I know y’all just love it when I get all political and shit. But, as Edward Albee wrote in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, “…you make government and art, and realize that they are, must be, both the same…”
I can’t think of anything more scandalous, anything we should be more concerned with, or anything more egregiously un-American than Monica Goodling’s abuse of power and fundamental lack of belief in both Democracy and the Constitution of this country.
Now, I’m generally not one to name-call–well, not when matters are serious, at least–but it doesn’t make sense for us to allow people who have obviously set their will against the rights and freedoms of American citizens to corner the market on divisive political pejoratives. So, I’m calling them out for what they are: Un-American.
Quoting from the NYT article:
In her position as White House liaison for the Justice Department, Ms. Goodling was involved in hiring lawyers for both political appointments and nonpolitical career positions. Regardless of the type of position, the report said, Ms. Goodling would run applicants at interviews through the same batch of questions, asking them about their political philosophies, why they wanted to serve President Bush, and who, aside from Mr. Bush, they admired as public servants, the report found. Sometimes, Ms. Goodling would ask: “Why are you a Republican?”
In Ms. Goodling’s notes from the interviews, she would give a shorthand assessment of how well they fared on threshold political issues, as in the notation for one candidate who she wrote was aptly conservative on “god, guns + gays.”
In forwarding a résumé in 2006 from a lawyer who was working for the Federalist Society, Ms. Goodling sent an e-mail message to the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Steven Bradbury, saying: “Am attaching a résumé for a young, conservative female lawyer.” Ms. Goodling interviewed the woman and wrote in her notes such phrases as “pro-God in public life,” and “pro-marriage, anti-civil union.” The woman was eventually hired as a career prosecutor.
Now, obviously, she’s the fall-guy for the Justice Department under a Presidential administration that has an endemic problem when it comes to upholding American values, which I define as a general willingness to do good, to let others live lives of their own choosing, and the right for all men and women (even trannies) to be equally represented under the law: I can say with all seriousness that I believe the majority of Americans stand behind these tenets.
But still, there’s something particularly enterprising about Ms. Goodling’s pro-active approach to violating the Constitution. This article seems to imply that she might have even gone above and beyond the precedents set by John Ashcroft.