Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign.
The attorney general is America’s highest law enforcement officer. As such, the position serves the American people.
Donald Sheilds and John Cragan have demonstrated that the U.S. Attorney’s office has engaged in political profiling under the direction of the Bush Administration (see epluribusmedia.org) “that the offices of the U.S. Attorneys across the nation investigate seven times as many Democratic officials as they investigate Republican officials, a number that exceeds even the racial profiling of African Americans in traffic stops.”
The pattern of firings of U.S. attorneys in relation to their investigations of political figures is troubling. While U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, to fire U.S. attorneys during ongoing investigations of Republican legislators, or for failing to indict Democrat legislators all too strongly smacks of partisanship of the worst kind at best, and obstruction of justice at worst, with abandonment of the rule of law somewhere in-between.
In this regard, as well as his other twistings of the Constitution to the administration’s benefit (and our loss), Gonzales’ actions demonstrate that he thinks of himself as still President Bush’s counsel, not the people’s counsel.
Therefore, Gonzales should resign.