Rise & Fall: Left of Center View
"The Constitution gives the president the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. It is my judgment that a commutation of the prison term in Mr. Libby's case is an appropriate exercise of this power." – President George W. Bush
What a shocker! Yeah right! In a move even Stevie Wonder saw coming the president stepped in to excuse Scooter from having to go to prison. Scooter stepped in and took the blame for his boss's actions, so the little boss stepped in and removed the consequences. Sure they played along and let the legitimate process run it's course. But without any member of the current administration running for election any time soon, did you really think they were going to let one of their own actually be held accountable for doing something as minor as breaking the law? They were serving the greater good or whatever the hell it is they think they are serving…
By placing themselves above the law the current administration is in effect calling the rest of us second class citizens. This is why the immigration debate raging in our nation's capitol is so laughable. The people in power exhibit time and time again their disbelief that the laws that govern the rest of us apply to them. The president, vice president and even secretary of state have all chosen to ignore the directives of the two bodies created to keep a balance, the Courts, and Congress. If, as our founding fathers intended, we all share the same rights and privileges, does that then mean that none of us are required to abide by the findings of these governmental bodies?
Congress needs to stop deciding the issues of obtainment and focus instead on re-establishing the rights and privileges to those who are already citizens that are ordained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This is one instance where we need to worry about ourselves before worrying about the plights or even the rights of others. While it is true that granting without exclusion the privilege of citizenship has diluted the prestige, so too has not enforcing the creed upon which the privilege is based; that all citizens are all equal. This is far more important than how to become a citizen because if the only branch of government left with any authority is the executive branch then we have already gone down the path, like the Romans before us, and transformed from republic to empire. If history teaches us anything it is that the rise of empires quickly leads to the onset of tyranny and eventually to a greater fall than the rise that preceded it from which the empire never quite recovers.
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