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July 04, 2007

Darcy Links 4th of July to Scooter's Commutation

Darcy Burner released this statement yesterday about the confluence of Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby on his obstruction of justice charge with what the 4th of July represents to this country:

Tomorrow we celebrate the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, adopted on this day July 4, 1776.

Yesterday afternoon, President Bush commuted the sentence of Vice President Cheney's former Chief of Staff and good friend, Scooter Libby.

Libby has been tried and convicted of the crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice. He had been the firewall that prevented Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald from learning whether or not the crime of leaking a covert agent's identity for political purposes went as high as the Vice President or even the President.

So, are all men created equal or not? Or are President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and their friends and protectors above the law? President Bush seems to think so. This commutation of Libby's sentence, this get-out-of-jail-free card, undermines the rule of law, the foundation upon which this country was created.

And is our 8th District Congressman, Dave Reichert, going to stand up for justice? Or does he think it's just fine that President Bush subverted the rule of law when he commuted Scooter Libby's sentence yesterday?

When Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence it included a litany of grievances against King George, most related to refusing to abide by the rule of law.

When the President of the United States subverts the laws of this country and the results of our court system, he skates dangerously close to the behavior that caused our founding fathers to rebel against the King George of their time. As the Declaration of Independence says, "A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

Posted by Lynn Allen on July 4, 2007 at 09:14 AM in Candidate Races, National and International Politics | Permalink

Comments

God damn right.

Posted by: Bustednuckles | Jul 4, 2007 10:25:33 PM

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