Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Saturday, October 11, 2008

If the sky wasn't falling, and the racists in the streets...

... we'd be talking about the recent and scathing indictment of the Bush administration by the DOJ - really - and their call for more investigation of unethical and criminal conduct of lawmakers, and of the Bush Administration.

The DOJ actually did its job this time. Investigators from Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility both determined that political pressure did lead to the dismissal of at least three of the nine federal prosecutors fired under Alberto Gonzales' reign of partisan terror.

From the Toledo Blade:

At the time, then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales insisted the individuals were all dismissed for inadequate performance, or failure to implement the President’s law enforcement agenda.

But it appears the longtime pal and adviser to President Bush was lying through his teeth. Turns out the real reason some of the top federal lawyers were removed from the job, according to the Justice Department report, was that either the U.S. attorneys had the audacity to prosecute Republicans or because they failed to aggressively prosecute Democrats.

Either way, their behavior ticked off well-connected GOP politicians who had come to expect a politically loyal Justice Department. A couple of calls from powerful New Mexico Republican officeholders helped push former U.S. attorney David Iglesias out of a job. Evidently, the top New Mexico prosecutor was remiss in his duty to produce criminal charges against Democrats in the run-up to the 2006 election.

Another U.S. attorney in Missouri lost his post over a petty complaint from Republican Sen. Christopher Bond, and still another was bumped to make room for a protégé of White House political adviser Karl Rove. There was a pervading culture of partisanship/loyalty-above-all-else in the department, recalled one of the fired attorneys.

“Not only were my colleagues and I not insulated from politics — as we should have been in our jobs as prosecutors — but we were fired for the most partisan reasons,” Mr. Iglesias said.

A nation of laws and not men. How have we let eight years of continuing scandal, corruption, and broken laws go on unchecked?

Is it any wonder that our economy is collapsing and we have lost literally all respect around the world? If we had truly remembered that we are a nation of laws - and Pelosi hadn't cut some deal with the devil and refused to address the out-of-control Bush Administration - perhaps things would be different today.

We'll never know. I hold the House Democratic leadership accountable for failing to do their job.

There are now official documents from the DOJ confirming that the firing of U.S. attorneys was politically motivated.

The commentator in the Toledo Blade, Marilou Jonanek, seems to feel that Americans are 'scandal-weary' -- but are we really? Perhaps all we need is a little old-fashioned justice trickling down from the top.

I do NOT believe that Americans are willing to 'dismiss yet another administration disgrace;' but it is obvious that House Democrats have no interest in bringing Bush to justice, perhaps for their own partisan political reasons. Of course this makes them no better than collaborators, but they expect to get a win out of this mess, and a big one at that. The good of the nation and the rule of law... secondary to winning. How ironic that their impending 'win' will be marred by chaos, recession (if not full out depression,) war and crippling debt. They may win the presidency and a majority, but at what price to the nation?

New Attorney General Michael Mukasey has appointed a federal prosecutor to investigate whether Bush himself broke the law. Unfortunately there may not be time to finish this late-in-coming investigation before this epic (and seemingly endless) administration comes to an end.

There have been so many lies, broken laws and power grabs during the eight years of Bush rule that the White House and the office of president have been forever tarnished and perhaps forever damaged. Certainly our reputation as a nation and any trust we once had from other nations has been squandered.

Because there were no legal consequences for this historic abuse of power, Pelosi has left the door open for a repeat performance in the future. And God help us when it arrives; it will undoubtedly take a generation to recover from this one.

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