To all the folks who've defended the "Unitary Executive" powers George W. Bush has taken over the last few years, I ask you something again that I have occasionally asked over those years, only my checklist is a bit more specific now:
Are you OK with Barack Obama authorizing warrantless wiretapping?
Are you OK with Barack Obama authorizing warrantless searches of any of your personal records, including phone and computer usage?
Are you OK with Barack Obama unilaterally determining who is a terrorist?
Are you OK with Barack Obama authorizing secret military tribunals?
Are you OK with Barack Obama telling Congress (or anyone else) that none of his administration's officials need to testify anywhere because they have executive privilige?
Are you OK with Barack Obama classifying in the name of national security thousands of his administration's documents having nothing to do with national security?
Are you OK with Barack Obama supporting administration members who block Freedom of Information Act requests at most every opportunity?
Are you OK with Barack Obama setting up "free speech zones" to corral protesters, or doing mass arrests of 1000+ protestors and holding them without charges, as happened in New York City during the 2004 Republican Convention?
Are you OK with carrying a federal ID under an Obama presidency?
Are you OK with signing a loyalty oath to hear Obama speak, or being thrown out of an Obama event if you're wearing a t-shirt that could be construed as anti-Obama?
Are you OK with Barack Obama using the military or contracted mercenaries for peacekeeping duties within America's borders?
Are you OK with Barack Obama giving the go-ahead for "extreme interrogation techniques"?
Are you OK with Barack Obama and his vice-president refusing to release the names of anyone visiting them at the White House?
Will you be OK with Obama's vice-president saying s/he isn't really a part of the Executive Branch or the Legislative Branch and therefore not accountable for his or her actions under either branch's rules?
Are you OK with being labelled "unpatriotic" or "anti-American" if you criticize anything Obama does in the name of national security?
I just wanted to check. Because do you really think once a president takes certain powers, a later president from the opposing party will ditch them?
If you answered "yes" to all of the checklist items above, then I at least respect you for swallowing hard and staying consistent in your belief that the president should be pre-eminent in American government rather than accepting any inconveniences like checks and balances.