Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States yesterday. Still, there were reminders of the Bush legacy as Chief Justice Roberts managed to bungle the oath of office.
Several news commentators expressed their disgust for people in the crowd who had the audacity to boo and taunt the 43rd. I think Bush deserves no more respect than he has shown. There are those who would say we should act like bigger people and be gracious in victory. However, it is that very graciousness that would allow Bush to whitewash the past. If the public does not repudiate Bush then who will? The lapdog press? No, it has been and will continue to be the people. If Chris Matthews doesn’t like it then it is because his nose is too brown and must have come to the conclusion that everything now smells like roses.
It is beyond a reasonable doubt that Bush has committed war crimes. The United States has water-boarded prisoners, Bush has admitted to authorizing it.
Call me cynical, but it is not clear whether Obama will prosecute. Failure to prosecute Bush for his crimes would demonstrate a supreme lack of principle and moral courage on the part of the Obama administration. He may deem it impractical or too alienating, but the simple truth of the matter is that Barack Obama would find himself face to face with injustice, with the power to stand for what is right, and would turn his back like so many others. Denying justice would be an action of a small man. Yes, it might grease the wheels with some Republicans to help pass a stimulus package, but such victories are fleeting, and such compromises seldom last. It is impossible honor an agreement between two parties without mutual respect, and likewise, it is impossible to respect a man who compromises his principles.
But regardless of what Obama does, I will continue to call for justice. Unlike Obama, I cannot drag George W. Bush into a court of law. All I can do is voice my disapproval, and emphatically point out that George W. Bush never represented me or what I believe in.