Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Land of the Free

A recent news article (click here for article) describes how one Lewis Libby, a former White House aide, has been let off his prison sentence for lying and obstruction of justice in a CIA investigative. Apparently although after trial the court had decided that he deserved 2 years in jail, good ol' President Bush has stepped in and commuted the spell in prison because he says it's "too harsh".
So here's the way it goes.... You're head of the state and so "the buck stops here", but it never does because you've always got a fall guy in the ranks below you. And then when the fall guy takes the heat, you step in and bypass the legal system to get them off their sentence!?
Call me old fashioned, but just as leaders of state should not be above the law (even though it seems they are), I don't think they should be able to nominate friends and cronies to be above the law either.


Old Growler said...

Couldn't agree more. It's the usual
thing though isn't. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" and "It's not what you know it's who you know"
or you could use a new mixed metaphor,

"It's not what you know, its absolute power that counts" !!

CaroleB said...

iiyodAnd achieving absolute power is dependant on the selection of who to buy and who to emasculate.

Having spent the last year studying the development(?) of nation-states and political ideologies from Ancient Greece to Modern Europe, nothing changes. Corruption rules.

It's left me cynical but also with a resigned sadness.

And on a similar topic is anyone going to read the Campbell diaries? Unfortunately they also seem to fail to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Wouldn't it have been something if he had spilt the whole beans on Bliar (typo intended)!