July 2, 2007

Amnesty for Libby

I'm sure you've heard by now that Bush commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby today. Everybody knew it was coming, but I for one didn't expect it so soon. This is going to be all over the blogosphere for days, so I'm going to keep this short and just share a simple thought on the matter.

These Republicans who pressured Bush to do this and who are now celebrating and congratulating Libby are many the same Republicans who are loudly protesting immigration reform because they consider it amnesty. Isn't amnesty what Bush just granted to Scooter Libby? Is this simply racism, or am I missing something here?

The law-and-order Republicans (and I mean all of the get-tough-on-crime crowd and not just Fred Thompson) allegedly oppose the latest immigration reform bill because it grants amnesty to "illegal" immigrants. In other words, they do not believe that people who broke the law should be let off. To do so, they argue on their hate-filled talk radio, is to make a mockery of our laws and essentially reward criminals. How can they reconcile this with Bush's decision to commute Libby's sentence? Can not the same arguments be applied here?

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