No on Gonzalez

From Daily Kos, signed by all past and present Kos management, and a growing host of other blogs, including this one. Excerpts follow, read the whole thing. Daily Kos gets millions of hits and is probably the foremost liberal/leftie blog. Kos will take serious hits and attacks because of this. Let’s support him.

No on Gonzales. 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 Convention, 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.

With this nomination, we have arrived at a crossroads as a nation. Now is the time for all citizens of conscience to stand up and take responsibility for what the world saw, and, truly, much that we have not seen, at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. We oppose the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States, and we urge the Senate to reject him.

Gonzales is a thug. Public opinion has most definitely been turning leftward of late, with opposition to the war now mainstream. Bush’s Social Security theft, oh sorry “privatization” appears DOA, and Democratic senators led by Boxer are finally speaking out against the war and against the thugs. We may not stop Gonzales from getting the post, but we can make his tenure very difficult. The tide is turning our way. Keep the faith, keep organizing.

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