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Published:May 25th, 2007 03:56 EST
Memorializing America: July 4, 1776 to May 9, 2007?

Memorializing America: July 4, 1776 to May 9, 2007?

By John Lillpop

Just in time for Memorial Day, America, land of the free and home of the brave and the best hope for all of humankind, appears to have died.

Although conservatives have been warning of the imminent death of our constitutional republic for some time, the death still comes as a shock to many.

The cause of death appears to be abuse by the executive branch, although the Bush administration has refused comment to date.

All that is known for sure is that on May 9, 2007, President George W. Bush signed a presidential directive that would grant dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of an emergency.

And who would be authorized to declare such an emergency?

Hard to believe, but that would be the same person to whom those dictatorial powers would accrue; namely, the president.

The presidential directive, titled the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, apparently has no provision for congressional oversight whatsoever.

Dr. Jerome Corsi of WorldNetDaily authored an exclusive commentary on Bush`s extraordinary power grab. That commentary can be seen at the following link:

The directive itself can be viewed here.

Allowing dictatorial powers to end up in the hands of a termed-out president
with approval ratings hovering around 30 percent probably does not pass the Civics 101 smell test.

Even worse, this president`s woes are compounded by an extremely unpopular war, a hostile congress including members of his own party, and an amnesty scheme that could destroy American sovereignty, language, and culture by legalizing 12-30 million third world illegal aliens.

Given the political realities that George W. Bush faces, one cannot help but wonder if the president`s May 9 directive will, in effect, also serve as a death certificate for the most successful and prosperous society in recorded human history?

John Lillpop is a recovering liberal.