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I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.


Friday, October 19, 2007

The Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration.


Judiciary Oversight: The United States Committee on the Judiciary has been holding its "Executive Nomination" confirmation hearings for a new Attorney General. The nominee is Michael B. Mukasey. He is replacing Alberto Gonzales, who resigned some weeks ago. The Chairman of the committee is Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
Just the Facts: Some will say that former Attorney General Gonzales resigned in disgrace. The Judiciary Committee's questions for Mr. Mukasey have been very pointed, particularly on the second day of the hearings. In addition to becoming the nation's chief law enforcement officer, this Attorney General (AG) will have a heavy hand in the oversight of the nation's domestic spying program, (or programs?). Along with the members of the Judiciary Committee, we all hope that his hand as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States will be very different than that of Gonzales. The Administration's previous record has shown over and over again incredible ineptitude, heavy handedness and -- worst of all -- disregard for the rule of law.
Judging the next presidential candidates: All of the leading Democratic candidates for President graduated from law school. Each has been trained in the rule of law. Furthermore, the professional careers of all the candidates have required that they understand and honor the rule of law. In order to choose for whom to vote next year, it might be useful to learn where each stands on the issue of homeland security. I am including the following for your reference.
Links to major Democratic Presidential Candidates views on Homeland Security -
(from OnTheIssues.org):

3 comments:

betmo said...

this is an excellent tool- thanks!

Larry said...

Good info much appreciated.

Carol Gee said...

betmo and larry: It takes a bit of digging but can provide quick quotes, whose authenticity I think you can trust.