Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Pardon Me?

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution gives the president "Power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment." A reprieve reduces the severity of a punishment without removing the guilt of the person reprieved. A pardon removes both punishment and guilt.

Bill Clinton pardoned 140 Criminals on his final day in office. Over the course of his Presidency, he issued 395 Presidential Pardons.

It is the Constitutional Right of the President of the United States to pardon anyone he wants, at any point during his Presidency, for any crime for which they might be convicted.


Yesterday, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former Chief of Staff for the Vice President, was found guilty of being a Victim of a Gross Miscarriage of Justice.

On the Jury that convicted him was a person who has written a book entitled "Spying: A Secret History Of History." This Juror has stated that he took "copious notes", and plans to write a new book about the experience of being one of the Jurors on the Libby case.

Another Juror is quoted on the Drudge Report tonight calling for the President to Pardon Libby.


I'm not saying that President Bush should Pardon "Scooter" Libby. That's up to him. If he wants to do it, then he should do it. If not, then don't.

What I AM saying is that if he wants to Pardon Libby, then that is his right, as President of the United States, granted to him by the U.S. Constitution, and bestowed upon him by the Majority of Voters in the 2004 Presidential Election, and that neither Harry Reid (How DARE he open his mouth over this!!), nor Katie Couric, nor Cindy Sheehan, nor Tim Russert, nor George Soros, nor Ariana Huffington and all of her readers and commentors, nor the whole of the crowd ALL OVER AMERICA have any right to tell him not to, nor should they have any input whatsoever in his decision one way or another.

It's up to him. He is the decider.

If Clinton had the right, on his last day in office, to sell pardons to anyone who promised to donate to his Library/Massage Parlor, then Bush has the right to pardon people who may be covering up his own criminal activity. (If indeed there is any of that.)

Personally, If I were President, I would Pardon Libby today.

Then I would fire Fitzgerald.

Then I would form a Special Council to look into Harry Ried's land deals. And William Jefferson's freezer. And Ted Kennedy's sanity. And John Kerry's Military Record. And Barak Obama's race. And Al Gore's Carbon Footprint. And Barbara Boxer's "Big Oil" investments.

And Hillary Clinton's own memory lapses during her grand Jury Testimony.

I would find out how many of THEM could stand up to the type of investigation that has been directed at the Bush Administration for years and years...

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