I think Barack Obama has the right idea:
If elected president, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama said one of the first things he wants to do is ensure the constitutionality of all the laws and executive orders passed while Republican President George W. Bush has been in office.
Those that don’t pass muster will be overturned, he said.
One of Bush’s goals has been to make sure the radicalism of its administration survives his term – by seeding the bureaucracy with movement loyalists, sabotaging government agencies which could hinder movement activities, using government power to damage movement enemies, as well as the more accepted methods of appointing movement judges, passing legislation, and acting to establish radical precedent and culture in the government. One of the primary goals of a Democratic administration must be to clean up the mess – remove the movement soldiers from the civil service, repair the broken agencies, reestablish appropriate norms, nullify the radical precedents, shampoo the carpets, repaint the walls, have the city of Washington, DC crop-dusted with holy water, and act at all times in open rejection of everything the Bush people stand for and “accomplished”. There will be considerable political pressure to “move on” – particularly when undoing bad action requires revisiting unpleasant “old news” which could embarrass important people – and nothing can ever completely undo what is done. But it’s nice that Obama seems to have garbage collction as a priority.