Hanging On By Tooth And Nail

Paul Wolfowitz is being advised to resign his position at the World Bank by almost everyone with connections past or present to that organization. He won't quit, however, until he's forced into doing so to avoid being indicted for corruption.
Alberto Gonzales is being advised by people on both sides of the political spectrum to step down as Attorney General. He has the full support of his immediate supervisors, however, so he has no plans to walk away, even when he's being told that he can no longer be effective in his job by some of the same folks who supported his nomination. Gonzales will be sacrificed once it becomes necessary, but not until his presence threatens the ongoing attempt to impose a neoconservative dominance on the American government.
The Vice President, Dick Cheney, has less credibility than any VP since Spiro Agnew. Even Dan Quayle held a higher level of respect from the general public that Cheney does. He won't be quitting, of course – and no matter what he does, from enriching Halliburton to outing a CIA officer to accidentally shooting a friend in the face with a shotgun, he has the full support of the man who relies on him for direction, his nominal superior, George Bush. At this moment, Cheney is even testing the possibility of making a third try for President himself in 2008.
Condileeza Rice has worked in the highest levels of the government for seven years now, with little to show for her efforts except mistakes and failures. She's guilty of telling the same lies to Congress that others in this administration have uttered, but she's not going to be held accountable, ever.
And the Architect, Karl Rove, has Bush firmly attached to his hip. Rove is never going to be held accountable for his political meddling in all aspects of government policy and the process of determing the laws of the land – unless the Office of Special Counsel can remain independent long enough to complete the full-scale investigation of Rove that they have just begun...
But deputies and underlings at a variety of levels are quitting to avoid accountability or being forced to resign under indictment for their behavior while following orders. They are quickly replaced by the equivalent of a partisan clone.
This is the condition of federal goverment in America today – personal and political loyalty to "leadership" is the overriding consideration behind every act of governance. Competence and good management skills are not valued unless they are used to politicize departmental operations and policy.
The Bush legacy will be this attempt to subvert the rule of law into a rule of men. This administration has created a kind of government similar to that which inspired the American revolution 200 years ago, one in which the people have no representation in a government that imposes its will against their wishes.
But this isn't 1770, its 2007. The American people lack the quality of courage that their ancestors possessed, so a new revolution to restore their Constitutional rights simply isn't going to happen. As a result, we no longer live in an American Republic; we live instead under an Amerikan Empire.
Fortunately, for the rest of the world, the NeoConservative political movement won't be able to sustain this New World Order for much longer – but we will pay a high price here at home for allowing this takeover of our own government to happen in the first place, and for not reclaiming what is rightfully ours once the theft became apparent. It's a price we deserve to pay...
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