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Monday
Jun062005

What Ever Happened to What is Wrong is Wrong?

I am blown away. The news that Mark Felt, the number two man at the FBI was in fact Deep Throat was amazing. But what was more amazing to me was President Bush's response to hearing the story. What response, you ask? Well, the President saying its hard for him to judge if Felt was right to leak Watergate details to the Washington Post.

Let me get this right. President Nixon was a criminal. That is certain. He was an unindicted co-conspirator in the break in at the Watergate Hotel and should have gone to prison like many others involved in the break in and subsequent cover up. And it is hard for President Bush to judge if Felt was right to leak it?

What the hell is wrong with this picture when we have such moral relativism that we can explain away the moral and legal rot that took place in the White House some 30 plus years ago.
What ever happened to wrong is wrong, is wrong, is wrong?

What President Nixon did was nothing short of criminal. As a former prosecutor, if I were in the Justice Department at the time, I would have prosecuted him. You know what, if it had been a Democrat who was the criminal, I would have prosecuted him. Why? Because it is an affront to all of us when our political leaders treat us like dupes and take refuge behind their political hacks or misinformed public who are just trying to be "good Republicans" or "good Democrats." How about "good Americans" for once?

One of the biggest problems in this country is that we have decided that it is better to be on the winning side, better to protect our own, better to play the game, than it is to do what is right!
When I go home at night, I try to teach my kids about right and wrong. I try to talk to them about character, about standing up for those who can't stand up for themselves and about telling the truth. After watching the news and reading the papers, I'm not sure what to tell my girls now.

My President can't seem to make the distinction between protecting a crook, but not just any crook, the President of the United States. And worse, I have the sinking feeling that if this were a Democrat, this President would have given Mark Felt a parade and bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon him. I sure hope I'm wrong but I don't know . . .

The President needs to come out and say it simply and clearly. What is wrong, is wrong, is wrong, is wrong. Regardless of whether or not it cuts in your favor, your party's favor, anybody's favor. Since 9/11, many people in this country having been wearing patriotism like a mantle and that is good. However, what is so disturbing is that some have tried to use patriotism like a club against others here who may not agree with their political beliefs. Well, you know what? Standing up for what is right is what patriotism is all about.
Jack Rice is a former CIA Officer, prosecutor and host of the Jack Rice Show on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis.

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