Saturday, November 13, 2004

Remembering John Ashcroft


He is one of the greatest Christians to ever serve his nation and the most hated man in government.

“John Ashcroft was among the best attorneys general in American history,” writes Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large for National Review Online, in his article, “Polarizing Patriot.”

Violent crime dropped 27 percent, federal gun crime persecutions rose 75 percent, violent crime reached a 30-year low and not one terrorist attack has occurred since 9/11.

Despite these achievements, he has been attacked for practicing his Christian faith. “He's a gospel-singing son of a minister who doesn't drink, smoke or dance. Critics say he improperly brought religion into the workplace, with optional daily prayer meetings,” says the critical Associated Press.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Said, before his confirmation, "I think that we have a right to look at John Ashcroft's religion." The senator disregarded the U.S. Constitution, which says, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

Ashcroft was called “narrow-minded bigot” because dared to tell the truth about Islam. “Islam is a religion in which men send their sons to die for God. Christianity is a religion in which God sends His son to die for men,” said Ashcroft.

He was widely ridiculed when his aides ordered topless statues be covered up. It was the only way they saw to stop the news organizations from framing pictures of Ashcroft so he was always beside a topless statue.

Presidential candidate Howard Dean labeled him with the dirtiest name in the liberal vocabulary: “A direct descendant of Joseph McCarthy.”

The worst venom was spewed at him over Section 215 of the hated Patriot Act, which allows the government to search library records. In fact not one library record was ever searched.

The Washington Post accused him of “presiding over an alarming roundup of immigrants after the 9/11 attacks when all he did was send letters to some people asking them to come in for voluntary interviews.

Mr. Ashcroft‘s great persecution may be the greatest compliment paid him. The Bible says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12). Mr. Ashcroft, you have passed this test of godliness.

As you retire from your office Mr. Attorney General, we offer you this blessing: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:11, 12).
UPDATE: Ashcroft says judges threaten national security. (Hat tip: Drudge)

In his first remarks since his resignation was announced Tuesday, Ashcroft forcefully denounced what he called "a profoundly disturbing trend" among some judges to interfere in the president's constitutional authority to make decisions during war.

"The danger I see here is that intrusive judicial oversight and second-guessing of presidential determinations in these critical areas can put at risk the very security of our nation in a time of war," Ashcroft said in a speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers' group.

The Justice Department announced this week it would seek to overturn a ruling by U.S. District Judge James Robertson in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who the government contends was Osama bin Laden's driver.

Robertson halted Hamdan's trial by military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rejecting the Bush administration's position that the Geneva Conventions governing prisoners of war do not apply to al-Qaida members because they are not soldiers of a true state and do not fight by international norms.

Without mentioning that case specifically, Ashcroft criticized rulings he said found "expansive private rights in treaties where they never existed" that run counter to the broad discretionary powers given the president by the Constitution.

"Courts are not equipped to execute the law. They are not accountable to the people," Ashcroft said.


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