Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Imperial Power

"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."

How does this man sleep at night? who is he, really? Is it a case of megalomania? or such a small sense of self that Cheney runs his life? or is he one of these people who never developed a sense of morals? what governs his reality, his worldview? Now he's given us just one more reason to be frightened. And outraged. One more reason to hold our collective breath until he finally leaves office in January 2009. He flagrantly disregards for the rule of law. Holds prisoners, apparently forever, without charging them. Tortures them. Invades other countries at will. Spies on whomever he wants to spy on. Politicizes the "justice" department. Fights terrorism by creating more hatred and terrorists the world over. Arrogantly lectures and bullies the world, and when that doesn't work, whines about it. What a leader.

Barak Obama:
"This decision to commute the sentence of a man who compromised our national security cements the legacy of an Administration characterized by a politics of cynicism and division, one that has consistently placed itself and its ideology above the law. This is exactly the kind of politics we must change so we can begin restoring the American people’s faith in a government that puts the country’s progress ahead of the bitter partisanship of recent years."

John Edwards:
"Only a president clinically incapable of understanding that mistakes have consequences could take the action he did today. President Bush has just sent exactly the wrong signal to the country and the world. In George Bush's America, it is apparently okay to misuse intelligence for political gain, mislead prosecutors and lie to the FBI. George Bush and his cronies think they are above the law and the rest of us live with the consequences. The cause of equal justice in America took a serious blow today."


Linda said...

Many of your remarks were made in one form or fashion at dinner last night. It's unbelievable the extent to which that man will go. I'm sick and tired of it.

Jan said...

Thank you for posting, Katherine. I am still in unbelief. And three more years.

Anonymous said...

"L'etat ce moi" -- Louis XIV.

"...when the president does it that means that it is not illegal" -- Richard Nixon.

"I'm the commander — see, I don't need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." -- George Walker Bush


Diane said...

Me too. practically speechless.

Serena said...

The man is VERY SCARY! The fact that he can get by with it is even scarier. How can this be?