Friday, June 11, 2004

I watched a few excerpts of Ashcroft's testimony (and I use that word very, very loosely) before Congress, and it left a strong impression. First of all, I never thought much of Joe Biden before now, but he gave intelligent voice to the same righteous anger I feel in response to this administration's arrogant disregard for human decency and the rule of law.

That phrase, "arrogant disregard for human decency and the rule of law", sounds as familiar to my ear as the repetive call of the whippoorwill, or the shrill chirp of the crickets in my backyard, but in this case it's the call of the Lesser American Leftie, a species that likes to think its endangered but that actually flourishes in many isolated ecospheres across the country. And like bad money driving out good, their constant, chirping moral outrage has so diluted our discourse that the national ear tunes out the words.

How then are we to express ourselves when our president and his staff refuse to answer our questions about their policies, and we find out only through the actions of conscientious individuals that they have crafted legally torturous justifications for setting aside both international and United States law, purely on the say-so of one man?

I used to worry that we would need to put Bush and his crew on trial for war crimes, so that the international community could see us search for the truth, and see that we are a nation of laws, and that even Presidents could be held accountable for breaking them.

Now I want to see Ashcroft in prison for contempt of Congress until he understands that he works for us, and that our system of checks and balances was written into the Constitution for precisely these sorts of situations, and I still want to see Bush, et al. up on charges, not because of the international community, but for the simple reason that they broke the law, destroyed lives and did possibly irreparable harm to the nation they swore to protect.

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