Thursday, July 05, 2007

Nobody gets it... least nobody who has spoken up about Jorge Bush's commutation of "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence.

First, a memo to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): we all know you hate Bush with a trembling, mouth-foaming, blood vessel-bursting passion, but remember that the Constitution grants presidents unrestricted authority to pardon and/or commute sentences.

Actually, Conyers, like all the others who have risen up in outrage over Jorge's latest "crime," knows that very well. The problem for the left-wing nutjobs is that it wasn't their man in the White House who handed out the free pass.

Let's flash back for a moment to Jan. 20, the very day Bubba Clinton had to turn the reins of power over to Jorge. In his final act, Bubba handed out pardons as if they were matchbooks with the presidential seal printed on 'em.

Among the highlights from the official Department of Justice list:

Henry G. Cisneros -- False statement (misdemeanor), 18 U.S.C. § 1018 Hmm. This former Clinton cabinet member seems to have lied...where have we heard that before?

Right below Cisneros on the alphabetical list, we find Roger Clinton -- 1. Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 846; 2. Distribution of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). Would this be Bubba's very own brother caught handing out nose candy? Why yes, it would....

Then there's Susan H. McDougal -- Mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1341; aiding and abetting in misapplication of Small Business Investment Corporation funds, 18 U.S.C. §§ 657 and 2; aiding and abetting in making false entries, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1006 and 2; aiding and abetting in making false statements, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1014 and 2 who just happened to be working with Bubba and Hillary on a phony land scheme when she committed these minor crimes....

Let's not forget Marc Rich -- Wire fraud, mail fraud, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, criminal forfeiture, income tax evasion, and trading with Iran in violation of trade embargo, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343, 1341, 1962(c), 1962(d), 1963, and 2; 26 U.S.C. § 7201, 50 U.S.C. § 1705, and 31 C.F.R. §§ 535.206(a)(4), 535.208 and 535.701 who fled to Switzerland to avoid jail time, and just happened to be the ex-hubby of one of Bubba's favorite gal-pals and fundraisers. Rich's buddy-roo, Pincus Green, was convicted of the same offenses and got a pardon too....

No need to go on. Neither Conyers nor the bastions of the wacko-left (the New York Times, for example) could be bothered to notice these pardons.

To hear these people today, you'd think Jorge ripped the lethal-injection lines from a mass-murderer's arm just before the juice began to flow....

I'm not posting this little reminder because I think Jorge is good and Bubba is evil. In actual fact, I believe both men are solid favorites to join Jimmuh Carter and Warren G. Harding on the list of America's Worst Presidents. In my mind, both were/are hideous abusers of power who shouldn't have been able to get into the White House on a public tour.

What offends me is the mindless "our guy is always right, their guy is always wrong" mentality that infects both Congress and, sadly, a large percentage of the American public.

Wrong is always wrong.

The writers of the Constitution did not take the moral character or venality of future presidents into account when they delineated presidential powers. Nor did they consider that Congress would turn into a cesspit of non-stop partisanship when they created "checks and balances."

The Constitution was written on the assumption that the vast majority of those who "serve" the nation would be honest, trustworthy and, when necessary, non-partisan. That's a good joke on them. And a bad joke on us.


Laura said...

Wrong is always wrong. We agree on that ;-)

MrScribbler said...

Laura -- That we agree on the basic point is a good start, no?

Birdie said...

is there anyone you LIKE? is there anyone you think is doing a good job and has no skeletons in their closet?

I think it's a bit of difference if someone does a pardon thing as a "good-bye" present then for no reason except it's his friend.

When are the impeach proceedings finally going to start? ;-)

lowandslow said...

Laura made my comment for me. "Wrong is wrong." Why is that so hard to comprehend for some people? And Westy..I haven't voted for a candidate I LIKED in years. Its usually the lesser of the evils that gets my vote.


MrScribbler said...

birdie -- if you mean what politicians I like, I'd say the number is in the high single digits.

I believe our biggest problem is that we don't hold all of them strictly accountable for what they do, regardless of their party affiliations.

John said...

Most people think Libby did something major league and don't even know he isn't the one who outed the agent, etc.
Carter pardoned something 500 during his term.
I'm all for it. The more the merrier if they aren't violent, although some crimes are a bit vile.
I was happy for Bill to pardon his partners in crime.
The democrats in this case know people will believe this tripe. They no more buy their own arguments than I do. It is demagoguery at its finest.

becomingkate said...

I'm just here to say hello.
On days like this, I have a song going through my head by Denis Leary, "I'm an Asshole"
One line is "I walk around in the summer time sayin', "How about this heat?"
Hope you're having a good night Scrib.

Anonymous said...

I think Clinton pardoned something like 120 plus people on just his last day.