Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Why Is Karl Rove Still Employed By George Bush?

The truth on the Valerie Plame incident is slowly starting to come out, and while no formal charges have been filed against Karl Rove, journalist Robert Novak confirms that Rove was indeed one of his sources. On February 11, 2004, CNN quoted President Bush as saying, "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of." Even the conservative Fox News reports that Novak is not the first reporter to implicate Rove, which raises a question. Why is Karl Rove employed by the White House? Simple.

President Bush is splitting legal hairs, in a way that even Bill Clinton would have to admire.

While Mr. Clinton managed to muddy the law concerning the legal definition of sex, Mr. Bush is attempting to redefine what is considered treason. Since special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald announced that Rove won't be charged in the leak case, Mr. Bush can argue that technically, Rove has not "violated law." Whether Mr. Fitzgerald is helping Rove to skate, or setting him up to go after someone bigger, say the Vice President for example, remains to be seen.

It's the spirit of the law that matters here!

And it is now clear that Karl Rove violated that. By confirming Valarie Plame's identity as an undercover CIA operative, to Robert Novak and others in the media, the spirit of the law was violated and George Bush knows it. Members of an administration should be above reproach especially when dealing with issues of national security and Karl Rove failed that litmus test. By allowing him to remain as a member of his administration, so has Mr. Bush. This should be unacceptable to Americans of any political persuasion.

What you can do about it:

  • Call your Senators and Representatives. Ask them to publicly call for the President to terminate Karl Rove's employment within the administration. The number for the Congressional switchboard is: (202) 224-3121

  • E-mail your Senator or Representative and ask them to the same. Multiple contacts have a way of making an impression.

  • E-mail President Bush and demand that he restore integrity to the Executive Branch by terminating Mr. Rove.

  • After mid-term election repeat the first two steps and ask a (hopefully) Democratic majority in Congress to launch independent investigations into the Valerie Plame affair.

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