Politician, pardon thyself!
On November 10, 2008, President Elect Barack Obama went to the White House and met with outgoing President George Bush. Obama was apparently offended by the offer of hand sanitizer. I wonder if George Bush would be offended by what may have been going through Obama’s mind.
What should be going through George Bush’s mind is the idea he needs to pardon himself and the top officials of his administration.
How wild is the thought that the new administration would indict the President?
All you have to do is go to Democrats.com and you can find a petition calling for the indictment of George Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes. The war crime? The liberation of Iraq.
The hard left has loved the idea of criminalizing conservatism since their glory days in the early 70’s, when they forced Richard Nixon from office. Their dream of seeing him frog marched into a Federal Courthouse and then off to Federal Prison was dashed when President Ford pardoned him.
91% of those surveyed on the Democraticunderground.com web site favored having George Bush indicted for war crimes. This is not an isolated thought in the realm of the liberal lunatic fringe. The idea that the Bush administration and Bush in particular should be put in prison for policy decisions is in the mainstream of thought and discussion in the Democratic Party.
So what does Obama do? Life was much easier when he was simply the junior senator from Illinois. Now he is the President-elect and soon to be the President. Does he really want that president set? I’m not sure. Obama, though he has not governed a single day, seems to be moving to the center with his appointments and comments. But he may have no choice but to appease the hard left in his party.
If Bush pardons himself and the senior members of his administration, which he should do today, not tomorrow; then the decision to prosecute Bush is taken from Obama and his justice department.
Many leftists in this country and abroad want Bush prosecuted in The Hague, for war crimes. For Obama, this could be a solution that lets him appease his left wing, without having to do the dirty work. One of the aims of George Soros and some of his ilk is to have America ‘derepublicanized’, somewhat like the de-nazification process in Germany after World War Two.
Given the unhinged hate that much of the national and international left has for George Bush, a pardon may not save him.
George Bush should be afraid. Very afraid.