Tuesday, July 3, 2007
It dropeth as the gentle rain from heaven...on my friends
Shakespeare's Portia claimed: "The quality of mercy is not strained..."
Perhaps George W once read The Merchant of Venice, or maybe, once, he at least adjusted some venetian blinds.
Whatever the case, he seems to take Portia's words to heart. Issuing mercy to his good friend, Scooter Libby, despite the fact that he has said, "I respect the jury's decision," it's unlikely that our plucky president is suddenly going to respect the rule of law now. And so, he has shown mercy, because, as Portia says: "It blesseth him that gives and him that takes."
Unfortunately, this mercy did not seem to be available to the 131 prisoners Bush signed execution orders for when he was Governor of Texas.
He's likely making up for lost time. That makes 130 pardons for friends, political associates, donors, cronies...now, where did I put Jack Abramoff's number?