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Who is Harriett Miers and why is she dangerous?

Traditionally, of course, we've always taken it that someone with the power to affect a major portion of the population should have some trial experience, and traditionally, that's what we've gotten: lawyers who done some bench work as judges.
Today Mr Bush put forward a candidate for Associate Justice with no obvious qualifications for the position. Supreme Court Justice is an interesting position. The job requirements are kind of minimal; you have to be able to breathe now and then, and you or your sponsor have to have enough clout to drag you through the Senatorial inspection. Strictly speaking, that's it. There's not even a threshold of lawyerdom.

Most people are surprised to discover this fact. After all, we're so used to judges being lawyers and all. But, there are municipalities, counties, and even states in the US that don't require that law school ticket before elevating someone to decide your fate and future. I suppose it's not so bad when we're talking about a fine of $250 and a 30 day suspension of your driver's license, because you can usually finesse a "sunshine" authorization to drive back and forth to work. But for the serious stuff - life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and so forth, the nation has this presumption that a judge must have some idea of what a law book is and why it exists. Article I, Section 8, of the US Constitution enumerates the carious powers of Congress. Clause 9 states "To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court." That's it. Not even a capital 'S' in supreme. In Article III, Section 1, we find "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office."

Traditionally, of course, we've always taken it that someone with the power to affect a major portion of the population should have some trial experience, and traditionally, that's what we've gotten: lawyers who done some bench work as judges.

Harriett Miers has been a lawyer for a long time and she's been a corporate lawyer for a good part of that time. But she's been George Bush's lawyer for over 10 years, and that's her qualification. He knows her reactions and opinions on a large variety of issues. She's a bought-and-paid for Bush soldier, and as the man sinks lower and lower in the opinion polls and more and more of the citizenry view him with a new-found sense of disgust and alarm, he will surround himself more and more with loyal vassals. He fears an electoral backlash, a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, and a resultant impeachment in the House and conviction in the Senate. Miers and Roberts are Bush soldiers. Roberts was deeply involved in the 2000 election theft in Florida. In fact he was one of the primary tacticians on the ground. As counsel to the President, Miers was involved with the legal footwork required to create the policies authorizing torture, rendition, abrogation of civil rights for US citizens deemed :"enemies" by Mr. Bush, and a pure totalitarian reframing of our entire Federal judicial system.

Justice Scalia was of course disappointed that he wasn't designated to the Chief Justice chair, but he can console himself with the fact that he's a bought and paid for Cheney soldier, and he's got - you know - those advantageous and fortunate investments. He knows he'll get the chance within the next two years to help establish a state religion and he's good to go with that. Thomas does what he's told to do, and dreams of the day when he can deny his background and heritage, and that's what he wants for Christmas.

So, when the legal retribution starts at some point in the future, Mr Bush knows he's got a lock on 4 votes for sure. He can surely find one more vote if it's ever needed to prevent his extradition for trial before the International Criminal Court.

Life is good.

UPDATE: I may have written the above in haste. Several things have happened within the intervening two hours that have made me take a slightly different view of Ms Miers. For one, it appears that Ms Miers is not just a Bu$hCo sycophant and loyalist. It seems she's also a blogger, with a great sense of humility and humanity. Plus, she's also a blogger! Yes! Just like you and me, bunky!

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yeah - read up 03.Oct.2005 20:36

Alpha Humans vs the Unchosen Ones

A lot of people are attacking me for saying Bush was the most brilliant man I've ever met, and all I have to say is: you know that saying "A's hire A's and B's hire C's"?

Okay, I think Bush is an A. And he thinks I'm an A. But if you think I'm a B and he's a C, and HELLO, YOU VOTED FOR BUSH, then what does that make YOU? Who hires B's? D's, is what I'd say. D as in DEMOC*RAT*.

And yes, I did lead the search for the new nominee, just like CHENEY, the BEST VP EVER, and if you think appointing me was my idea then you're wrong. If you think Bush chose the first woman who walked in the room, then sorry, but I'm proud I spend a lot of time in the room with HTE BEST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA.

They say that you can always tell whose side people are on when things really get going, and I think we're seeing a lot of people's true colors right about now. And the people who are "seeing red" are "showing blue," if you know what I mean.

BTW I look so so hot in black robes.

BTW, I look so fuckable in black robes - I'm your public servant and a blogger with a "sense of humor" and "humility" - and I'm going to help George restore "decency" to the Reich House.

Shameful 04.Oct.2005 07:41

george orwell

How unabashedly "Brave New World" (by Aldous Huxley) and straight social Darwinism. Hold on for the ride, folks!