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Nation of Laws

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

A former President and Vice President have publicly confessed to war crimes – the ordering of and condoning of torture, among other things. The current President says we must look forward, not backward.

A former Presidential candidate had an affair and misused campaign contributions. The current administration is going to nail his ass to the wall for that!

A government of laws, and not of men. – John Adams


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May. 31st, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
much of the country has no sense of proportion.

I keep hearing Yoda... There is much fear in you... admitting to ourselves, as a nation, that we are no better than everyone else, would be too much for far more people than just the conservatives. Sex scandals are commonplace enough that it can be dismissed. It's the big stuff that's important to go after. And the irony is, the Founders understood human temptation in power better than we do. They'd be like, yeah, we told ya so.

That doesn't really excuse John Edwards, but I take your point. If we are going to ignore one of them, this is the better choice.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Glen Greenwald has written extensively about the dual justice systems in this country. There's the one we claim to follow, which applies to most of us, and then there's the complete lack of accountability for the highest-placed people. Ironically, those are the ones who should be held to the highest standards, since they can do the most damage.
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