Sunday, January 11, 2009
Get Out of Jail Card
The new Congress and the new President are facing some very daunting challenges; challengers that could create even more of an imperative to forget the past and just move on.Oh, my bad. It's never Obama's fault; it's always something or someone else. Obama continues to walk on water and build the world in six days. It's the unholy mess we're in; but please, pretty please, don't be seduced by the presidency, Mr. President-elect and forget the blogger boyzz whose praises won the fight for you.
[T]he lasting damage that's been done to our national psyche, our international standing, our Constitution, our democracy by the lawless Bush administration won't be ameliorated by just forgetting it all happened. As a seductive a thought as that is, it's just too big and too dangerous to try to shove under the rug.Other blogger boyzz like Huffy were even more shameful (as you shall see), framing what Obama clearly stated in Reidspeak language of the 'we-need-a-damn-certificate-' kind as evaluative. It also seems our new sheriff in town can't really legally round up a posse to go after the bad guys until his new deputy arrives and tells him it's okay.
First, Obama needs to decide the value of going after the crooks in relationship to other weighty matters, like what the hell is he supposed to do now that he's president. Secondly, he needs to express the idea that as president, it's not really his job to go after anyone.
Responding to the most popular inquiry on the "Open for Questions" feature of his website, Barack Obama said on Sunday that he is "evaluating" whether or not to investigate potential crimes of the Bush administration, but that he was inclined to "look forward as opposed to looking backwards."
"I think my general view when it comes to my attorney general is that he's the people's lawyer. Eric Holder's been nominated," said Obama. "His job is to uphold the Constitution and look after the interests of the American people, not be swayed by my day-to-day politics. So ultimately, he's going to be making some calls. But my general belief is that when it comes to national security, what we have to focus on is getting things right in the future as opposed to looking at what we got wrong in the past."Whew! Well at least Obama didn't totally slam the door "to investigating Bush." Let's hope Specter is wrong and Holder is up to the task as "the people's lawyer."
]I]f there's any hope for prosecution in Obama's answer, it is that Attorney General Eric Holder will truly be "the people's lawyer" and fully represent us by prosecuting torturers, wiretappers, and other criminals who committed their crimes from secret undisclosed locations hidden within the Bush-Cheney administration.That's right, boys and girls. The whole sordid affair of what transpired during the Bush years will likely never be known; and like the benign spirits in Poltergeist, mark the howler's words, these thugs are deadly and will be back unless someone has the balls to go after them now. Let's see Olby do a special comment on that one.
No matter. The truth should come out and if Dems broke the law, cart them off to jail as well.
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