Modern liberalism shows remarkably little concern for freedom, democracy, and the will of the people if it's not politically expedient, but now some of the most influential members of the Democratic Party are starting to drift towards outright fascism with the suggestion that members of the Bush Administration should be jailed once they leave power.
For example, we have Paul Krugman caterwauling that Bush should be investigated for his policy on the environment, voting rights issues, political appointees, contracts in Iraq, and because ludicrously, Krugman claims Bush "deliberately misled the nation into invading Iraq."
Furthermore, John Conyers has spoken of going after the Bush Administration for "illegal wiretapping, torture, detention, and other practices (that) could land some members in an international tribunal."
Let's be very clear what these Democrats want to do: because they hate George Bush and the Republican Party, they're proposing partisan witch hunts in search of a crime that they can use to jail members of the Bush Administration. In other words, this has nothing to do with anyone, including the President, being "above the law." We're not talking about perjury, bribery, corruption, a Nixonian break-in, or some other real crime.
To the contrary, what we're really discussing is the party in power abusing their office to try to jail their political opponents over policy differences. Put another way, it's the sort of thing we'd expect to see in Putin's Russia, Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, or Castro's Cuba -- not in the United States of America.
Now, some people have spoken out against going after members of the Bush Administration on the grounds that it would create partisan division -- but that understates the problem to such an extent that it's like referring to the sun as a "wee bit hot."
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