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disgusting and unamerican

Of all the objectionable things the Bush Adminstration has done (and there are many), one of the things that disturbs me most is their attempt to politicize our judicial system. A new, internal report, out today, confirms what has been obvious for quite some time: that the Justice Department under the Bush administration has been using political factors in its hiring decisions. That's not only reprehensible; it's also illegal.

Our system of justice is based on the rule of law, not politics. Everyone, from the poorest to the richest, is supposed to be subject to the same laws. You should know that whether your judge is a Republican or a Democrat, you're going to get a fair trial, and you should know that U.S. attorneys will only be filing cases when the law is broken. When we allow politics into the process, it inevitably corrupts the rule of law. It's unacceptable, and, more importantly, un-American.

For more on the politicization of the Justice Department under Bush and his appointees, check out the interview at the end of this episode of the Daily Show with one of the nine U.S. attorneys who was fired for his refusal to file politically-motivated charges against the administration's political enemies. The report on his situation still isn't finished; I wonder if we'll ever know what really happened there.


Blogger David McCullars said...

What I find equally reprehensible is that we as the ultimate power in our government, we the people, have not mandated our representatives in Congress to have the Bush Administration held responsible for this illegal activity (or any of the many others they have committed). If ever there was a need for impeachment this is it. And yet we are perfectly content to let the clock run out and give the green light to any future presidential administrations to do the same thing.

We can gripe about our leaders all we want, but until we face the reality that we are just as responsible as they are, nothing will ever change.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 1:12:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

I don't know about impeachment, and I'm hesitant to just throw it around because it's so damaging to the country and the institution of the presidency, but there should at the very least be investigations on Ashcroft and Gonzales. Unbelievable.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:05:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

Agreed. But it really feels like an extension of this idea that those at the top are untouchable that has come out of business practices in the last 20 years as wave upon wave of deregulation has set people free to maximize their own profit without any thought of the effect it might have on anyone else. It's not just that they didn't care what happened to others, but that they were arrogant enough to believe that they wouldn't be caught. It's disgusting. I agree that we shouldn't do anything to further weaken the institution of the presidency, but we do need to work to regain the sense that there is integrity at the highest levels. I agree with David that we have to take back our responsibility and oversee what our elected officials are doing in our name.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:56:00 PM

Blogger David McCullars said...

TiA, there's a debate and/or paper topic for one of your American government classes (if you haven't done it already): does impeachment damage/weaken the institution of the presidency or strengthen it? If so, were the founding father's naive/foolish to put it in? Or was their vision of impeachment not realized by our current system? That'd be a debate I'd love to come see -- both sides would have excellent arguments available to them! ;-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:01:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

That would be a great assignment, if my students were more than three weeks out of high school and capable of doing independent, analytical thought. :) Maybe when I finally get to teach at the upper division level!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:47:00 PM


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