Now that President George W. (for “Worst in history”) Bush’s former Special Assistant, and the Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney—I. Lewis Libby—has been sentenced to jail time for lying during the investigation of the administration’s smear campaign of a critic of Bush’s immoral war of aggression in Iraq, the President must now be hearing the footsteps of the Ghost of Justice and Constitutional rule-of-law, coming up fast behind him.
Beginning with his “selection” by a one-vote margin on the Supreme Court, and not an “election” by the American electorate (which gave more votes to his opponent in 2000), the President has used his awesome powers to systematically murder the rule of law and all semblances of American Justice, in ways we know, and in many ways I’m sure, we don’t know.
The irony of it. One of hisÂ father’s appointees, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, has put the “Scooter” on ice, for 30 months, with a $250,000 fine. Walton might even remand Libby to the slammer immediately, even while he appeals his sentence and conviction.
But the footsteps are real, because Justice is coming for Dubya, sooner or later. One way or the other.
The Neo-Con solution is for Bush to pardon Libby, so he does not have to do any jail time. So he does not lose his franchise.
More irony. That’s howÂ Bush-Cheney stole the elections in 2000 and 2004: by disenfranchising tens of thousands of Black and Latino registered voters, alleging that they were ex-convicts who had no right to vote.
Some words from the Third President of the United States, surely haunt the Forty-third President.
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” said Thomas Jefferson.
Bush hears the footsteps. Justice has been roused from her slumber. JusticeÂ is gaining on Bush.
As important as Libby was in the White House chain of command before he fell on his sword and took one for the team, Libby is not the mainÂ criminal.
Bush will surely yield to the demands of the right-wing echo chamber and issue a pardon for Scooter Libby, just as sure as life. If Bush does not pardon Libby, he mounts the gallows himself.
In the Bible Book of Luke, Jesus is challenged after performing miracles abroad, by the citizens of his own land. “Physician, heal thyself,” the people told him. “Whatsoever we have heard done (elsewhere) do also here in thy country.” they demanded.
A pardon for Libby, is the least thing that the real criminal—the President (who is definitelyÂ not to be confused with the Saviour)—can do for this loyal lieutenant.
But who will pardon Bush, when his day comes before The Judge of Judges?