Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Inherent worth and dignity indeed

Armando at DailyKos has authored a call that has been endorsed by a large number of bloggers. If you covenant to promote and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people (or if you love your neighbor as yourself) you might feel compelled to join in and say No to Gonzalez

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. In this case, we, the undersigned bloggers, have decided to speak as one and collectively author a document of opposition. We oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to the position of Attorney General of the United States, and we urge every United States Senator to vote against him.

As the prime legal architect for the policy of torture adopted by the Bush Administration, Gonzales's advice led directly to the abandonment of longstanding federal laws, the Geneva Conventions, and the United States Constitution itself. Our country, in following Gonzales's legal opinions, has forsaken its commitment to human rights and the rule of law and shamed itself before the world with our conduct at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. The United States, a nation founded on respect for law and human rights, should not have as its Attorney General the architect of the law's undoing.

In January 2002, Gonzales advised the President that the United States Constitution does not apply to his actions as Commander in Chief, and thus the President could declare the Geneva Conventions inoperative. Gonzales's endorsement of the August 2002 Bybee/Yoo Memorandum approved a definition of torture so vague and evasive as to declare it nonexistent. Most shockingly, he has embraced the unacceptable view that the President has the power to ignore the Constitution, laws duly enacted by Congress and International treaties duly ratified by the United States. He has called the Geneva Conventions "quaint."

3 Comments:

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Walker said...

My No on Gonzales Challenge

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger Walker said...

Urgent Call To Action:I don't know how soon the Senate will be taking up the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to Attorney General of the United States. But I do know there is no time to lose in getting people all over the country to call their Senators and urge them to oppose Gonzales.

With the help of others in the DailyKos community, I've prepared this leaflet which can be printed on brightly colored paper, cut into quarters, and passed out wherever people congregate.

So blogs are uniting against Gonzales, and that's terrific. There's no substitute for face to face contact, though. Creating a buzz on the net is one thing, but being a physical presence in the community is where we have to go.

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear LCU:

Best of luck with your site--please visit ours at velvelonnationalaffairs.blogspot.com and add us to your listings if possible, (as well as reply to our postings.) All best,

rk

 

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