Well, Pardon me….

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The whole bru-ha-ha regarding Scooter’s commutation has a rank odor and let me tell you why.

All Presidents abuse the commutation and pardoning privilege..every last stinking one of them. They use that huge authority to take care of a large party contributor, or an old personal friend or a political crony. Its not news when this happens unless it happens like Scooters did.

Historically, pardons occur at the end of a term. That way it can’t be political fodder to be used against the offending President. Makes sense right? Bush is technically toast at this point in his ‘storied’ career as President of these United States, plus he plain doesn’t give a rat’s ass what anyone outside his little sphere think of him or what he does.

Federal officials have also stated that the Libby commutation marked the only time that the president has sidestepped the normal Justice Department review process on pardons and commutations. Another telling thing for me is that Georgie, through his minion Tony Snowjob, stretched the truth quite a bit when Tony said this: “But on the other hand, the president did consult with most senior officials, and I’m sure that everybody had an opportunity to share their views.”-King George did NOT consult the Justice Department’s Office of Pardon Attorney my dear reader..so in other words..he failed to follow protocol among other transgressions and freaking lied about it.

The rightwingers have been hot and heavy on this topic since the day it went down. One thing that pisses me off is that they use the Clinton pardons as a basis for their rationale for supporting Georgie’s pardon of Scooter the lying bag of sheepshit. Sorry, that was an editorial comment on Scooters character..but I digress. They are pointing out the pardon of Marc Rich and his wife as evidence that Billy did the same damn thing.. but there are differences they fail to note such as:

Marc Rich’s actions weren’t a security breach. Outing Plame and then lying about it represented a breach in National Security no matter how you slice or dice it. All our covert or secret CIA folks probably shook in their very expensive shoes when Plame was outed, as well they should have. It was also a political move and that’s wrong on many levels. Trying to silence your critics is one thing..screwing with the lives of people and the security of your most secret department in the federal government is entirely another.

Bush has showed nothing but contempt for the principles of justice in our country since he took office. The list is long and I will not bore you with a rehash of them all..you, as an intelligent individual, are well aware of them my dear reader. Most conservatives use a basic standard approach to law and order. We aren’t talking neocons here people. The true conservative loves tougher sentences, mandatory-minimums, and harsh punishment for those found to have broken U.S. law. They applaud justice no matter whose tit gets caught in the wringer if a law is broken, no matter how basic or victimless the crime is..like illegal aliens for an example.

So the real conservatives heart the hell out of the commutation, because Scooter is still a friggin felon, still has to pay his fines and still being punished. I call bullshit on that right here and now. Bush still has left the Pardon aspect on the table..which he will probably do at the end of his term. I want to hear all those conservatives squeal when THAT happens. Also, it should be noted that Scooter won’t be paying those fines..his well-connected “Free Scooter Libby” friends, of which Fred Thompson is the leader of the pack, that have contributed to his defense fund will have that honor.

Since when is King George and his cronies the last word on of the rule of law and grasping it’s meaning? These guys will twist and spin everything until your head is spinning and your dizzy from trying to follow their logic. Georgie had the nads to say he thought long and hard about it, and that it was unjust. Oh fuck you nimrod..you waited until an hour after the appeals court unanimously decreed Scooter should see the inside of a jail cell to pull this rabbit out of your ten-gallon hat.

It’s going to be chewed on for weeks to come possibly. BushCo tired to bury it on a holiday week but this is a biggie and I don’t care if you announced it during a black-out of the entire East Coast..people are noticing the stench to it.

The totals for all modern Presidents and their nasty, smelly, little pardons is as follows:

By comparison, his father, former President George H.W. Bush, granted 74 in four years; former President Bill Clinton granted 396 in eight years; former President Ronald Reagan did 393 in eight; former President Jimmy Carter did 534 in four. And former President Richard Nixon, who got one of Mr. Ford’s 382 pardons, granted 863.

So, as far as I am concerned..in the flame wars of who pardoned who and who is the smarmiest President in all the land of pardons..Jimmy Carter leads the Dems and Nixon leads them ALL!

So Nixon wins hands down in this contest..it IS a contest right?

Cross-posted at The Blue Republic

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I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on July 4, 2007, in Bush, federal fuckwits at the helm, Presidential Pardons, Scooter Libby. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The King said that any jail time was too harsh for Libby. Therefore, does it not stand to reason that any jail time for ANYONE who lies to investigators and courts is excessive? Seems to me he is just setting things up so you can lie your ass off to anyone you want, and just face a fine that your legal defense fund will pay for you anyway. In other words, if you can afford the $250,000 fine it is OK to lie about anything. Politicians will all love this new rule. This is the legacy Bush is after. It is now perfectly OK for the rich to lie about anything to anyone.

  2. Bush I pardoned those connected with Iran-Contra.Bush II commuted the sentence of someone connected to the “fixed intelligence” that he used to get us into the war in Iraq.None of these pardons were due to injustices, they were paybacks for not rolling over on the people higher up.This is why we can’t have criminals like the Bushes in office because they will use the system to exonerate their criminal activity.

  3. Lazy, the King needs to be de-throned. Plain and simple. Then stew in his own self-created mess of a judicial system.Lew, Amen Brotha!

  4. He said that Scooter’s family had suffered enough. Using that logic, is he going to bring home the troops that have families struggling to get by and constantly worried about their loved one being in harm’s way?

  5. Another excellent post Dusty!I was responding to Olbermann’s commentary night before last (on this latest absurdity [one of an un-countable many]) about this at another blog:Watching that was time well spent. That guy always gets me fired up. Its not that he’s saying something we don’t already know. Its that <>he’s saying something<>.I didn’t vote for <>bUSH<> and he’s <>NOT<> my president.For that matter, this country <>DID NOT ELECT HIM<>.He and cheney are nothing more than <>BLATANT<> criminals who should be investigated <>FOR REAL<> by our legislative branch and tried <>and<> <>JAILED<> by our judicial branch. There is no question that they planned to break the law, that they are breaking the law and that they will continue to break the law as long as they are in power.

  6. I get urked of the incessant Clinton connection too. It is different, and even if it wasn’t it wouldn’t make it OK to do again.I’m in favor of doing away with that little perk of the job. It’s too easy to abuse (which nearly all the Presidents have done, just some more than others) and it smacks of an imperial writ.It’s way more trouble than it’s worth for exactly the reasons we see today.

  7. This from WaPo about Scooter’s defense fund:Through personal contributions, fundraising efforts and direct mail, the 29 men and two women of Libby’s legal defense trust have raised close to $5 million, according to Sembler and Carlson. They plan to continue raising money; both believe Libby’s legal fees amount to more than the money in hand. And if he continues to appeal his conviction, the bill will rise.Bastards!

  8. I guess he paid the quarter mil today- out of his own pocket. That kind of money is peanuts to this crime syndicate.

  9. Your right Chuck..especially when donations from your friends of 5 mil will pay your legal bills.

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