Waiting for the interview, the nervous job applicant could have been quietly reassuring himself with these thoughts, “I have the education, experience and dedication to the rule of law. Since it is not a political appointment, I am more than eligible for this position.”
That would be when White House liaison for the Justice Department Monica Goodling, fresh out of Pat Robertson’s law school, would ask him some questions.
"What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?"
“Serve Bush?” The startled job seeker may have replied. “I thought that I would be employed by, and in service to, the people of the United States.”
Pursing her lips with displeasure at the response, Ms. Goodling would give him another chance.
“Why are you a Republican?”
At this point the job candidate might think he was in the wrong building and check to see if he was really at the Justice Department.
While he was leaving, his name was plugged into a data search, along with key words and phrases such as “guns,” “homosexual,” “sex,” “Florida re-count,” and “abortion”.
The better qualified candidate was always dumped in favor of the politically correct one. Loyalty always trumped competence.
If this sounds familiar, the identical “affirmative action” system was used for filling jobs in the critical early days of the Iraq occupation. It sure worked out well there, didn’t it?
What has happened to the United States Department of Justice?
It was being transformed into a politicized law enforcement agency. No longer was its mission to fairly enforce federal law; it was now in business to enforce the will of the ruling Republican Party. Their mission was now being directed by “Bush’s Brain”, Karl Rove and the sleazy Alberto (I-Don’t-Recall-Remembering) Gonzales.
The effects of this corruption were becoming more visible than ever.
U.S. Attorneys were fired for investigating and prosecuting crooked Republican politicians like California Representative Duke Cunningham. They were fired for not investigating trumped up voter fraud allegations targeting Democrats.
Rove was pushing for the framing and jailing of former Democratic Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman so the Republican would win.
Attorney Generals Ashcroft, Gonzales and Mukasey were keeping the Department busy blocking oversight of the Administration’s numerous wrongdoings.
Eventually Democrats gained the majority needed for congressional investigation.
After poor Al Gonzales proved incapable of remembering anything at the hearings, it was Monica’s turn.
“I believe I crossed the lines, but I didn’t mean to,” she told the committee.
When asked how often this type of hiring practice occurred she said, “I don’t think that I could have done it more than fifty times, but I don’t know.”
I hope you’re as reassured as I am. She “didn’t mean it,” around fifty times. That’s OK then, I guess.
This sordid tale is now all detailed in a Justice Department Inspector General’s report now released.
I bet the liberal media is going to take up this issue with a renewed zeal for the truth, and launch a series of probing follow up investigations, right?
Let’s look at what CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, from the “most trusted name in news,” had to say last week.
“The United States Justice Department is supposed to enforce U.S. laws, but a new investigation suggests that the Bush Administration may have violated those laws when it hung out the ‘help wanted’ sign at the Justice Department.”
We are told the investigation “suggests” they “may have” violated laws. There’s some tough, hard-nosed reporting for you. Or would that be brown-nosed reporting? The Corporate News Network could not admit the report STATED they DID VIOLATE the laws.
This isn’t the only case of right wing bias or editing going on at CNN lately.
On July 25th the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing investigating White House abuses of power.
Several people went on record testifying to the Bush Cartel’s long list of malfeasance and treachery.
Here are sample comments from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.).
But I ask, would impeachment be a vehicle to restore life and vitality to the delicate system of checks and balances, which is the hallmark of our Constitution and which this administration has shattered--aided and abetted by the do-nothing, Republican-controlled, rubber-stamp Congress which failed to exercise its constitutional responsibility to oversee the operations of the executive branch of our government?
Warrantless wiretapping of Americans; torturing and kidnapping and detaining numerous prisoners, foreign enemy combatants, prisoners, whatever they could be classified as; the fact that we have become a severely surveilled population now with the abuses of the Patriot Act--all done under the cloak of government secrecy. Political spying; the attacks on academic freedom; the politicization of the Justice Department; selective prosecutions--so many areas fertile for inquiring by this Congress.
As you see, very serious issues were brought up; issues that could be easily viewed as highly relevant to the preservation of our Constitution.
Come on, liberal media, show us the outrage! Shine your light of journalistic integrity on the hopes of freedom loving Americans.
Oops, here comes Campbell Brown of CNN’s Election Center. That’s all right, just because her husband is Bush loyalist Dan Senor, former deputy press secretary, and spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, I’m sure she will be as fair and balanced as Senor’s new employer, Fox News.
Ms. Brown begins, "Believe it or not, there was a congressional hearing today about impeaching the president," adding: "It was all stagecraft, though." Brown introduced CNN correspondent Erica Hill by saying, "Tell us about this piece of Kabuki theater, Erica."
Hill explained: "From the beginning it was pretty clear this was all just stagecraft, for what one Republican lawmaker deemed impeachment light."
"The Democratic leadership made it clear impeachment is not on the table at this hearing today for two reasons. Not only is there not enough time left in President Bush's term, but also they know any real impeachment hearings at this point could cause a major backlash."
Thank you, Erica. We sure would hate to see the Constitution’s pesky and unpatriotic impeachment provision intruding here at this point in history. Please assure us that the President isn’t too concerned about this theatrical stunt.
She obliges, "As for the president today, clearly, not too worried about this hearing. He was in Peoria, Illinois. As you can see here, kissing babies, smiling, taking pictures."
That’s a relief. Now if Campbell could just wrap this all up and put it into perspective for us, we can focus on more important things.
She closed the report by saying: "All right. So this is really just stagecraft, not to mention a real waste of taxpayer money and Congress' time."
Wonderful. It’s a good thing we have watchdogs like you and your husband, making sure we don’t waste any taxpayer money in Iraq, too.
Americans can now move along. There’s nothing to see here, folks.
Say, let’s watch that clip again of McCain saying Obama would rather lose a war than lose an election.