'Gonzo' Justice: Attorney General of Cronyism
[col. writ. 8/28/07]
(c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal
The fall of Attorney General, Alberto "Fredo" Gonzales, is but the latest evidence of rats fleeing a sinking ship.
Gonzales, George W. Bush's consigliere , was a man more loyal to his patron than to his country or the U.S. Constitution.
Years ago, before coming to Washington, Gonzales served his patron by adding the illusion of inclusion by performing as a Texas Supreme Court judge, his general counsel, and the Texas Secretary of State. In gratitude, or perhaps misplaced loyalty, Gonzales did his boss's will, first and foremost.
While loyalty is admirable, the question is, loyalty to what?
In performing his duties, he betrayed his oaths (both state and federal) to protect and defend the Constitution, from all enemies -- foreign and domestic.
For there is no greater foe of the Constitution in the United States, than George W. Bush.
His terms as president have been marked by an unprecedented hostility to the legislative and judicial branches. It has only been exceeded by his contempt for the American people.
Moreover, his damage will be long-lasting. It matters little who is elected in November 2008, for they will inherit the powers and prerogatives of a prince.
Secret prisons, secret wiretaps; a dictatorship of one uber alles (German: "over all").
Gonzales was an Attorney General for Torture, not the "equal justice under law" claimed by the Dept. of Justice.
As Bush's counsel, he advised him that the Geneva Conventions against torture were "quaint", and no longer relevant. It took the nation's highest court to prove him wrong.
Can you imagine his performance on the Texas Supreme Court? In one of America's premier killing states, it is hard to imagine how judges such as he read briefs and pleadings from criminal appellants.
Perhaps they reasoned that ideas such as "due process" were also "quaint."
What Americans experienced during the Bush Regime has only been an echo of what people in Texas experienced under Bush as Governor.
While Gonzales, as an Hispanic appointee, allowed Bush to play "compassionate conservative", and a "uniter, not a divider", the record of cold, political decision-making, and more importantly, naked cronyism is quite abundant.
Gonzales was a crony, who brought Texas-style 'good ole boy' - ism with him, to the White House, and to the Dept. of Justice.
Above his titles of prosecutor, or judge, was his duty to his boss -- Bush.
And America is the poorer for it.
--(c) '07 maj
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Hans Bennett is a multi-media journalist mostly focusing on the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners. An archive of his work is available at insubordination.blogspot.com and he is also co-founder of "Journalists for Mumia," (more...