George W. Bush: Trying to be the Lion King
The statue of Lady Justice (or the Goddess of Justice if you prefer), sure looks different these days. The blindfold was intended to mean justice was impartial. Now it just seems like she's afraid to look.
Thom Hartmann had some interesting information on Air America this morning. If Congressional subpoenas of Karl Rove or others in the Bush White House are ignored, the next step is to hold Karl and his fellow creeps in contempt of Congress. After that, the matter lands in the lap of the federal prosecutor of Washington, D.C., a man named Jeff Taylor, who was appointed by Gonzales 6 months ago without Senate confirmation.
Oh, and before that he was Gonzales's assistant and going farther back, helped to write the Patriot Act. So the misuse of the Justice Department involves someone who got his job using the provision inserted into the Patriot Act that facilitated the abuse. And he helped write the original Patriot Act. It's perfect. Cue the Elton John music. This is the Washington, D.C. version of the Circle of Life.
Now to be fair, the former prosecutor was not fired - he was promoted making room for Gonzales's buddy, so now the prosecutor who must decide if the case moves forward - assuming it gets to the contempt of Congress stage, is in a terrific position to prove why appointing prosecutors without Senate confirmation is such a dangerous idea.
So sing with me, children! This one goes out to our attorney general and George W. Bush, the little lost cub who became the Lion King!
"From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round
It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life"
Frankly, I'm glad Lady Justice now symbolizes something new. For a while there, the blindfold reminded me too much of one of President Bush's torture victims.