Our Power-Worshipping Culture

by JimLarkinsGhost on March 17, 2009

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Our culture has a clear message for Presidents:  as long as you don’t recieve any oral sex, you can feel free to break the law. You will get away with it.  Hey, Ron – the Boland Amendment doesn’t apply to you.  George – don’t worry about that pesky Fourth Amendment, or FISA, either.  This excerpt from a ridiculous Salon column by Joe Conason (supposedly a voice of the left!) shows how far we have gone:

We have a new administration, immured in a world economic crisis, that recognizes conflicting imperatives of accountability and cooperation. And we have a responsibility to explore how the nation embarked on “a dangerous and disastrous diversion from American values,” as Leahy put it.

Is there a way for President Obama to pursue that responsibility without inflicting vengeance or humiliation? Perhaps he ought to consider the creation of a presidential commission whose aims would be purely investigative — and encourage the participation of those implicated in the abuses of the past by promising a complete pardon to anyone who testifies fully, honestly and publicly.

With that gesture, he would acknowledge the importance of uncovering the facts, no matter how ugly, while magnanimously binding up the nation’s wounds. He could leave the issue of criminal prosecution to international authorities that can act without any partisan taint. And he could seek truth without vengeance.

Bullshit, Joe.  Bullshit.

Since when does a republic enforce its most important laws unless it will cause “humiliation?”  Since when is a symbolic “binding up” of our “wounds” more important than the constitution itself?  Since when does the rule of law not matter any more if we’re busy dealing with economic problems?   And, most importantly – since when does holding someone accountable for committing crimes constitute “vengeance?” 

If we continue to allow high-level elected officials to act without any goddamn consequences at all, then we are assured of having more of these same kinds of “wounds” in the future.  Because abuses of power without consequences will not correct themselves magically. 

That a supposedly liberal intellectual like Conason would write a column like this is a sad indication that Dick Cheney’s nefarious plan has worked nicely.  Cheney wanted to create an executive branch with nearly unchecked power, and one whose actions were legal simply by virtue of the fact that they were Presidential.  Yeah. 

The next time a kid from a poor neighborhood in D.C. steals a car and is prosecuted for it, Joe Conason won’t say that the D.A. is seeking “vengeance,” will he?  But the powerful, it appears, are no longer subject to the rule of law.  I guess even liberals now agree.

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