Comments: New Tomdispatch

If only he could see US now, Ben Franklin WOULD be pissed.

Posted by Mike Meyer at October 18, 2009 05:38 PM

Mike Meyer:

Ben Franklin would STILL be pissed, because he was pissed then too. He just new how to have a good time anyway. He was definitely the funniest inventor turned political thinker that I know of. Read his letter on the reasons to marry an older woman sometime when you're bored.

As for Swanson's article, it seems good to me. It's much better than that bunch of lying crap Woodward published in the Post today. (What is it with Woodward doing the last interview with every famous person before he dies? Did they teach Woodward that in Naval Intelligence?)

Here's the tiny little qualification people might remember about Swanson's article: Presidential Power = Executive Power, not the personal power of the President. Those are different things. Presidential Power is much more than the power of the person elected as President, a lesson almost universally learned by Presidents when they try to be independent thinkers and especially if they get soft-headed and try to do something good. The National Security State likes Presidents who amplify Presidential Power, which is effectively the power of the National Security State. On the other hand, Presidents who try to lessen Presidential Power don't usually get much cooperation with that, especially if they have some dumb idea about peace or what's good for humanity or something like that.

Posted by N E at October 18, 2009 09:43 PM