above, for articles in
society reveals its values, priorities and distribution of power in the way
punish deviant behavior. Here are some examples for you to
of Congress were in an uproar recently over a MoveOn.Org
in the New York Times titled “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”
following copy alerted readers to their belief that he may likely testify before
as a political General reflecting the rosy views on the Iraq war-quagmire
commander-in-chief, George W. Bush.
dare MoveOn.Org criticize a General in the midst of' Bush’s war of
Republicans and some Democrats as the Senators rushed to overwhelmingly vote for
a resolution condemning the ad?
dare those many Americans who criticized Civil War Generals, World War Two
Korean War Generals (remember General Douglas MacArthur) and Vietnam War
Generals (remember General William Westmoreland)?
kind of criticism inside Army, inside the Congress and among the citizenry has
as American as apple pie.
come a similar uproar has not come forth about the many female U.S. soldiers in
Iraq raped or sexually harassed by male soldiers who are often their
are the generals to crack down on these outrages? This story was documented in a
long cover story in the New York Times Magazine some months ago, citing numerous
sources, including the Pentagon.
demanded the resignation of Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) caught in a toilet
operation at Minneapolis airport. Senator Craig – he now says foolishly so –
guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct. For doing what? As Frank Rich
the situation in the New York Times: “He didn't have sex in a public
He didn’t expose himself. His toe tapping, hand signals and ‘wide stance’
at most a form of flirtation.”
columnist, George Will expressed similar views.
penalty for Senator Craig is likely termination of his Senate career but not one
by law. Just by pressure from his “pure” Senate
contrast what should be required of George W. Bush by our Constitution, laws and
international treaties to which the U.S. is a signatory nation.
our nation into an unconstitutional war of massive carnage and cost, and
numerous, repeated crimes along the way, from widespread torture in violation
of U.S. law and the Geneva conventions to spying on Americans without
approval (a felony), does not agitate the Senators as did the airport toilet
to the Bush presidency's serial and continuing crimes are his bungling and
He has enriched crooked corporations, burned tens of billions of taxpayer
dollars and most seriously, deprived soldiers of sufficient body and humvee
year after year, which has cost the lives and limbs of thousands of American
US court of law, such behavior would be judged criminal
there has been no demand from Congress for his impeachment, or his resignation,
or even any support for Senator Russ Feingold's modest resolution of censure
(S.Res. 302 and 303).
Justice Department has thrown the book at several plaintiff lawyers
people to be lead plaintiffs in securities fraud cases while not
over 90% of the corporate crooks who actually stole big money from investors
shareholders while paying themselves compensation beyond their dreams of
Department needed a bigger budget to go after this corporate crime wave, they
should have requested it from Congress. The resulting fines and restitutions
alone would have paid for such an enlarged law and order
sure you can cite many examples of public hypocrisy, double standards and
priorities from your knowledge and experience. There are many explanations about
why and how these powerbrokers and powerholders get away with such
let us remember Abraham Lincoln’s observation about the power of
We need to inform, focus and deliver a different quality and quantity
“public sentiments” directly to our allegedly public servants.
that they start to sweat the big stuff.
Ralph Nader, attorney, author, was a green
party candidate for U.S. President in both the 2000 and 2004 campaigns. He
has been a prominent environmentalist and consumer advocate for several decades,
who founded along the way, several non profit organizations that are still
active; his accomplishments, like forcing U.S. auto companies to install seat
belts, are legendary. His most recent book is The Seventeen Traditions.
This essay is herein reprinted with the author's
Posted October 05, 2007
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