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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

No On Gonzales

Actually, I do believe that's a resounding Hell No.

There comes a time when steps must be taken, and taken in unison. The nomination of Alberto Gonzales is pathetic enough; his actual confirmation as Attorney General a dangerous step for Americans both at home and abroad, and a sanctioning of an America darkened by very particular and horrific acts set in motion by his hand.

From Kos:

"Michael Posner of Human Rights First observed: 'After the horrific images from Abu Ghraib became public last year, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld insisted that the world should 'judge us by our actions [and] watch how a democracy deals with the wrongdoing and with scandal and the pain of acknowledging and correcting our own mistakes.'' We agree. It is because of this that we believe the only proper course of action is for the Senate to reject Alberto Gonzales's nomination for Attorney General. As Posner notes, '[t]he world is indeed watching.' Will the Senate condone torture? Will the Senate condone the rejection of the rule of law?

With this nomination, we have arrived at a crossroads as a nation. Now is the time for all citizens of conscience to stand up and take responsibility for what the world saw, and, truly, much that we have not seen, at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. We oppose the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States, and we urge the Senate to reject him."

Next step is to call, email, and/or visit every standing Democratic Senator and demand they vote No.

1 comments: to “ No On Gonzales

  • Asheesh Kapur Siddique
    January 25, 2005 6:35 PM  

    You are right to say that no sensible Democrat will vote for Gonzales. But not even a sensible Republican should. We need to all reject torture because it's un-American and un-patriotic, and because it insults those basic human rights that all people must embrace. While I don't expect them to, I would hope that those Republicans who in the past have stood up for American principles, like McCain, will join with those Democratic Senators who reject the nomination of Gonzales for AG. There's no personal story compelling enough to excuse the approval of torture.

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