The United States Constitution
- - President George W. Bush
The Constitution of the United States of America is designed to explicitly state the structure of our country’s government and work to protect our civil and human rights. It is often referred to as the foundation of America and the building blocks of our nation. The United States Constitution is comprised of the Preamble, 7 original articles, and 27 amendments (the first ten of which are referred to as the Bill of Rights).
In accordance with the Constitution, the President of the United States is required to take the Oath of Office before his or her inauguration. The oath reads,
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Unfortunately, President George W. Bush had repeatedly demonstrated complete disregard for the Constitution and what it stands for. Rather than ‘preserving, protecting, and defending’ the Constitution, our President has acted unconstitutionally on countless occasions and seems to be attempting to write his own Constitution. While provisions in the Constitution were put in place to prevent the Executive from gaining too much power, President Bush has used the War on Terror as an excuse to claim overreaching and unchecked power, and to put himself above the law.
The existence and power of the United States Constitution as we know it are currently being threatened, and our rights – inalienable and otherwise – may not be so secure after all. On our “Bill of Right” page, we have examined the implications that the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act have on our Constitutional rights.