Following up on my rant against former President Bush’s misunderstanding of his task as President of the United States I give you a quote from President Obama from his inaugural address:
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. -Barack Obama 1/20/2009
He gets it. Our Founding Fathers didn’t craft our Constitution to apply only when things were going well. Like my marriage vows the rule of law applies in good times and in bad. We cannot jettison our ideals in the face of adversity.