Happy 4th!

Glenn Greenwald:

In Federalist No. 70, Alexander Hamilton described the defining power of the King which made the British monarchy intolerably corrupt: “In England, the king is a perpetual magistrate; and it is a maxim which has obtained for the sake of the public peace, that he is unaccountable for his administration, and his person sacred.” Thomas Paine proclaimed in Common Sense “that so far as we approve of monarch, that in America THE LAW IS KING.” But little effort is required to see how far removed we now are from those basic principles.

Keith Olbermann:


And give us someone — anyone — about whom all of us might yet be able to quote John Wayne, and say, “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my president, and I hope he does a good job.”

Read the transcript at AlterNet.

One Comment

  1. Ian

    I expected you to put Olberman up on your site after hearing about what he said. I’ve said before I don’t like Olberman that much. He’s turned his role as Daily Show knock-off host into one that is starting to resemble a democratic Rush Limbagh. Whatever gets him ratings I guess. He just preaches to the choir, and I don’t think he’s changing anyones mind about anything. Just like Rush.

    Now, let me get this out of the way before some Republican apologist does: “B-b-b-but Clinton pardoned all those criminals!” Right, he did, and who here is defending him for it? A lot of those people he pardoned were just as bad as the Libby thing, and I do recall that the Republicans made quite a stink about it when he did it. So shut up trying to act like its OK that Bush did what he did cause Clinton did it. Wasn’t Bush supposed to be morally superior to Clinton? Wasn’t he supposed to bring morals and respect back into the White House? Also on the subject of Clintons pardons, a few weren’t so bad. One was a pardon for a guy who had been in jail I think 30+ years for stealing a pound of butter. That guy had paid his debt to society.

    And before we go on about how this is a terrible mockery of justice, which it is, let us not forget that Libby was only the fall guy for the whole thing. He wasn’t the one who gave Plame’s name. Karl Rove dropped the name on purpose and no one went after him at all. There’s your real mockery of justice. So be mad at them for letting the underling go free, but be furious that the real criminal didn’t even get charged. And honestly, even if Bush pardons him, I don’t think anyone will see Libby as innocent. They will see him as guilty, but pardoned by his buddy Bush. And like it makes a difference anyways. He would’ve gotten out of jail and his buddies would’ve given him a job right away. No one in his circle is going to hold it against him, if anything they admire him for taking one for the team. Justice and society loses no matter what Bush did about it.

    Oh and the $250K fine still in place for Libby as punishment? Didn’t they raise millions in donations for his legal fees? I’m sure his fee won’t be paid out of his pocket, so can everyone quit acting like he still has some form of punishment going.

    We lose.