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Dem Congress Must Insist Gonzo's Replacement Must Promise to Open the Books

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The only clean way to move forward, with integrity, is for Bush to appoint an independent, honest, person well respected by Americans of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Then, that person must promise the congress that he or she will open the books and properly investigate the machinations of the Judiciary-- specifically, the actions, decisions, discussions and orders of Gonzales and his subordinates-- and that these will be followed wherever the investigations take them, including the whitehouse, the RCN e-mails, Cheney, Rove, the senators who engaged in interference, like Domenici...

If Bush fails to do that, the congress should reject that nominee.

Joe Scarborough says, "I hope the president will ...appoint someone based on... integrity, character and competence more than loyalty," someone like Casey, who replaced Rumsfeld.

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Casey has a long history of also being a partisan team player. I dont' think the successful appointee should have any partisan taint. We need someone who will be trusted by both parties to do an honest job. That's a hard order to fill, but falling short will be bad for America and could drop the public's support for congress down to the single digits. This is a challenge for the Democratic leadership. They must play tougher than ever with Bush. They should be treating Gonzales' resignation as further evidence of guilt. He refused to face the light and heat of further investigations, avoided being judged on the facts.

That should not mean that the hearings will be stopped. They should definitely continue, even intensify, with one less person intentionally blocking the investigations.

Let's be clear about one thing. The media have already begun showing they are their true colors, suggesting that "the democrats may have lost one of their best targets," as though Gonzales was THE problem. Gonzales was and continues to be a sympton, like a bolus of snot in a runny nose. Blow it. Get it into a tissue, into a trashcan, and the affliction is still there. The real problem is higher up in the system. yet, as I write this, CNN is allowing Senator John Cronyn <R-TX) speak for several minutes, unchallenged, apologizing for Gonzales, blaming the problem of Gonzales on Democrats, suggesting that this was all political. Pathetic!! More pathetic that CNN allows his statement without citing all the lies Gonzales was caught in, his perpetual memory lapses, the resignations...

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Michael Chertoff, head of Homeland Security, has been cited as a likely replacement. He may seem to be a strong candidate, but he has already proven himself to be a failure and major Bush Administration apologist in dealing with Katrina. And we've reported before about <a href="click here unpleasant ties with terrorists.</a>

America needs a nominee who is clearly, definitely an honest, independent trusted, non-partisan, wise, highly qualified stalwart of justice.

If Bush fails to propose anyone with less than these credentials, he will be again betraying America. But it is up to the congress to set these standards. The leaders of congress-- Nancy Pelosi, Stenny Hoyer, John COnyers, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Arlen Specter-- should make it clear the criteria they will be using to evaluate Bush's nominee. They should do it today. I'm not saying they should suggest any names. That would be a mistake. THey SHOULD make a statement what kind of person they are looking for.

Bush is plummetting down, historywise, as the worst president in history. He has an opportunity here to at least slow the descent and maybe even turn it around. There are risks. Any decent, non-partisan, highly qualified appointee will have a responsibility to investigate the corruption in the justice department that congressional investigations have already uncovered.  The Dems must raise the bar VERY high and absolutely refuse to settle for anyone who does not meet these criteria.

This should and will play out quickly. By the end of today, we'll see if the Democratic leaders in congress will get off their vacation berths and make the statements they need to make, sending Bush the message immediately, that he will not get away with any appointment less than someone trusted by all Americans, who will begin to heal the gaping wounds in the judiciary his appointee Gonzales, and his own manipulations, through Rove, Cheney, etcetera have inflicted upon America.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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