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March 23, 2007


On Thursday Alberto Gonzales told us he is working tirelessly to be sure he has every American's back covered...especially our children. Should the firing of six top US Attorney performers make us feel better?

I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve always been suspicious of the guy that seems to go out of his way to tell you he’s "got your back covered".

See a sarcastic visual that demonstrates how many Americans feel when the Attorney General reassures us that he's got our backs covered...here:


Over the last thirty years there's been a clear trend toward depoliticizing the attorney general and U.S. attorneys. That's not altogether a good thing.

Would John Kennedy and his attorney-general, Robert Kennedy, have permitted U.S. attorneys to continue serving who didn't reflect the Administration's policy objective with respect to civil rights? I don't think so, and they'd have been right.

As Barbara Boxer pointed out at the climate change hearing this week, elections have consequences. There ought to be accountability at the highest political level for the enforcement priorities and objectives that are undertaken in the name of the government. If people disagree with those objectives, the solution is to vote out the rascals and let the other guys have a chance.

Establishing U.S. attorneys as a sacrosanct priesthood is undemocratic and contrary to the tripartite division of power that is established by our Constitution. Regrettably, it's a trend that will only be enhanced by the current attempts to gain political capital from the replacement of these eight U.S. attorneys.

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