Friday, November 14, 2008

Even More Genuinely Shocked

Pretty Lady is sorry to say that her respect for Conor Friedersdorf has just plummeted:

Larison writes:

Most Americans cannot conceive of executive branch officials, much less the President himself, having to answer for their crimes, which is one of the reasons why so many members of different administrations, but particularly the current one, have held the law in such contempt–because they know they will not have to answer, much less pay, for what they have done.
I find it hard to conceive of throwing Dick Cheney in jail for breaking the law. But I think there is a high-likelihood that a fair investigation would find him guilty of illegal acts, and if that happens I’ll be the first to advocate his prosecution and imprisonment, fully understanding that it’ll be a dark day for the United States...
Why, Conor? Why is this so hard? Pretty Lady finds it immensely easy to conceive of throwing Dick Cheney in jail. She confesses that she has repeatedly visualized the sight of Dick Cheney in handcuffs--doing the perp walk in front of the media, his humorless lizard face etched in its permanent scowl--with great satisfaction, if not a great deal of hope that this will ever come to pass.

What is it about 'all men are created equal' that Americans, after having more than two centuries to get used to the phrase, still fail to apprehend? That if an individual knowingly and willingly breaks the law, shattering many thousands of lives, spreading misery and desolation far and wide, that individual deserves to be held accountable for his actions? No matter what titular label has been temporarily attached to his corporeal person?

It will not, in any way, be a dark day for the United States if Dick Cheney is arrested, tried, and thrown in jail for life. It will be the dawning of a day when the United States actually attempts to live up to its founding precepts. Hmph.


Conor Friedersdorf said...

Pretty Lady, it's rather tough to lose respect for me when we happen to agree that Dick Cheney should probably go to jail! But whatever you think of the man, it will be a dark day if he is found guilty of committing illegal acts, just as it was for the dark day for America when Nixon resigned -- which isn't to say that he shouldn't have resigned, just that it's particularly awful when people entrusted with so much power abuse it.

Pretty Lady said...

Conor, between you and me, the really dreadful thing is that Dick Cheney's character, or lack thereof, was KNOWN to persons close to me, long before W was ever elected. I am unable to disclose specifics, but suffice it to say that W's judgment in picking his VP rivalled that of McCain.

It is not so much that people in positions of power are prone to abuse it, but that we are so bad at picking people upon whom to bestow power in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Nixon's resignation was not a dark day; it was the logical result (impeachment was the other alternative) to his chain of criminal acts. The resignation came in the late afternoon of the dark day that started much earlier. This may be a minor point, but the "dark day" is not the point at which criminals are brought to justice, but rather when the crimes are committed.

And by the way, people who "pay" for their crimes by forced retirement (with a very ample severance package, financial security, health care, etc., for life) are a lot more fortunate than the great majority of criminals. San Clemente versus San Quentin. Hmm, which would you choose?

Here's to dark days ahead for the executive perpetrators of recent and current crimes!


Anonymous said...

Pretty Lady

Is there a Statute of Limitations? Are those in the know complicit? Is knowledge, then silence, after the fact aiding and abetting?

Pretty Lady said...

George--it depends on the severity of the crime; yes; and yes. Of course.

But if you're accusing me of something, let it be known that my inside knowledge of Cheney's character does not include any actual criminal activities; simply that he is dishonest, opportunistic, egomaniacal, and willing to sacrifice both national security and the lives of untold human beings for his personal advancement. Nothing actionable, in other words.

Or at least, his actions have already been brought to a court of law, which has been tangled up in a Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce-like nightmare ever since. Nothing I could say would have any effect on that.

Anonymous said...

Pretty Lady
"he is dishonest, opportunistic, egomaniacal, and willing to sacrifice both national security and the lives of untold human beings for his personal advancement...Nothing actionable"

Good thing, that last part. Otherwise, Federal dockets would overwhelm courts for the foreseeable future. Cheney is an easy target because he's... well... Cheney. His manner provides a target with a bullseye. The government is (and has been for quite some time) rife with Cheneys but all the others have the signal advantage of not being Cheneyesque.

a christian said...

Cheney and Gonzales indicted

Amusing, hopefully this goes somewhere.