Tuesday, January 25, 2005

NO on Gonzales

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ MLK

Tomorrow, the United States Senate will vote on whether to confirm Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. I am hereby adding my voice in opposition to his appointment as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Being from the home state of the outgoing AG, I didn't honestly believe Bush could select a worse nominee for the post. He proved me wrong, however, by picking his right-hand man, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, as the successor to John Ashcroft. This should alarm all conscientious citizens of the U.S.; Armando of Daily Kos explains why:

"As the prime legal architect for the policy of torture adopted by the Bush Administration, Gonzales's advice led directly to the abandonment of longstanding federal laws, the Geneva Conventions, and the United States Constitution itself. Our country, in following Gonzales's legal opinions, has forsaken its commitment to human rights and the rule of law and shamed itself before the world with our conduct at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. The United States, a nation founded on respect for law and human rights, should not have as its Attorney General the architect of the law's undoing."

In the spirit of justice spoken of most eloquently by Martin Luther King, I too must say NO to the man who is responsible for lowering this country's moral standing to heretofore unimaginable levels. He is wrong for the job, wrong for the country, and wrong for the world.

1 Comments:

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Luke said...

From DAILY KOS, 2/3/2005 - My thanks and congratulations to the Senate Democratic Leadership, our Leader, Senator Harry Reid, our Ranking Member in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy, the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Kennedy, Biden, Feinstein, Durbin, Feingold, Schumer and Kohl, and the overwhelming majority of Democratic Senators.

You stood up for the values of our Democratic Party and of our Country. I salute you all.

Thanks to Senator Jeffords.

For those Democratic Senators who vote yes on Gonzales, a vote that inescapably endorses the torture policies of the Bush Administration, I can only express the deepest disappointment in your vote.

You have betrayed the ideals of the Democratic Party and of our Country. I cannot support you. This issue goes to the very heart of what we are as Democrats and Americans. I simply cannot support a person who can condone the Bush Administration policy of torture.

The Democrats voting Yes on Gonzales were:

(1) Senator Ken Salazar (Colorado).

(2) Senator Joseph Lieberman (Conn.).

(3) Senator Ben Nelson (Neb.).

(4) Senator Mary Landrieu (La.)

(5) Senator Pryor (Ark).

(6) Senator Bill Nelson (Fla.)

Some of us [formerly we] will remember.

As for the Republican Senators, who all voted yes, you merely confirm what the Republican Party has become in the era of George W. Bush - un-American.

 

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