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I seldom enter the fray of the political rhetoric scene and make public comments on my blog but today I can’t help myself.  Libby’s sentence was commuted by President Bush because Bush thought Libby’s prison term was too excessive.  Excuse me Mr. President, but Libby was convicted of perjury and the obstruction of justice!  The USA Today (July 3, 2007) says that “Bush’s action was at odds with his own practices as president and Justice Department guidelines.”  That great philosopher and velvety voiced singer, Marvin Gaye’s qustion is appropo here: “What’s going on?”  Maybe President Nixon can help us.  Remember Nixon?  He was the only US president impeached; Clinton came close.  Nixon said to David Frost during an interview (6 years after the Watergate scandal), “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” (See The New York Times, The Break-In That History Forgotby Egil Krough, June 30, 2007).  Now let’s connect the dots.  Does this mean that the president has such authority to not follow written Justice Department guidelines?  Houston, I think we have a problem!  Frequent occurences of this sort just feed my cynicism and distrust of the ‘judicial system’ especially when ‘others’ in our society are given excessive sentences as a matter of normalcy and a very few cry foul.

One Comment

  1. Just one more thing.
    And it feeds my cynicism, too.

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