Tuesday, July 03, 2007

What a Sad Day in History

Yesterday will always be one of the saddest days in history, in my opinion. George W. Bush commuted the sentence I. "Scooter" Lewis Libby, saying that he thought the sentence was too harsh.

Too harsh? Really, 2 years in prison for (covering up for those) having outed an undercover CIA officer, putting her and her family's lives at risk, and other CIA officers lives at risk, and harming the security of our country was too harsh. Everyone who had a part in this crime is a traitor to the United States. And 2 years is too harsh? Is that perhaps because Bush himself was a party to the crime?

What about the truly excessive sentence that Weldon Angelos recieved? If Bush will display public "compassion" for anyone, why not for the thousands upon thousands of Iraqis who have lost their lives because of the occupation of their country? Or the thousands more who probably will?

How can the people of our country sit by and watch Bush give a "Get out of jail free" card to those in his administration, and ignore the fact that his Vice President seems to have invented a "4th branch of government", which puts him above the law? Why are we not "in the streets banging pots and pans"? Why are we not rioting and taking our country back from George W Bush? I really, truly do not get it.

I feel like the only thing I can personally do right now is support Barack Obama's candidacy for president. I only worry that it will be too late before he or another person takes office. Even if it's not too late in general for the revival of the great country we should be, it will be too late for our fallen soldiers, for the heartbreak of their families, for America to prove that we are a country run by the people, and for yesterday to not be a day that goes down in history as a giant mistake. And we have 18 more months for Bush to continue to try to beat his own records at making mistakes. Perhaps, instead of praying for rain, we should direct our prayers to the future of our country.

I can only hope that our country is turned around enough that, in 20 years, I can tell my children about the mistakes that Bush made, and how they impacted us all. So that when they cast their votes for president, maybe they'll have more foresight than most of the country did in 2004.

Update: BBC News is reporting:
On Tuesday Mr Bush declined to rule out a complete pardon for Libby at a later time.

"As to the future I rule nothing in and nothing out," he told journalists in Washington.