A Republic or an Empire?
By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- Gentle reader, did you know that in April
President Bush went to Stanford University to speak to the Hoover
Institution fellows at the invitation of former Secretary of State
George Shultz but was not allowed on campus? The Stanford students
got wind of it and blocked Bush's access to the campus. The Hoover
fellows had to go to Shultz's home to hear Bush's pitch for war and
A person might think that it would be national news that Stanford
University students would not allow the President of the US on
campus. It happened to be a day that hundreds of prospective
freshmen were on campus with their parents, many of whom joined the
demonstration against Bush. I did not hear or read a word about it.
Did you? I learned of it from faculty friends in June when I
attended Stanford's graduation to witness a relative receive her
degree. The June 16 edition of The Stanford Daily reprints its April
24 report of the episode.
At the graduation, I was struck by the preponderance of Asians,
Africans, and Hispanics in the the student body. Stanford is truly
an international university, a noted difference from the days when I
was a member of the university. Looking at the list of graduates in
human biology, which I understand to be a pre-med degree, I count 24
white and Jewish males out of a graduation class of 206. That means
88.35 percent of the graduating class in human biology was Asian,
African, Hispanic, and female. If white males were a "preferred
minority" protected by quotas, they could certainly bring a
discrimination suit against Stanford.
My count could be off a bit as a result of the modern practice of
giving girls boys' names and giving boys girls' names, but on the
whole I was able to resolve the gender issue by consulting middle
names. One thing is clear. At Stanford the days of white male
hegemony are over.
To my readers I want to thank you for your emails and occasional old
fashioned letters delivered by US mail. I have learned that I am
loved by some and hated by others. I continually hear interesting
things from readers. Recently I heard from a Russian that Bush's
slogan, "you are with us or against us" comes from a communist song
dating from 1950, "The one who is not with us is against us." The
slogan was part of the propaganda used to suppress dissent.
Now for the main subject of the column. Martin Sieff is one of the
few remaining American reporters who actually report facts instead
of covering up for Bush. Sieff is elated at the US Supreme Court
ruling blocking the use of military tribunals to punish alleged
"terrorists." Sieff says the ruling means that "the United States is
still a republic, not an empire."
I hope Martin Sieff is right. But why will Bush pay any more
attention to a Supreme Court ruling than he does to the US
Constitution, US law, Congress, and public opinion? Bush and his
criminal government have decided that they can use 9/11 and the fear
and mindlessness it has brought to the American people to elevate
the executive branch into its own world of unaccountable power. As
Congress, the Democratic Party, and the media have all collapsed in
the face of Bush's power grab, why will Bush pay any attention to a
The Supreme Court, like the Pope, hasn't any divisions or a police
force with which to arrest Bush. Moreover, as one reader pointed
out, the majority decision against Bush was written by an 86-year
old man. His decision shredded the incompetent and utterly ignorant
ruling of the lower court written by John Roberts, the new Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court.
An 86-year old man hasn't a lot of time left to protect our rights
from executive power grabs. All Bush has to do is to appoint one
more Federalist Society tyrant to the Court, and he will have a
second rubber stamp of his dictatorial ways. He already has Congress
which has made it clear that it is perfectly comfortable with Bush's
high-handed behavior. Democrats are too intimidated by 9/11 and the
phony "war on terror" to offer any opposition.
With the electronic voting machines supplied by Republican firms and
programmed by Republican operatives, Bush can control election
results. Don't bet very heavily that Americans will regain the
constitutional protections and democratic accountability that they
enjoyed in the 20th century.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street
Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review.
He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached
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