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Justice?

The legal system was already flawed. We were already operating in a legal system that dispensed justice based on the importance of your title, the color of your skin and the cost of your legal representation.
What more could go wrong? The legal system couldn’t get much worse, right?

Wrong. It could and has. The Republicans(PNAC, AEI etc.) are now the new owners of the United States legal system. They have placed political hacks throughout the justice department. Their political lap dogs have all but taken over the Judiciary branch of our government and the Democrats and the American people are doing nothing about it.

"The Bush administration increasingly emphasized partisan political ties over expertise in recent years in selecting the judges who decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, despite laws that preclude such considerations, according to an analysis by The Washington Post."

"Democrats dared Republicans to vote their true feelings about an attorney general who has alienated even the White House’s strongest defenders by bungling the firings of federal prosecutors and claiming not to recall the details."
Republicans did not defend him, but most voted against moving the resolution ahead.

“Repeatedly the attorney general has misled the Congress, misled the American people,” he said. “It is politics to voice opposition to the attorney general and then refuse to back one’s conviction with one’s vote.” Charles Shumer said.

President Bush, traveling in Bulgaria on Monday, dismissed the Senate’s action before it occurred.

“This process has been drug out a long time, which says to me it’s political,” Bush said. “There’s no wrongdoing. … I’ll make the determination if I think he’s effective or not, not those who are using an opportunity to make a political statement on a meaningless resolution.”

The "decider" has spoken.

Firing United States attorneys and selecting judges based on their GOP affiliation and loyalty to the most corrupt and inept administration in U.S. history is playing politics. Defending an important part of our legal system is not.

Why place people in judiciary posts who are unfit for the job?

Why keep an attorney general who has been at best an incompetent embarassment to this administration?

He is their lackey. He is a puppet of the GOP, PNAC and the AEI.
They are stepping all over the Constitution and their goal seems to be absolute power. One party, one mind, one voice politics. In America? These people are stealing our Democracy based on the premise that it is their divine right because they are morally, financially and racially superior to the rest of us.
They have peppered 2/3 of the Federal Goverment with their operatives to accomplish a mission that goes against everything a Democracy stands for.
Stop voting based on distraction issues like abortion and gay marriage. Stop focusing on a candidates delivery and use of sound bites and start researching these people based on what they say and don't say. Who's financing their campaign? Are the attack ads accurate or are their campaigns willing to lie, cheat and like 2000, steal an election? If we do not, we may not have to worry about campaigns, elections and votes.
Let's take back the Judiciary system. let's then take back Congress and in 08, the Whitehouse.
We can not wait. They have made it obvious that they're making a power grab. The American people have two choices grab back or roll over to the select few who think they know what's best for us, which actually happens to be what's best for them.
Wealth disparity is skyrocketing for a reason. Unions are being diminished for a reason. Education cuts and rising College costs are part of their strategy. Vote out all who voted to keep Alberto Gonzales in his cabinet post. Do not vote for anybody who voted for the war in Iraq or the Patriot act.
We must be heard now or we will lose our voice forever.

Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at June 12, 2007 1:03 PM
Comments
Comment #222992

I agree. The Justice dept has failed us by not going after the “leakers” that “outed”, to the NYT, the secret gov’t programs against the terrorists. Also, the fact that they are not enforcing the laws, already on the books, to the illegal aliens breaking our laws. It’s just bullcrap!

Posted by: rahdigly at June 12, 2007 3:52 PM
Comment #222994

Andre…

“Vote out all who voted to keep Alberto Gonzales in his cabinet post. Do not vote for anybody who voted for the war in Iraq or the Patriot act.”

I guess that means there’s only one person we can vote for in the current crop…Dennis Kucinich. Or Fred Thompson if he decides to run.

Posted by: Jim T at June 12, 2007 4:21 PM
Comment #222997

“Why keep an attorney general who has been at best an incompetent embarassment to this administration?”

For the same reason we kept an attorney general who was responsible for the deaths of 70 some of our fellow Americans, 17 of them children and who refused to do anything when the “other side” of the isle brought things to her attention.
Politics, plain and simple.

Posted by: kctim at June 12, 2007 4:32 PM
Comment #223024

Andre, the Justice Department is not one of the three branches of government as you seem to be saying. The Judiciary branch and the Justice Department are completely different things, the Justice Department being one part of the executive branch. Filling departments of the executive branch with political appointees is not taking over “2/3” of the federal government as you say. It’s how things work.

Do you suppose that RFK “just happened” to be the best Attorney General that JFK could find based on an objective review of his qualifications, or do you think there was some other connection there? What might that have been? I’ll give you one guess.

I don’t like Gonzales, and I didn’t like Janet Reno either. But it’s pretty silly to get worked up at the idea of the president appointing those with “partisan ties” to positions in his own administration.

If, say, Barack Obama is elected president, are you going to start hyperventilating if he appoints people to his administration who actually agree with him on political matters? Would the sources you cite like the Washington Post and Chuck Schumer attack him for it? Somehow I doubt it. There’s a serious double-standard working here.

The obvious fact about Gonzales is that he’s not only a Bush crony, but he’s a token Hispanic. I think it’s ridiculous, but how appointing an Hispanic offficial to high office confirms that Bush thinks he and his party are, in your words, “racially superior to the rest of us” is a total mystery.

In fact, the Bush administration has been the most racially diverse in history. While Clinton was praised to the skies for appointing minorities to minor cabinet posts like transportion or agriculture, you didn’t see him appointing as Bush did not one but two African-American Secretaries of State, or for that matter an Hispanic Attorney General.

Or is it that you hold the racist belief that Gonzales is not really a minority because he doesn’t share your own liberal views? That is true racism, and I don’t see how else to explain your accusation that “racism” factors into this in any way.

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at June 12, 2007 9:53 PM
Comment #223030

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For all those people here an where ever else

in this Country that point the finger at others

an continually defend the Liars an cheats like

Libby are no better than those with out any moral Character Shame on all those who defend those
crooks!

Posted by: -DAVID- at June 12, 2007 11:01 PM
Comment #223033

David, was that a poem? I read it like five times and still don’t know what it says.

I do like the ironic touch in condemning those who “point the finger at others” before going on to call others “liars,” “cheats,” and “crooks” “without moral character.” That was pretty rich.

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at June 12, 2007 11:15 PM
Comment #223052

Loyal Opposition-

You might try reading your post five times and

to find out if you may belong in one of my five

categories?

Posted by: -DAVID- at June 13, 2007 3:14 AM
Comment #223054

-1-Do you point your finger at someone else while
trying to defend yourself?
-2-Do you defend liars
-3-do you think cheating is OK
-4-Do you defend crooks
-5-Do you have moral character

Posted by: -DAVID- at June 13, 2007 3:30 AM
Comment #223068

Loyal opposition,

“They have placed political hacks throughout the justice department. Their political lap dogs have all but taken over the Judiciary branch of our government”

Notice that the justice dept. and the Judiciary branch are mentioned as two seperate entities.

Read the post before you comment.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at June 13, 2007 9:35 AM
Comment #223079

You have a bought and paid for Government. Now that’s it’s been paid for, the paymasters surely can reasonably expect the quiet enjoyment of the returns on their investment? Democracy is dead in the US. What is left is simply a hollow husk. Long live Caesar!

Posted by: Paul in Euroland at June 13, 2007 11:41 AM
Comment #223107
They have placed political hacks throughout the justice department. Their political lap dogs have all but taken over the Judiciary branch of our government.

Andre, if you weren’t confused about the difference between the justice department and the judiciary branch there, then what you’ve written is a giant non sequitor. Your post is about Gonazeles and the attorney firings (dept of justice) and you provide no discussion, much less evidence, that the judiciary itself has been interfered with in any way and that “2/3 of the federal government” has been taken over by Bush.
You’re either confusing the issue or making unsupported accusations—take your pick.

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at June 13, 2007 4:07 PM
Comment #223110

Perhaps he is calling Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts “political hacks”?

Although I disagree with the President’s choices it is entirely within his Constitutional power to appoint conservative zealots to the Supreme Court.

Posted by: Warren P at June 13, 2007 4:27 PM
Comment #223113

Warren, if that’s we saying he could have said it. But whatever you think of Alito and Roberts, they’re certainly not Bush cronies, don’t have records of being “political hacks,” and are certainly not unqualified by any definition of the word.

Bush actually tried to put one of his unqualified cronies (Miers) onto the court and it went over like a lead balloon. He apparently considered Gonzales too, but now, thankfully, we’ll be spared that at least if there’s another opening during the remainder of his term.

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at June 13, 2007 4:48 PM
Comment #223127

andre

it’s the presidents right to hire or fire anyone he chooses in the justice dept. there’s nothing unconstitutional, or illegal about it. i doubt it’s the first time, or last time it’ll happen. whether you like gonzales or not, he doesn’t hold a candle to the incompetance of janet reno, and while we’re talking about idealogs in the supreme court let’s take a look at justice ginsburg. every president wants to put judges on courts that are in line with his philosophies, your just mad because there’s a republican in the white house who’s is appointing originalist, and strict construtionists, as opposed to those who believe the const. is a living document, and can be interpreted in what ever way best suits thier political agenda. this peice seems like more of a tantrum than anything else.

Posted by: dbs at June 13, 2007 6:39 PM
Comment #223251

Andre and other more capable political bloggers than I, I have a request for you.
This is by no means a disagreement or an accusation of any kind, nor am I saying this hasn’t been done before with gusto… but I have been wondering this since I first read this article. You say that this administration has been the most corrupt and inept in US history. Like I say… I certainly do not disagree but I would like to know how well you can back that up?

If you are game to do so please help me out and meet some criteria for me… I need at least 4 good reliable and nonpartisan sources… and comparisons to at least 3 other corrupt presidents. I’d even like a nice comparison to some non US politicians… Its just something I’d like to peruse.. .

Posted by: Squire at June 15, 2007 2:54 PM
Comment #223253

Squire,

American casualties(War, murder rate, disaster)

World standing. Foreign policy results.

Domestic standing. Popularity, enected policies and impact of policies.

U.S. financial fitness. Stocks, wealth disparity, wages vs. cost of living. Debt vs. GDP, wealthy tax rates and relief vs. poor contributions and relief. Manufacturing growth vs. exported jobs.

Trade deficit.

Number of arrested, disgraced cabinet members.

MIC waste.

Education statistics.

Number of documents declared classified.

Number of policies that come in conflict with Constitution and or American “way of life” (freedom, liberty, justice)

Did this president openly defend torture?

Here are a few criteria we could try. Just some suggestions.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at June 15, 2007 3:46 PM
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