Paul Krugman Is Encouraging Barack Obama To Risk American Democracy To Prosecute The Bush Administration

Paul Krugman has conclusively proven that the mainstream and the fringe have become one in the same on the left by encouraging Obama to try to jail the Democrats’ political enemies in the Bush Administration,

Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would seek an investigation of possible crimes by the Bush administration. “I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,” he responded, but “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

I’m sorry, but if we don’t have an inquest into what happened during the Bush years — and nearly everyone has taken Mr. Obama’s remarks to mean that we won’t — this means that those who hold power are indeed above the law because they don’t face any consequences if they abuse their power.

Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. It’s not just torture and illegal wiretapping, whose perpetrators claim, however implausibly, that they were patriots acting to defend the nation’s security. The fact is that the Bush administration’s abuses extended from environmental policy to voting rights. And most of the abuses involved using the power of government to reward political friends and punish political enemies.

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…There’s much, much more. By my count, at least six important government agencies experienced major scandals over the past eight years — in most cases, scandals that were never properly investigated. And then there was the biggest scandal of all: Does anyone seriously doubt that the Bush administration deliberately misled the nation into invading Iraq?

Why, then, shouldn’t we have an official inquiry into abuses during the Bush years?

Let’s do “be clear what we’re talking about here:” Paul Krugman wants to criminalize political differences between the Democrats and Republicans. That is an extraordinarily dangerous road to go down — and I mean that not just figuratively, but literally.

It’s one thing to go after a public official for something we all agree is a crime, like taking a bribe or perjury, but when jokey, made-up, ridiculous, purely politically motivated charges like, “the Bush administration deliberately misled the nation into invading Iraq,” may result in a jail term, it threatens the continued existence of democracy in the United States.

When the rule of law no longer applies and the party that is out of power risks imprisonment merely by virtue of losing an election, then at a minimum it encourages tit-for-tat retaliation. In other words, you get Bush today and we’ll find a way to put Obama in jail tomorrow. At worst, it encourages politicians to remain in power by hook or crook, because that is the only way they can safeguard their own life and liberty.

That’s ultimately why George Bush was wise enough not to go after Bill Clinton when he came into power and it’s also why Barack Obama, if he’s half as smart as everyone seems to think he is, will do everything possible to squash these utterly silly, politically motivated charges that the loons on his side, including Paul Krugman and more than a few Democrats in Congress, want to try to bring against the Bush Administration.

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