USA Today has been referred to as America’s newspaper, Pardon for Libby would send the wrong message
Pardoning Libby would send a message that it’s OK to attempt to thwart the criminal justice system if you’re an important player in Washington. Washington already sends enough messages of that sort.
A pardon would also say that people who work for the White House are above the law if they think they’re doing the president’s bidding, because the president could always let them off the hook.
I was going to ask the rhetorical question, how could anyone possibly turn their back on Libby’s crimes and the ones he covered up by lying, but obviously there are many conservatives that are more then willing to engage in the worse kind of pretzel twisting logic mixed with crocodile tears to do just that. The Chicago Tribune and the Cincinnati Enquirer agrees Libby belongs in the slammer .
Libby should no more be pardoned then Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) The Fall of “Dollar” Bill Jefferson
For those looking for a good summer read I highly recommend yesterday’s indictment of Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana. It’s a genre-busting saga with something for everyone: mystery lovers will enjoy the overseas intrigue; fans of detective stories will marvel at the maze of shell companies Jefferson allegedly set up to solicit bribes; and fans of comedy will delight in learning more about how Jefferson stashed cash in his freezer.
The only thing I can say for Jefferson is that at least his crimes were of the old fashioned pay for play variety. Still Jefferson’s crimes are only marginally less serious. A major element that composes the foundation of a working liberal democracy such as ours is not written out in the Constitution, that element is trust. We have to believe our votes are vested in people that will respect the public trust and guard our egalitarian ideals. To carry out their duties without regard to gaming the system for personal reward. Jefferson, like Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) betrayed the people they were supposed to represent for cold hard cash and turned their back on principles in the process.
Fred Thompson: Another Elitest That Likes to Play Good Ol Boy
It wouldn’t be shocking to find out Fred’s red truck is really Dubya’s white truck…just spruced up in order to better demonstrate the importance of being Fred Thompson: the not-Bush-Bush candidate.
Yes, indeed, the plan for Fred is that he is supposed to be everything Bush could have been, if only he hadn’t been Bush…all the same failed positions and ideas, but communicated with a Hollywood actor’s skill.
Thompson has been known to use props to sell his fake everyman facade.
I’m putting up this link in honor of Joe Klein, a professional highly paid pundit who has as much insight into politics as a frog has into quantum mechanics, A Blog Is a Little First Amendment Machine
Conservatives are the Hate Movement. Despite the pretty regular pleas and whines about civility as a group they do stone faced hypocrisy better then any Mime troop Ex-POW tells Glamour she still gets hate mail
“People say, ‘You didn’t do anything in Iraq.’ Sometimes I think I’m the most hated person in America,” she told Glamour magazine for the July issue appearing on newsstands June 12.
“Nobody likes to believe the military would mislead people,” Lynch told the magazine. “But they wanted a war hero so badly that they portrayed me as one. They didn’t get their facts straight before talking about what happened, and neither did the media. They said I went down guns blazing, like Rambo — but I never fired a shot because my rifle had jammed.
I still think of her as a hero jammed gun or not just for being there. Unlike so many members of the current administration and the hateful troll Bush supporters that seem to infest every forum she actually put her life at risk. It probably irks the hell out of these little right-wing piss ants that she is so modest as they sit in their basements yelling for mom to bring them more pie.
Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future. – Benjamin Disraeli