A Sad State of AffairsApril 24, 2009 at 8:45 am | Posted in American politics | 10 Comments
Obama can’t get a truth commission going. Essentially because Boehner told him Republicans will be even more obstructive and destructive.
President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, telling congressional leaders at a White House meeting yesterday that he wants to look forward instead of litigating the past.
In a lengthy exchange with House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Obama appeared to back away from a statement earlier this week that suggested he could support an independent commission to examine possible abuses, according to several attendees who spoke on the condition of anonymity so they could discuss the private meeting freely. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, also seeking to clarify the president’s position, told reporters that “the president determined the concept didn’t seem altogether workable in this case” because of the intense partisan atmosphere built around the issue.
“The last few days might be evidence of why something like this might just become a political back and forth,” Gibbs said.
The sad thing is that if we truly are a nation of laws, that means that those who committed crimes, no matter how high up in government, need to be punished, or we undermine the strength of the rule of law!
Is this really what conservatives want? I mean, I realize conservatives today have lost sense of reality and are really stupid, but do they really want their country to become a lawless dictatorship? I realize they think it is headed that way right now (solely because a Democrat won the last election), but what exactly are they doing to strengthen the rule of law when they act this way?
I wish Obama would take the political risk and stamp down such lawless acts. The ironic thing is that the individuals who have acted beyond the scope of the law are from the same stock of the Nixon administration (the last administration that broke the law, but who was not held accountable). Nixon’s group were not held accountable. They went on to other careers and then back into power in 2001. What do you think they would do when back in power? Abuse it of course! Because they know they can get away with it! THEY WILL NOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE! And their apprentices (people like Scotter Libby, Kyle Sampson) will eventually come to power again and guess what they will do? Abuse their power once again, because once again, they know they can get away with it!
It is time to make the painful act of holding these people accountable and sending them to jail, or if their crime is bad enough, executing them.