It’s so great to know that while thousands of mostly innocent, non-criminal undocumented workers are being detained and deported in various ways every month in this country, at times leaving their U.S. citizen children abandoned, our esteemed president took some time out of his busy schedule to pardon poor I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
Maybe the media has made a larger issue out of the Libby case than was necessary (that’s probably what my father thinks), but in any case, the man was found guilty of felony perjury and obstruction of justice. He was FOUND GUILTY and sentenced to time in prison. That is how our judicial system works.
“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Mr. Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive.”
… President Bush praised Mr. Fitzgerald as a “highly qualified, professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged.”
But he said: “My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely.”
There are people suffering in this world. They suffer in Iraq, Afghanistan, on the streets of our cities, they suffer in Mexico, the suffer all over the world. But Scooter Libby? No, he is not suffering. He will return to his mansion, where he will have plenty of money to spare for that pesky $250,000 fine, and go about his life as a retired politician who got caught doing what those poor politicians do. Waaa.
I want to say George W. Bush has lost his soul, but it’s not just him. It’s most of our political leadership. It’s the passive acceptance of the manipulation of democracy: replacing the protection of the poor, the safeguarding of the needy and those huddled masses, with the maintenance of one’s buddies, its tennis partners and its largest campaign contributors.