@Stupid Asses AC
Rule of Law can have two definitions.
Ruled by the Law or the Rules that make up what the Law is.
The most positive view I have encountered of the Rule of Law is that those in power (the sovereign, the executive, the government, whatever) should be ruled by and subject to the same rules/laws as the people.
This has plenty of history behind it, including Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle suggesting this view.
Bush, on the other hand, seems to be of the view that Plato said 'the chosen few should rule the people as they are sheep' and chosen himself to be exempt from certain laws, chosen to silence some judges who question certain things (no, he didn't kill them, just told them they were not allowed to judge on the matters) and even exempt himself from any future action against him or his chosen few by anybody invoking the Geneva Convention at him for treating folk inhumanely.
Yup, the Dubya has seen that some folk might want him to be subject to the Rule of Law. He does not seem to want that to happen.
As for anybody who blames him for all the badness in the world speaking BS and voting him in in the first place - well shucks pardner; I hate to p on your parade, but it might well be the case that most of yall across the pond are a bit like us.
Most of us do not appear to vote. Reasons may vary, I think largely it is because we don't trust the devil or the deep blue sea and cynisim and apathy may have won the day.
This of course, has obvious bad consequences, as we have seen with the resulting rule of the three B's, Bush, Blair and now Bean (Brown).
Nevertheless, let it not be said that all those who do not vote are the only ones who are stupid.
Who for instance, chooses the candidates who run for leader of each party in the UK? Who chooses the ministers once they get in?
Who chooses the candidates for the primaries in the US?
Not the people - and who chose that they needed millions of £/$ to run for government?
Right, constitutional status rant over.
Now onto whales and dolphins - Japs leave them alone now. Aussies go hunt for Japs to escort out of Aussie sanctuary waters.
Hagbard - go tell Howard to tell everybody to get the hell out of dodge.