Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dick Cheney and the Limits of Respect for the Office

So, it seems reasonable to think that one has, as a citizen, an obligation to respect the office of the president, and, presumably, that of the vice-president.

However, presumably there are limits to these obligations--especially, perhaps, for ex-presidents and VPs.

I'm wondering about the limits of these obligations.

And, specifically, about whether Cheney has stepped far enough over the line that we are now entitled to say what we honestly think about that...person.

I'm not talking about gratuitous vituperation. I'm just talking about speaking the unvarnished truth insofar as we can discern it.


Anonymous Montag said...

seriously? obligation?

there may be a tradition of 'respecting the office' but there is no obligation. a quick consultation of the founding documents seems to indicate the opposite of an obligation toward those who would rule us.

9:07 PM  

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