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College homework. I require some redstate assistance.

My most recent government class (Senior level under-grad class) this past Thursday we were discussing the evolution of presidential powers this past century.

I won’t go in to too much detail, but once we got on the topic of Bush, as you can imagine ears perked, faces went rigid, and the smile on my teacher’s face stretched an extra three inches as she beemed with glee at the reaction she invoked.

First she went on to accuse Bush of molding laws to fit his needs, and completely ignoring the constitution as he sees fit. She went on to discuss how he signs bills into law, then retroactively vetos them. She spoke of how he completely ignores congress, and the supreme court, and discussed how he follows the “imperial-theory of the presidency” which basically says he’s acting like a dictator.

Next she talked about the patriot act, and how the government spies on us. Then she went on to make assertions that President Bush has used the FBI, CIA, and NSA to infiltrate peacefully demonstrating groups, then used the infiltrators to incite criminal acts during the demonstrations in order to get the demonstrators arrested (particularly in anti-war groups).

She said things such as “The FBI will go into a group, and during a demonstration will coerce people into throwing rocks as police so that they can get them arrested and break up the demonstration”

I sat back quietly for the most part interjecting as I thought I could reasonably get away with. After class I approached her as asked for citations of all these assertions she made. She promised to email them to me, and while she was at it, she posted them on a digital webpage she maintains for our class. Here are the links:

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/04/30/bushchallengeshundredsoflaws/?page=4

http://www.aclunc.org/news/pressreleases/acluandfresnoresidentsseekfbirecordsregardinginfiltrationoflocalcommunity_group.shtml

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.spy18jul18,0,3787307.story

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20060113.html

I don’t even know where to begin. First off, all these references are very liberally biased. The last link is from someone who makes a living bashing republicans and in the closing statements you see

“John W. Dean, a FindLaw columnist, is a former counsel to the president. He wishes to thank Professor Phillip J. Cooper, Portland State University, for his research into the use of signing statements by Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.”

However if you go and click on his name at the top of the article you get http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/ which has some information such as

“In 2001 he published The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment that Redefined the Supreme Court; in early 2004, Warren G. Harding, followed by Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush. In 2006, John published Conservatives Without Conscience.

His newest book is Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches.”

Getting beyond the obviously biased sources you come to the points she actually made. I have yet to find information in any of these articles about a “retroactive-veto”, I also find almost zero information on any court-decision declaring what bush is doing is unconstitutional. Furthermore on the protesting thing, there is nothing about them being incited by “infiltrators” to commit criminal acts in order to break up their demonstrations.

Any ideas are appreciated. I’m honestly getting sick of this liberal BS. My first plan is to show her how utterly wrong she is (with some more assistance by you guys), Secondly I think I want to write a formal report to her department head, and CC the Campus president reprimanding her for compromising the intellectual integrity of her classroom.

What do you all think? Any assistance if highly appreciated.

Disclaimer, this is my first blog so I’m still learning how to properly quote things and what not.