Republicans and the Law

Ok, after a long hiatus on this site my liberal rantiness has returned. All it took was a return to the 1980’s and the Republican definition of “Law and Order”.

I found this statement from Robert Novak intriguing.

Just when it seemed George W. Bush’s sinking prestige with his Republican base had bottomed out, his stock hit new lows. The president’s seeming indifference to the sentencing of Scooter Libby was bad enough. But it coincided with Bush’s apparent determination to retain his friend Alberto Gonzales as attorney general against congressional pressure to depose him.

Source: Robert D. Novak – Standing by the Wrong Guy –

Add in this quote from William Kristol

So much for loyalty, or decency, or courage. For President Bush, loyalty is apparently a one-way street; decency is something he’s for as long as he doesn’t have to take any risks in its behalf; and courage–well, that’s nowhere to be seen. Many of us used to respect President Bush. Can one respect him still?

William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard.

Source: Who, Me?

What amazes me about this entire bruhaha is the way the “Law and Order” party forgives the lawbreakers who are pushing the Republican Agenda. It reminds me of Iran-Contra in the way the party protects and fawns over the sacrificial lambs of the ruling tier of Republicans. I watched Ollie North wander the halls of power at the 1992 Republican National Convention. He was escorted through the different venues to be fawned over, congratulated, and have his back slapped by the some of the biggest donors at that time. He is still a source of information and a confidant of Robert Novak to this day.

As for Kristol rant, does he really believe George Bush is loyal to the lackeys that work for him. In the Bush world view loyalty only flows up. If you need to ask Bush who he is loyal to, follow the money. Who pulled his fat out of the fire when his companies kept going under? It sure wasn’t Scooter. But if you wander about his loyalty to Gonzales…Who knows where the figurative bodies are buried if not Alberto. As for Kristol’s questioning of the other two virtues, has there really ever been any evidence of either?

Yes the “Law and Order” Party is looking for a new lead actor. What better candidate to replace Bush than the actor who’s been playing on “Law and Order”? Just another franchise for the brand, right? But then that’s the problem the Republicans have faced since the 60’s. All of their Presidents have been acting…That they believe in rule of law is questionable. That they believe in the ruler of the law is more likely.

I find this whole spin from the conservatives that Scooter did not break the law so tiring. Since when was it only against the law to lie under oath if you are a Democrat? I guess it depends on the meaning of the word oath, doesn’t it? So now it is in who’s best interest that White House staffers be disposed without an oath, without a record, and behind closed doors? Would I get that kind of treatment from the White House? Hell, given their druthers, probably so. Which is one of the reasons the Justice Department scandals scare the hell out of thinking Americans.

Since this administration has proven it will disregard the Constitution at any time it wants, we would be crazy to think they wont do it again. Personally, I’m not that crazy…