Thursday, March 29, 2007

Just Do It

By this time, the "scandal" over the Bush Administration's firing of several United States Attorneys, with the goal of replacing them with people more in line with the Administration's mode of political thinking as been in just about every news outlet one cares to name.

The have a saying in Washington, D.C., that goes something like this: "It's not the crime, it's the cover up."

For all the the Bush Administration is said to be constantly pushing the envelope of Executive Branch power, and that of the President in particular, they sure seemed reluctant to exercise that power openly. United States District Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. If the President's pleasure requires one to be a partisan hack, then so be it. Lay out your ground rules, and let people decide whether or not they want to play the game. The Administration's constant attempts to make this look like something it's not is what's gotten them into trouble, and may even spell the end of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' career. If power is meant to be used, then it is meant to be used openly, and freely. In a republic like the United States, the idea is that if the public doesn't like the way you're using your power, they take it away from you. That's why there are no offices that are elected for life.

If the current Administration is afraid to let everyone play, they need to find a new game.

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