I’ve been having a hard time blogging lately because, well, quite honestly, I’m suffering from outrage fatigue. The big story on the Bush administration right now is the highly politicized firing of 8 US Attorneys across the country. It’s clear that Karl Rove (and likely President Bush) was intimately involved in choosing the Prosecutors to be fired and also in choosing who would replace them. It’s also clear, at least to me, why this was done.
Karl Rove took a lot of shit for Republican losses in the ’06 election and he’s doing everything he can to ensure a win in ‘08. While I’m glad that this story seems to have legs and I’m happy to be hearing calls for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, I just can’t get worked up over this scandal, especially when the Bush administration has done so many things over the past six years that have been far, far worse.
I mean, come on. When you’ve watched your country go down the drain, lost your constitutional right to privacy, right to vote, right of habeas corpus and seen your government condone torture, extraordinary rendition and preemptive war, all in violation of international law, and watched the President of the United States repeatedly break the law, lie to Congress and the American people, it’s hard to get worked up over a few lawyers getting the boot.
The only thing different with this scandal is that the Democrats now control Congress and that gives them the opportunity to exercise their oversight authority and conduct investigations and hearings into the whole sordid mess. Well, that and the pack mentality of a corporate news culture that has decided the blush has finally worn off of the Bush rose.
Back to the why. With the newly released emails between the Justice Department and the White House, the “no governance, all politics” culture of the Bush administration is finally being inspected by the media, but I still have little faith that they will actually delve into the purpose of these firings. In this administration, political appointees are just that, hand picked loyalists installed in important public offices for the sole purpose of furthering their political agenda. These US attorneys were not meant to dispense justice in their districts, they were meant to investigate Democrats, warranted or not, and cover up for Republican crimes, and the ones who refused to play ball, were canned and replaced with ones who would. Does anyone really think otherwise? Can anyone ignore the electoral significance of the Prosecutors who found themselves on the Bush administration enemies list?
The outrage I can seem to muster up at this point has to do with the way the Bush administration has changed our country for the worst. Loyalty, a good thing when invested properly, has been turned on its ear. No longer are public officials to be loyal to this country, to its laws or its people. Instead, they are only to be loyal to the Bush administration. When the highest ranking enforcers of federal law are no longer loyal to the people they serve or the laws and the constitution they swore to uphold, and instead act merely as conduits for political retribution, we can no longer consider this a free and democratic country.
But that reality was exposed with the 2000 selection of this President by the Supreme Court, AND with the thwarting of international law in invading Iraq, AND with the fraudulent case for war peddled to the American people, AND with corporate control of our media, AND with a fraudulent election in 2004 that was dutifully ignored by said corporate controlled media, AND with the “detention” of Jose Padilla (an American citizen held for three and a half years as an enemy combatant and denied access to our judicial system), AND the elimination of habeas corpus, AND….AND…AND…
I’ve reached the point where I fear enough will never be enough. We’ve put up with so much and yet show no signs that we’re not going to take it anymore. Impeachment, though warranted, seems to be a non-starter for the Democrats that are still afraid of their own shadow, and the American people seem content to just wait it out and hope that things don’t get much worse. We’ve made our bed and we’re apparently content to lie in it, even though it’s on fire.