Never in the history of the United States-not even during the administration of Richard M. Nixon-has a White House made claims of executive privilege in order to protect their dirty secrets from sending them to jail with the frequency that has taken place during the years that the White House has been occupied by George W. Bush. Executive privilege exists in order to protect matters of national security from being made public; it remains to be explained how the fact that Alberto Gonzalez was ordered by Karl Rove to fire a US Attorney so that one of his buffet buddies could take the guy’s place is a matter of urgent national security. You may think that George W. Bush’s steadfast refusal to play by the rules is something that he inherited from the King of Secrets, your Vice President, Dick Cheney. You would be wrong to assume that.
This little story proves two things. One, George W. Bush is, without question, the biggest dickwad ever to be elected leader of any country anywhere. And two, he has never had to worry about following the same laws that apply to you and I and that is why he persists in his delusion that he can get away with anything. Well, maybe that’s not such a delusion after all; George W. Bush does seem to get away with breaking laws that would have normal people rotting in jail. As you or may not know, one of the string of failures that marks George W. Bush’s life is his shocking inability to become a successful oil man in Texas. Remarkable, really. George W. used his family’s money and connections to buy a small oil company and was forced to change the name after people began making fun of its name and his inability to find oil: Arbusto. Even name changes couldn’t fix things, however. Finally, however, with the backing of money from some Saudi oil guys named Bin Laden-not just a coincidence, mind you-George W. Bush finally hit it big in oil by bailing out at just the right time. By this time Bush had given up hopes of founding his own fortune and joined in with Harken Energy; not much later after coming on board, George W. Bush sold off his shares while they hovered around $4. A few months later those same shares were selling for just a little over a buck. Either George’s luck changed significantly or else he finally learned how to use all the education his daddy bought for him. Or…something else.
The reason George W. Bush sold his shares was to pay off a loan involved in the purchasing of the Texas Rangers baseball team. (Another massive failure on George’s part.) Remember, now, that before he became a War President and even before he was the Education President, George W. Bush liked to tout himself as the MBA President. He had a business degree and a string of business failures to prove it. Not being just any idiot with a bought and paid for degree, George W. Bush went to the general counsel of Harken Energy to ask for advice on selling off his bundle of shares during negotiations to spin off two of its divisions that were giving Harken headaches. What was the general counsel’s advice to George W. Bush?
A little piece of paper that explained in intricate detail what insider trading was and how if you got caught doing it you could pay a severe penalty. In other words, the general counsel of Harken Energy tried, in the plainest and simplest way possible, to get George W. Bush to back off from selling those shares. Well, you can imagine what George’s response was. Remember, this is the guy who has so far considered everyone else on earth to be dumber than Karl Rove and Dick Cheney when it comes to understanding the politics of the Middle East. George W. Bush sold off his shares for a tidy little profit and almost immediately the Securities and Exchange Commission began asking for documents related to the stock sale. And here is where it gets interesting.
George W. Bush claimed that he wasn’t required to hand over those documents because they were private documents between he and his lawyer. Well, even a member of my own law firm of Howard, Howard and Fine can tell you that this could not possibly be true but guess what? The SEC backed down and didn’t pursue Bush’s line of reasoning. Despite the fact that George W. Bush quite clearly was involved in activities consistent with insider trading, he was not even charged. He wasn’t even investigated. His documents remained his own, never subject to subpoena. Wonder why? I can’t say for sure. All’s I know are these things:
1) George’s daddy was President of the United States at the time.
2) The head of the SEC was Richard Breeden, a good friend of the Bush family who, surprise surprise, had been appointed to that position by…Pres. George H. W. Bush.
Still wonder why George W. Bush doesn’t think he actually has to obey the laws under which you and I are restricted? Compounding the fact that George think he is too good to have to submit to the laws of the land is the fact that we now have jellyfish in charged of Congress instead of human beings.