Bush Commutes Scooter
The President delivered a message to the American people today. Well, actually he only repeated the message that he has been sending for some time now. The message is simply that the first principles of the Cheney Administration - duplicity, secrecy, and loyalty - trump everything else, not the least of which was his Constitutionally-mandated oath of office.
Remember how Bush started off what quickly turned into the worst presidency in American History? As required by Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, he solemnly swore to
- faithfully execute the office of President of the United States (he didn't, he turned over everything to Dick Cheney),
- and would to the best of his ability (he had, as it turned out, no abilities);
- preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States (he has honored all of these only in the breach).
I respect the jury's verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald reacted (in part):
The sentence in this case was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country. In this case, an experienced federal judge considered extensive argument from the parties and then imposed a sentence consistent with the applicable laws. It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals.Thus, the American people understand they are currently governed by men instead of by laws as promised by John Adams (1780):
In the government of this commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers or either of them: the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men.They further realize that theirs is a two-tiered justice system: one for the Bush crime family and one for the rest of us.
I, for one, do not understand Senator Joe Biden's reactive posturing:
It is time for the American people to be heard - I call for all Americans to flood the White House with phone calls tomorrow expressing their outrage over this blatant disregard for the rule of law.Joe doesn't get it.
Currently, the White House is given a 'strongly approve' rating of 11% in the polls; it's hunkered down in stonewalling mode. Bush, himself, is only mooning the increasing outraged American people.
The blizzard of emails, phone calls and letters should be levied instead at Congressional representatives. And the message should as uncomplicated as possible: