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(Note: many of the links contain bad words because they quote the President of the United States in an unedited fashion. They may also contain other bad words because of the lack of restraint of those authors and the passion these quotes invite.)

I had heard some vague rumblings about something like this, but it was not until today that I decided to find out if it was true and I found out that it is true. I tried to find some kind of rebuttal, denial, or some other kind of clarification, but after the first 40+ hits from this site not showing anything to mitigate the story, I gave up looking.

I also wanted to find out if this was true too, and it is.

These two things together are at the least mildly troubling and have also caused me to wonder what other people I have been mistaken about.

President Bush speaks Conservative. He speaks it very well. But when the Republicans were in control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency, there really seemed to be no program or expense they didn’t like. In the words of President Reagan “we could say they spend money like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors.” (It has been noted that the President already swears like a sailor, mostly in private.)

What troubles me the most is the President’s attitude about the Constitution and his own role and power as President.

The first thing I refer to comes from a meeting in November of 2005. The President was in a meeting with Congressional leaders discussing renewal of the Patriot Act. There was some resistance from Congressional leaders concerned about the Constitutionality of the Patriot Act and also about political fallout. This was the President’s response according to this article (edited for your sensitivities and emphasis):

“I don’t give a [g-d-],” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a [g-d-] piece of paper!


The article claimed verification from three people at the meeting, at least one of which was an aide to the President.

This quote is disturbing because it shows the President’s attitude about the Constitution which he took an oath of office to uphold and protect. It also reveals a confusion about the role of the President. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Not the Commander-in-Chief of everything.

Another difficulty with the President’s attitude and choice of words that “It’s just a [g-d-] piece of paper”, is the conflict with LDS Doctrine that the Constitution is actually a God-Blessed and Inspired “piece of paper”.

The second thing was President’s attitude about Donald Rumsfeld, from CNN’s website:

“I listen to all voices, but mine is the final decision,” he said. “And Don Rumsfeld is doing a fine job. He’s not only transforming the military, he’s fighting a war on terror. He’s helping us fight a war on terror. I have strong confidence in Don Rumsfeld.

“I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I’m the decider, and I decide what is best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.”


By itself, this is not a problem, but when added to his attitude about being the President and Commander-in-Chief, so “do it my way” it seems a little sinister. I have heard other leaders at least mention how they bear responsibility for their decisions, but President Bush only emphasizes his power to make decisions.

The combination of President Bush’s statement about the Constitution, how he is the Commander-in-Chief, and the Decider seems to indicate an attitude of Power without Responsibility. Not even a responsibility to follow the Constitution as opposed to being the Decider in Chief.

With regard to the President’s statement about the Constitution as just a piece of paper, The Idaho Observer noted:


President Bush even commented that Dick Cheney is one of his best friends because he doesn’t read about their private conversations in the press the next day.

The truth is that President Bush is right, in a practical sense: The Constitution is just a piece of paper that was superceded by the 14th Amendment and replaced by U.S. Code. However, blatant irreverence for that sacred document is unbecoming of a president.



If they mentioned the role of the Supreme Court I might be inclined to agree with that statement. As I mentioned in a previous post, the current U.S. Government bears very little resemblance to the Constitution.

President Bush is not a friend to the Constitution, even though he has sworn an oath to protect and uphold the Constitution.

Your comments are welcome.

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