reserving a constitutional right to bypass laws enacted by Congress (Question 4).

* to disregard international human rights treaties that the US Senate has ratified where said treaties, in his view, “impinge upon the President’s constitutional authority” (Question 8 ).


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. the chaplain says:

    Has Romney ever read the Constitution? Perhaps every newly elected president should be required to attend a course in Constitutional law before being inaugurated.

  2. grumpypilgrim says:

    the chaplain's comment exposes a surprising aspect of the American presidency: no objective competency requirement. We require garbage truck drivers, hair stylists and many other skilled workers to have special training and to earn a competency-based license, yet no competence requirement exists to be the leader of the free world. That might be a good thing for people like George Jr. or Ronny Reagan, but not so good for the rest of humanity.

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    The Fallacy of Accent (350 BC, and still fresh!) is the difference between "Lobbyists aren't running my campaign" and "Lobbyists aren't running my campaign." <a target="_blank" href="">Full post here.

  4. Dan Klarmann says:

    "Technically, Aristotle was describing how changing the inflection of a Greek word could change its meaning. But that's not how we use it. "

    More like entrance (the way in) vs. entrance (to hypnotize)

  5. Erich Vieth says:

    When Mitt Romney lies, he makes it worth our while:

    "I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam."

    – Mitt Romney, Boston Globe, 6/24/07

    "I was not planning on signing up for the military. It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam."

    – Mitt Romney, Boston Herald, 5/2/94

    For the full post by Chris Kelly, go here.

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