Torture Bad Enough—But Bush AG Pick Gonzales Also Useless On Immigration, Quotas

Despite Alberto Gonzales`s

dismaying performance
before Senators last week,
when he repeatedly refused to recant his earlier
assertion that the President has the unilateral right to
set aside Congress` laws against torture, it appears the

fix is in
. Gonzales will become the head of the

Dept. of Justice
(?!) and, as we are incessantly
reminded, the first Hispanic Attorney General.

It`s also widely assumed that Bush
will later

nominate Gonzales for the Supreme Court.

The likelihood of

Gonzales being confirmed
stems in part from the Bush
administration`s readiness to play the

Johnnie Cochran-

race card.
Republicans have increasingly taken to
slandering as

anybody who criticizes a minority Bush
appointee. And, of course, Gonzales would indeed be the

first Hispanic
etc. etc.

Yet, what we haven`t heard is much
evidence that Hispanics particularly want to be
represented by a national embarrassment like Gonzales.

Would you?

The best you can say for Gonzales
is that he`s a tool. He`s a classic minion whose career
over the

last decade
has consisted of concocting legal
rationalizations for whatever George W. Bush wants to

What Bush wants to do is why
VDARE.COM has its own questions for Gonzales—which the
Senate appears unlikely to ask. Gonzales has been an
enforcer in Bush`s campaign to flood the country with
immigrants, legal and illegal, and re-engineer it with

racial quotas.

Thus the Bush Administration failed
to do what it would take to get

Miguel Estrada
, a

principled conservative
opposed to

affirmative action,
confirmed to the federal bench.
But Gonzales, who has repeatedly defended

ethnic preferences
, is a much higher priority.


saved racial quotas
in the 2003 University of
Michigan cases Grutter and Gratz by

the anti-affirmative action briefs written
by Ted Olson—the truly tragic figure in this


Howard Sutherland
, VDARE.COM`s legal expert, wrote:

"According to

Robert Novak
and others, Olson`s original drafts did
argue against any consideration of race, rejecting the
current shibboleth that government has a “compelling
interest” in the racial composition of student bodies.
But between Olson and Bush stood White House counsel,
former Texas Supreme Court Justice and certified
Bushbuddy Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales

affirmative action and

. He revised the briefs to laud diversity and
emphasize government`s compelling interest in achieving
it, excising any call to eliminate preferences other
than explicit quotas. Olson apparently never got to make
his case to the president–who apparently agrees with
Gonzales anyway, in as far as he thinks about it at

Gonzales thus delivered a massive
hint to Justice Sandra Day O`Connor that she should
craft her Bakke-style pseudo-compromise
preserving racial preferences. At VDARE.COM, we call the
incoherent result the

“Michigan Mess.”

Moreover, Gonzales is so pro-illegal
immigration that in his Senate testimony last week he
used what I`ve called the "ultimate
that illegal aliens are "lawful

That`s not a slip of the tongue.
Gonzales has a relentless prejudice in favor of
authoritarian lawlessness, which is why the President
wants to make him the nation`s chief law enforcement
officer. Here, for instance, are his

semi-coherent thoughts
from last Thursday`s hearing
on enforcing the immigration laws:

Gonzales: "There is no requirement, of course, upon
state and locals to enforce federal immigration laws. It
is purely voluntary. In fact, of course, some states
have prohibitions
They couldn`t, even if they wanted to.
[They couldn`t
In some cases, the department, as I
understand it, has entered into with state and local
departments in terms of memorandums of understandings in
order to enforce this
I certainly am sensitive to the

that some

local law enforcement people
don`t want to exercise
this authority. Well, we`re not saying that they have
to. If they want to they can assist in fighting the war
on terror, that`s what this opinion allows us to do.
Personally I would worry about a policy that permits
someone, a

local law enforcement official,
to use this
authority somehow as a club to harass uuhh they might be
unlawful aliens but otherwise lawful

That would be troubling.
That would be troubling to the President."

The National Council of La Raza
(i.e., "The Race") has saluted Gonzales as a
fellow-traveler in

mestizo supremacist circles.
According to
WorldNetDaily (November
24, 2004)

"Alberto Gonzales served with distinction on the board
of directors of one of NCLR`s oldest and most respected
affiliates, the Association for the Advancement of
Mexican Americans in Houston, Texas," [
Janet Murguia,
NCLR executive director and chief operating officer]
said. "Moreover, during his tenure as White House
counsel, he has been one of the most accessible members
of the White House staff to NCLR and other Hispanic

Press Release

There`s no doubt that if a white,
or even an African-American, nominee for Attorney
General was

to a group that called itself "The
he would be asked to distance himself
from it.

The white American establishment,
however, is condescendingly unaware of the very
existence of the concept of mestizo supremacism—even
though that has been the

official ideology
of the

Mexican government
since 1928.

There is also the detail that
Gonzales is flamingly inept. He recently vetted and
endorsed the now-withdrawn nomination of the

gangsterish Bernie Kerik
to be Secretary of Homeland
Security. But, Bush

never fires
anybody for incompetence, just for
independence. And that`s the single sin you can be sure
Gonzales won`t commit.

And don`t believe the NRO
crowd that only anti-American liberal wimps worry about
little things like torture and tearing up the Geneva
conventions. FBI

and military officers are also aghast at what
Gonzales has done. Twelve high-ranking retired admirals
and generals, including former Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff

John Shalikashvili
, have criticized Gonzales in an

open letter
to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

After World War I,

Winston Churchill
forlornly reflected:

all was over, torture and cannibalism were the only two
expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian
States had been able to deny themselves: and these were
of doubtful utility."

I never thought I`d be nostalgic
for the First World War. But the rapidity with which the
Bush Administration,

egged on
by Gonzales, turned during their
dramatically less desperate wars to

Afghan and

Iraqi prisoners
(70-90 percent of whom were arrested

) makes the Great War look like a moral
Golden Age.

One of the best things that
happened to George H.W. Bush`s administration was the
Senate`s 1989 rejection of the new President`s
nomination of their hard-drinking colleague

John Tower
as Secretary of Defense.

The senior Bush then put forward
Dick Cheney, who proved as rational and capable during
the First Gulf War as he showed himself

hysterical and untrustworthy
during the run-up to
the Second.

Similarly, the junior Bush escaped
serious damage when the atrocious Kerik`s nomination
collapsed quickly before the

became a long-term blot upon the

Republican Senators should do their
President a major favor and reject his unqualified legal
lackey before Gonzales brings additional shame on the
Administration and the country.

But, beyond that, they absolutely
must reject him because his nomination is part of Bush`s
extraordinary attempt to abolish America through mass
immigration and replace it with some

Tex-Mex oligarchic paradise.

[Steve Sailer [email
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