Reshaping America: No One is Above the Law

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“If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation they will be pursued, not out of vengeance, not out of retribution – out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no one, no attorney general, no president, no one is above the law.” – Joe Biden, September 2008

Criticizing the Bush-Cheney (or Cheney-Bush) administration during the campaign trail was perhaps not very original, however, Joe Biden touched on a very important issue and it is my biggest hope that the new administration will investigate (and prosecute) the criminal acts of the old one.

There is no doubt that gross criminal offenses have been made throughout Bush’s era (the most prominent one being Bush’s incentive to intervene in Iraq). Violating more than 10 of the human rights articles (out of 30) it can be hard to grasp the scale of the offenses the Bush administration is guilty for. Not only did close_gitmoBush lie about Saddam Hussein being an imminent threat to the United States, and thus causing millions to suffer (see evidence here), but he strove further, legalizing convictions without trial, torture as an interrogation method and signing the Military Commissions Act, making it harder to prosecute and convict officers and employees of the US government for misconduct in office.

It might seem harsh at this moment, when America glows with pride after realizing the dreams of their fathers, to put judgement and criticism this painful on the table. Yet, I cannot think of a better moment, than that of change, to acknowledge what has been wrongly done and make sure it does not happen again.

How can we truly say that all men are created equal when our actions say we are not?

That a developed nation (or any nation for that matter) which prides itself on being a beacon of freedom and equality, has so little respect for human rights as to commit such horrible offenses as water-boarding, abduction and mass murder, is truly unacceptable. Even worse is the fact that Bush has escaped conviction by using his power to hide behind new legislation, climbing higher and higher above the law.

How can we demand leaders of nations like China or North Korea to value the rights of every human being when our leader does not?

On a happier note, it seems like the President has reached the end of his ladder and that the fantasies of George W. Bush finally answering the numerous suits, inquiries and subpoenas pending against his administration might come true. But, perhaps the most pressing issue is not to seek justice for what has been but to stop the violations which are still going on. President-elect Barack Obama has made a move on this front and might bring us closer to true equality;

“I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture. And I’m gonna make sure that we don’t torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.” – Barack Obama, “60 Minutes” – CBS, November 15 2008

If we wish to righteously say that all men are created equal and if America is to be a role model for other nations once again, then we have to make sure that Bush and his partners in crime face the law they have strived to stand above for so long. It is never too late to correct ones mistakes, but the longer we wait the greater effort we will have to make. My hope is that, with the leadership of Barack Obama, everyone of us will be inspired to make this effort sooner rather than later.

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– Kajsa, Admin Future for America
politics.of.tomorrow@gmail.com

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~ by politicsoftomorrow on November 17, 2008.

2 Responses to “Reshaping America: No One is Above the Law”

  1. This is an important post. It is incredible that George W. Bush and his administration got away with starting the war in Iraq before the eyes of the world, against international law. We need to prevent this from happening again. Fortunately Renowned Attorney Vincent Bugliosi is going after Bush, striving to prosecute him for murder.

    Here’s a video with Vincent Bugliosi about his ambitions: http://se.youtube.com/watch?v=8DAKAISmhAg

    I believe public education is an important step in generating a more equal society. The media is so filled with propaganda many mistake it for the truth. The internet is probably one of the best mediums for finding impartial sources. Also campaign funding laws have to change. Elections should not be about who can raise the most money. Debates should be open to third party candidates. The way it is now, the government is working for the corporations. And it’s the people who pay for it.

  2. Jag håller med att den grundlig uppgörelse av Bush-adomistrationen är nödvändig, av något slag.Ingen förändring är möjlig, ingen framtid, om den inte utgår från en värdering av det förflutnas misstag. en förutsättningat tlära av historien innebär inte bara elelr i första hand döa skyldig eller peka ut felen, itan försöka förstå sammanahgen och bakgrunden. Det är även en förusättning för om vi ska kunna ta Obamas försök att föränkra sin vision , som i hög grad utgår från amerikans idelalistiskt trdation, som förvarare av vissa grundläggande värden, på allvar.

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