President Bush commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby today. He did not pardon Scooter Libby; however, he did make it so that Scooter Libby will not serve time in jail.
This will enrage some and satisfy others; unfortunately, many of those enraged or those satisfied will do so based on Party affiliation rather then a consistent viewpoint on the issue.
The power of the President to issue Pardons is clear in The Constitution.
In my opinion the power has been abused in recent years by many Presidents.
Jimmy Carter badly abused it when he "forgave" a whole crop of Viet-Nam draft dodgers. That is one of the reasons I feel that Jimmy Carter was the worst Presdient in recent history; however, I have to admit that our current President is the second worst and seems to be trying to surpass Jimmy Carter's terrible Presidency.
I think President Bush Sr. abused it when he pardoned six of those involved in Iran Contra BEFORE the trial.
The list goes on. Presidents have a history of using this power to protect and help those in their Party and those who support them. I think it is wrong.
What I really hate about pardons is the last minute pardons that Presidents grant on their last day in office; for example, Bill Clinton pardoned a bunch of people right before he left office.
I think that many of our recent Presidents have abused the Presidential Pardon. I do not care of it is Democrats or Republicans who do it, it is wrong if done for political reasons.
The only thing I like about the commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence is that it was done in the open and not done on President Bush's last day in office...
One of the things I hate about Presidential Pardons is that many of the same people who defended Bill Clinton when he pardoned a host of criminals in the "dark of night" right before he left office will be the same people who condemn President Bush for commuting Scooter Libby's sentence.
I think people should view this issue from a non-partisan perspective.