The Bush administration has taken down one governor, Alabama’s Don Siegelman, on false charges. Is it any surprise that when presented with unsavory behavior on the part of ex New York governor Eliot Spitzer, they’d go after him? Let’s be clear on this. The Bush administration, who has been embroiled in a scandal over undue influence over (and in some cases outright firing of) state attorney generals. The same administration which has aggressively perverted the courts from the lowest circuit all the way up to the Supreme Court with its pro-business, pro-Republican, pro-Christianist agenda.
An Executive administration that has grabbed unprecedented amounts of power from the Legislative branch and subverted the Judicial branch is using its power to take out political opponents and override our vote.
The Spitzer case is unfortunately illuminating (Majikthise):
So, the so-called Public Integrity Section of Bush’s Justice Department is trying to exploit an obscure bit of bank law to destroy Spitzer.
This isn’t an isolated incident. The Republicans are using the criminal justice system to pick off rising Democratic stars, one by one.
This isn’t just politics as usual. It’s no longer about getting the Republicans’ enemies out of office, or costing the Democrats the next election. It’s about making sure the targets are so thoroughly discredited that they never return to public life. It’s about ruining their lives, if at all possible.
Don Siegelman, was a rising Democratic star in Alabama. He was a rare commodity, a Democrat who could win elections in a deep red state. Some people saw a presidential bid in his future. Now, Siegelman is languishing in a federal prison camp, thanks to Karl Rove and the some cooperative US Attorneys. (For more details, see Scott Horton’s Siegelman Chronicles.)
Now, the Bush Justice Department is trying finish off Eliot Spitzer, another high profile Democrat who once harbored presidential ambitions.
Am I the only one who is appalled that the Justice Department forced Eliot Spitzer out of office?
Sources: Lawyers for Spitzer negotiate possible plea deal
5:32 PM EDT, March 11, 2008
Lawyers for Gov. Eliot Spitzer are negotiating a possible plea deal with federal prosectuors stemming from his alleged involvement with a prostitution ring, sources said.
Several sources said that the one serious bargaining chip that Spitzer has to possibly avoid being charged with a serious felony, such as money laundering or avoiding federal currency rules, is to work out a deal in which he would give up the governorship. In return, prosecutors would assure him that he only would have to plead at most to a misdemeanor or even less and be in effect guaranteed that he would not have to go to prison. [Newsday]
If the foregoing is true, you could describe the same scenario another way: Federal law enforcement approached the sitting governor of New York and threatened to charge him with felonies unless he resigned his office.
This is how the Bush administration will spend its last year in office, and how the McCain administration will spend the next 8. The purpose of separating the Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches was to prevent the concentration of power in the hands of a few. The Bush administration and the Republican leadership has violated the Constitution in the most treasonous was possible. They have used their power to obtain a stranglehold on our political process, and rendered our ability to elect our own government void.
Call your Representatives and Senators. Ask them one question: “Will you act?”.