Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

July 4, 2007

Bush Crosses the Rubicon

Filed under: politics — codesmithy @ 7:40 am

Bush commuted the prison sentence of Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame leak investigation. The obvious “quid pro quo” between him being a fall guy to protect those in higher offices in exchange for a guarantee to not serve any prison time hardly takes a sleuth to figure out. It was intentional, prearranged and an audacious attack on the rule of law.

Although technically legal, it is a blatant abuse of power. It is an example of a cesspool of corruption that exudes from this presidential administration. As Glenn Greenwald put it in this article:

The Plame investigation was urged by the Bush CIA and commenced by the Bush DOJ, Libby’s conviction pursued by a Bush-appointed federal prosecutor, his jail sentence imposed by a Bush-appointed “tough-on-crime” federal judge, all pursuant to harsh and merciless criminal laws urged on by the “tough-on-crime/no-mercy” GOP. Lewis Libby was sent to prison by the system constructed and desired by the very Republican movement protesting his plight.

In all likelihood, Libby was shown mercy at every point in the process. The fact that his crimes were so blatant and undeniable that is those that would usually favor his innocence found him, without a reasonable doubt, guilty speaks to their audacity.

There are three courses from here to reflect on this holiday where we celebrate our independence from tyranny. One course is for Bush and Cheney to recognize the error of their was and resign as Keith Olbermann put it in his special comment. I highly doubt that with the displayed contempt for the constitution that this administration has shown so far, that a sudden change of heart is likely. The second option is impeachment. Congress must impeach both Bush and Cheney (Cheney first) for their high crimes and misdemeanors. Anything less is a blatant dereliction of duty and failing their oath to uphold the constitution. The third option is to do nothing, and nothing is the end. The Fourth of July with all of its flag waving and fireworks becomes nothing more than a hollow symbol. A holiday that holds no meaning because everything it once stood for we have disavowed and given up. This is not the first time that we’ve had blatant criminality and cronyism in our highest office. But this time it is so obvious and transparent that to do nothing is to condone and accept it. At that point, our government has collapsed and imploded. We are a “failed state” in every literal sense of the term, the only thing that will prevent such acceptance is sheer denial.

The die is cast. Will we go the way of the Roman Republic, or will we preserve the democracy so many have fought and given their lives to found and protect?


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