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    The Book of James: We Could All Learn A Lesson From Scooter

    In this day and age, chivalry is a hard thing to come by. Gone are the men who lay their coat on puddles to save the feet of their women; gone are the days of standing up for what you believe is right; and gone are the days that men of great power take a deliberate nose dive in court to save their superiors. I am proud to say that, despite the moral decay of today’s society, Scooter Libby’s actions show us that blind and undying loyalty may not be dead after all.

    Friends and associates of Scooter have referred to him as quite possibly the smartest man alive. He wouldn’t forget what he ate for breakfast three years ago, or the waiter who served him, his associates fondly remember. What an act of courage, then, that he would walk into a courtroom, look the jury right in the eye and lie that he had no recollection of speaking with one of the most influential journalists of our day! This man doesn’t deserve jail time ‘- he deserves a Medal of Freedom.

    It’s no wonder Dick Cheney stands up for Scooter’s character, calling him a ‘good man’ whenever he gets the chance. As it turns out, Cheney wasn’t even the source of the leak; Libby’s boss wasn’t even the one he was protecting. Karl Rove was the chief architect of the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame for political revenge. That good ol’ Scooter entered court with one thing in mind ‘- to make the most amateur defense in modern history, all to protect friends of his boss. If that isn’t true valor, then I don’t know what is.

    I think we all remember a certain Vice President who played deaf as his Commander-in-Chief sounded the alarm. When Bill Clinton was taking a roasting by the Republicans in the late 90s over having an affair in the Oval Office, Al Gore was nowhere to be found. Not once did Al Gore lie to save his boss. Not once did Al Gore jeopardize this nation’s security by leaking classified information to reporters. And not once did Al Gore step up to the plate to be a true American Hero.

    When the impeachment hearings are called for George W. Bush for fabricating pre-war intelligence, we will all get to see Dick Cheney, mentor to Scooter, fall on his sword for his boss, the President of the United States of America. Then, and only then, will the American people know what truly good men run this nation, right up to the very top. God Bless America, and God Bless Republicans.

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