President Bush continues to show flagrant disregard for our constitution and the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of our government. He is circumventing the veto process with his signing statements. Thus he is saying, "OK, this is the law but I can interpret this law as I see fit."
There should be no signing statements on legislative bills presented to the president. It should either be signed or vetoed. With his 700+ signing statements he has surpassed all other presidents combined in using this tactic while having the honor of using the least vetos. Why bother with a veto when a signing statement gives you authority to ignore the legislation in the name of "national security"?
The latest signing statement regards the right of the government to open our mail. Note the use of the phrase "exigent circumstances". This is purposely vague to justify opening our mail under any circumstances that they deem "exigent". If Aunt Martha is dying and you're notifying a family member, that is "exigent".
You've heard it before in my blog and some of you will disagree, but Big Brother is here to stay until all of these signing statements are voided. Our freedoms are being eroded daily by this administration.