It is my opinion that this is just one more step in the process the Bush/Cheney/Gonzales administration has set in place to replace the U.S. Constitution with a right-wing authoritarian theocratic government. US Attorney Lam got Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham from San Diego sent to prison, and indicted at least one more Republican Congressman before leaving office. US Attorney Ygliesias failed to respond to calls from Republican Sen. Dominici and Congresswoman Heather Wilson to bring an indictment against Congresswoman Wilson's opponent before the November 2006 election. Congresswoman Wilson won reelection by only 826 votes, which demonstrates how close the election was. The US Attorney for Arkansas was fired so that an aide to Karl Rove could be given his office.
Do you want to live in a nation operated under the Rule of Law? One where the US Constitution is the highest law of the land and no person, including the President, is above the law? Bush, Cheney and Gonzales don't want you to. They want a right-wing authoritarian theocratic government in which the highest law in the land is the one they want.
John Locke - Second Treatise on Government makes it clear that that the legislature MUST be the one supreme power in the government. The Founding Fathers were fully aware of this when they wrote into Article VI of the Constitution the following:
"This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.So the legislature is the supreme power in the land (as indicated by its position as Article I of the Constitution, before all other agencies of government) and the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
The 1803 decision of Marbury vs Madison made clear what had been only implied in the Constitution, that the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the meaning of the U.S. Constitution when a case that requires such interpretation is appealed to them and they accept it.
Don't overlook the fact that the Courts cannot go our and decide to start a case. Every case must be brought to the court by a prosecutor, or appealed from such a properly initiated case in the various States. Federal cases must be initiated by a Federal Prosecutor. If the administration can intimidate the US Attorneys to stop them from initiating a case, that case will not be considered in the Courts for its Constitutionality. That is what is happening here with the firing of the many US Attorneys. The replacements will be a lot more amenable to "suggestions", and so will all the other US Attorneys who want to keep their jobs.
These are the major institutions that operate the Rule of Law in the United States. None of these instutions and decisions include the claim of Vice President Dick Cheney that the President can operate without constraint when he acts as Commander-in-Chief in time of war. There is no such power described anywhere, and the assertions of the Vice President do not change that in any way.
The coup-de-etate and elimination of the US Constitution being attempted by this administration has no basis in law whatsoever. The efforts of Gonzalez to remove all the US Attorneys he has suddenly removed are a desperate attempt by the attempted coup members to make an end run to avoid the law and the Constitution.
These people mst be removed from office before they really damage America beyong repair.