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Dick Cheney, a General Santa Ana for our times

21 June 2007

The Office of Vice President Dick Cheney told an agency within the National Archives that for purposes of securing classified information, the Vice President’s office is not an ‘entity within the executive branch’ according to a letter released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Well, he ain’t a legislator, and he’s not a judge… so what’s this “non-executive” branch he belongs to? Reaching back into the dusty archives of Mexican and Texas history, I finally realized what Cheney is… he’s el Conservador… the 4th Branch of government under Santa Ana’s 1835 Siete Leyes.

When Santa Ana overthrew his own goverment (he was sort of a George W. Bush of his time, letting the harder working VP do the hard work of governance, while Santa Ana hung out at the ranch), the General and his cronies were shocked that the VP (Dr. Gomez Farias) actually started doing things… like restricting corporate (in his day, clerical) and military power. So, Santa Ana overthrew himself, and set about forcing through the Siete Leyes, which among other things did away with the States, and limiting voting rights.

The Texians — who’d been pushing for statehood, and separation of Coahuila — finally rebelled. The Texas Declaration of Independence justifies the rebellion on the changes to the 1824 Constitution.

The Siete Leyes — and the subsequent Texas War of Independence — were the basis of the 1836 Constitution which added a fourth branch of government, the Conservador. Like Cheney, it could override the other three and pretty much do whatever it damn well pleased. This was great for Cheney Santa Ana, but didn’t work out very well (hard enough to balance three branches, let alone four — an even number doesn’t work out very well)… so, having lost Texas, narly lost the Yucatan to another regional revolt and finding the whole thing a friggin’ mess, the fourth branch finally disappeared in 1842.

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Then, as now, people were left wondering WTF was that all about.

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