Unity08: Unity is More Important Than Torture or the Rule of Law
This morning, Unity08 staff made the following blog post to, as they put it, “Stoke the Fire”:
More reasons why we need to join together to reunite our country:…
Here We Go Again: “Just when you thought someone might be confirmed in Washington without a partisan fight, Senate Democrats are suggesting they may not approve Michael Mukasey as Attorney General after all,” Wall Street Journal laments.
Unity08 considers the failure of everybody in the Senate to just go ahead and confirm Michael Mukasey to be a reason “why we need to join together to reunite our country.” “Here We Go Again,” Unity08 writes in disdain of senatorial dissent.
I don’t like to post over at Unity08 because they tend to delete dissenting posts to create the illusion of Unity. But the idea that Unity08 would rather our politicians just agree rather than have disagreements about crucially important matters was just too galling. I couldn’t let that go, so I wrote the and submitted the following comment:
Well, Unity08, sometimes there are substantive reasons not to just agree and go along with something.
Let’s take the case of Michael Mukasey. 18 U.S.C. 2340 specifically defines as torture a government interrogation technique that creates the threat of imminent death. I encourage readers to Google “18 U.S.C. 2340” and read the text of the law for themselves. But Michael Mukasey has refused multiple times to define waterboarding, a procedure designed to create threat of imminent death, as torture. Given that Michael Mukasey has been nominated to take the position of America’s top law enforcement official, this is a problem.
Michael Mukasey has also indicated in testimony before the Senate that the President of the United States may break the law if he feels it necessary to protect national security interests. Putting the president above the law is a problem for someone who wants to be America’s top law enforcement official.
Torture and the rule of law are significant substantive issues. Does Unity08 really believe that it is better for everybody to just agree when there are large actual substantive disagreements having to do with substantively important matters? The inclusion of the blurb on Mukasey, accompanied by the dismissive line, “Here We Go Again,” indicates that this may be so. That’s disturbing to me, and I hope it’s disturbing to others.
Besides, Unity08 is simply getting its facts wrong in the matter. The dispute regarding Mukasey is not strictly partisan. Charles Schumer, a Senate Democrat, introduced Mukasey and has been a major backer of him. John McCain, Charles Grassley, Lindsey Graham and Arlen Specter have come out with strong public criticisms of Michael Mukasey and have indicated they may vote against his confirmation. They are all Republicans.
I sincerely hope you make a correction to this factually inaccurate and morally chilling blog post.
When I submitted the comment for posting, the comment failed to appear. Multiple attempts to post this message across the span of six hours have continued to fail. Is this another in a long line of Unity08 technology failures, or have I lost posting privileges like Dave Farrar did, in contravention of Unity08 rules which stipulate that Unity08 members are entitled to full participation?