Justice Is A Quaint Notion
Listening to the right wing apologists on television, whining that Scooter Libby should be pardoned since all he did was lie about his part in a crime that never took place and that no one was ever charged with, has been making me crazy all afternoon. I've been racking my brain trying to recall the underlying crime that Bill Clinton was charged with when he was impeached. But then I remembered, THERE WASN'T ONE!! Unless you consider a blowjob a crime, and hell, even done wrong, most men wouldn’t put the provider in jail. I then also remembered that hypocrisy is the Republican’s stock in trade. All is right with the world for another day.
And what was with the motorcade that reportedly drove by the courthouse just after the verdict was announced? Was it Shooter reminding Scooter why he should continue to keep his mouth shut? I’m not implying anything, I’m just asking.
And one of my first, loyal, and most treasured readers sent me this quote by Rep. Henry Hyde:
It's important. It's critical. It defines our country for most of the countries throughout history, and anything that erodes, that taints, that corrodes, that diminishes the rule of law is something we ought to be mindful of and be very careful about. I don't want that torn down or diminished or turned into a piece of plastic that could be molded. I really believe that notion that no man is above the law. That's naïve of me, I suppose. There are some people who are above the law. But they shouldn't be. They shouldn't be. We should have a government of laws, not of men. And we're going in the other direction. All of the sophistries that I hear, rationales, justifications, everybody does it, it was just about sex, it's perjury - I swear to tell the truth - the whole system of justice depends on that, doesn't it?
Yes it does Mr. Hyde, and I expect that you’ll be making the rounds of the DC party circuit to remind your Republican friends that they should be heralding this jury for a job well done instead of writing checks to the Scooter Libby Defense Fund (which is now, I guess, The Lobbying For A Pardon Of Scooter Libby Fund). I also expect that Republican blog readers will be clamoring to post comments about how justice has now been served. Sadly, they’ll be the only ones since the rest of us are left to question the entire notion of justice given that we still have Bush/Cheney in the White House and Karl Rove is still walking around a free man.
Justice would be Dick Cheney being treated (or neglected and not treated) for his blood clot in the decaying wing of Walter Reed, the 24/7 news coverage of the Bush impeachment and Karl Rove forced to watch it all from his jail cell, snug in his tight-fitting orange jumpsuit, but believe me, I'm not holding my breath for that. Justice, at this point, is whatever Alberto Gonzales decrees, and that certainly won't be justice for anyone I know.