Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What's With All The Fuss Around 'Berto, Anyway?

Ill: WhiteHouse.org

Aside from the way-outta control spying thing, of course. Let's just address the firing of federal prosecutors across the nation.

What's all the fuss about, anyway, when it's fundamentally an "employment at will" & "serves at the pleasure" situation?

That's the response to this excellent series of opinion articles in the WaPo (title bar) from some misinformed diehards, a view I've also seen expounded in various conservative newsrags & blogs, who seem to be taking up a propaganda talking point when they fault 'Berto only for letting a minor thang getting "blown up" into an unjustifed controversy. Even George admonishes that the Dems are just playing partisan politics.

(And he should know all about partisanship ~ it's a battle cry invented for his benefit, after all. Divide & conquer, eh Georgie?)

So what's the big deal, if they only serve at the executive's pleasure?

None, except when its not. Obstruction of justice may be one problem, the Hatch Act may be another. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

But in layspeak: it's intuitive that the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. must be able to excercise independent, impartial legal judgment & let those beneath him do the same. The law applies to BOTH parties, last I checked, & prosecutions based on whether a person is a Democrat or a Republican is just beyond the pale. And indefensible.

Otherwise, I say: pass the popcorn. It's very entertaining to watch the Bushco ship of state finally go down. Those cognizant of what's been happening to this country, especially where the "rule of law" is concerned, will be wondering, like me, only why its taken so long.



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