The Assault on the Character of Alberto Gonzales
I've seen a ton of blog posts and website comments about the present Attorney General, and how he should be fired over the firing of eight US Attorneys. At issue is the notion that the attorneys were canned in a political move. Evidently the firings are indicative of a massive Bush Administration cover-up, and a clear violation of everything from the First Amendment to the White House Dress Code.
Never mind that US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the AG, and that the AG (or the President, through the AG) is free to fire and replace them at whim. He doesn't need a reason, although - for political reasons - one is normally given.
The Attorney General also serves at the pleasure of the President. Note that it's not at the pleasure of the editors of the New York Times. It's not at the pleasure of half-informed bloggers like me and my pseudo-intellectual friends. The President makes these decisions.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not implying that homeboy is all that. Nor am I trying to assert that he would have been my first choice for the job. I don't know anything about him, one way or the other. And none of that is the point.
The hippied-out pseudo-Buddhists (Mindfulness means the Democrats are right, and you're not), between calling the administration "fascist" and a "junta," are busy calling for Gonzales' ouster, and will not be deterred. It simply must happen. And here's the sad thing: It's going to happen. Bush will get rid of him, even if he didn't do anything wrong. For a president with a 28% approval rating, every little bit helps - and appeasement of the liberal left might provide that little bit. CNN is reporting that the White House is already looking for a replacement, even as they publicly profess their support for the AG (not that I automatically believe anything from CNN).
It's all part of Bush-bashing, which has become something of a national sport - to the point that most people in this country can't tell the difference between the truth and plain old BS. Even the real Buddhists in this country are happy to hop on the Bush-bashing bandwagon. My teacher, who happens to be a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, blames the inconvenience of daylight savings time on the President. "Mister Bush," she says with anger and disappointment all over her face. "He did it. It's his fault. He said so."
So when did compassion extend only to members of certain political parties, and not to others? When did being mindful mean subversion of anyone in office who didn't spend the sixties protesting and smoking weed? Aren't compassion, sympathy and basic human understanding supposed to extend to all sentient beings? Or is there an Anti-Republican Sutra somewhere that I'm not aware of? I realize there's plenty to criticize about the current (or any, for that matter) administration - and I'm not saying that Republicans are right in all they do. Far from it. But this level of bashing is clearly beyond that reason.
I'll post more on this later in the week, but right now I'm just so disgusted with the whole situation that I can't write clearly about it.