The Republicans SAY that they stand for smaller government, strong defense, family values, fiscal responsibility, and law and order. The last four years show that is not really the case any more. The reality is that they have increased the government’s size with the homeland security department, practically broken the military with the war and occupation in Iraq, run up huge debts and bills to China, and now they’re showing how they really feel about law and order (the concept, not the TV show).

The Los Angeles Times explains their dilemma like this:

The fate of convicted former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has thrown a twist into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, forcing candidates to make an awkward choice between loyalty to a party stalwart and reverence for the rule of law.The issue erupted during Tuesday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, hours after Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice — reflecting an intensifying debate in Republican circles over whether President Bush should pardon Libby before he would have to report to prison.

The Republican candidates (and the talk show hosts) all make it sound like there is nothing wrong with obstruction of justice or lying to the FBI or perjury. WHAT ABOUT LAW & ORDER? Do they only want to throw the book at people that are likely to vote democratic?

Also from the same LA Times article:

“If the public believes there’s one law for a certain group of people in high places and another law for regular people, then you will destroy the law and destroy the system,” Gilmore, a former Virginia attorney general and ex-Republican National Committee chairman, said Wednesday.

Listen up GOP: If you don’t start playing fair and at least showing some of the actions consistent with what you say, no one will ever take you seriously. The constitution and the legal system and the country should be more important to you than your party. If they’re not, you have no business being in charge of anything.