You know, I just keep thinking that this administration can't get any more corrupt or idiotic. Silly me.
It's bad enough that we've got Dick Cheney playing games with our governmental system just so that he can continue his self-serving habits (seriously, what is in OUR best interest that he's trying to keep FROM US?). Now we've got good old Dubya commuting Scooter Libby's sentence
. For the love of all that is holy! This really looks like nothing more than another level of benefit from the cronyism that is so rampant in the Bush administration.
Now, I would ask that you please keep in mind that I don't believe for a second that Democrats won't play this game. However, I seriously question the judgment that Bush has (I believe he must have some basic level or he would admit to the things he's done without realizing it) in this decision. Sure overall I think the Republicans as a whole will try to play it down. In fact some are already stating that Libby's sentence was overly harsh for what he did (or didn't do depending on who you believe).
The bottom line in all of this is that actions like this show the average citizen that we don't rank. We don't count. We don't matter. If you have the money (ala Paris Hilton) or the connections like Libby then you DO NOT have to pay the price for your errors. You will be given as much benefit as possible until at some point your transgression can either be erased or all impact from it can be removed.
You know, I've been kind of glad the Democrats took back some power in our government just to "balance" things about (or counter-balance I guess) for a bit. Unfortunately I think Bush's latest bout of egotistical behavior is going to result in another swath of Republicans going down and more Democrats moving in. When you look back historically who do you think has a real sense of "fairness"? The side that impeaches someone for lying about a blowjob and then continually gives awards (Presidential Medal of Freedom anyone?) or favors to screwups. Sure, the Democrats have, and will, do it too but at least they have the recent history of not having enough power to stop the idiocy of the current administration. I'm afraid some folks will soon believe that giving them as much power as possible may be the remedy to the current situation.
The truth as I see it? There is no simple solution. It's complex (I don't know what it is), and our average citizens either don't have the time (fact or believed) or the interest to make it better. And we wonder why the rest of the world sees us as they do. It's not jealousy folks, they're dumbfounded by our behavior as a country.