Pubdate: Thu, 23 May 2002
Source: Huntsville Times (AL)
Copyright: 2002 The Huntsville Times
Author: Allan Erickson
Bookmark: (Ashcroft, John)
Bookmark: (Hutchinson, Asa)
Bookmark: (Walters, John)


Wow! David Prather speaks for many in his excellent column on Attorney 
General John Ashcroft in The Times on May 15. Ashcroft's pestilent fantasy 
of establishing a rigid theocracy must be condemned. Indeed his zealous 
attitude overrides accomplishing the tasks described in his job 
description. Along with Asa Hutchinson and John Walters, he has been handed 
the ever messier policy of drugs prohibition.

He is the bureaucrat handed the King's chamber pot. His job? Declare it 
gold and convince the serfs that it is gold. The citizens, er, serfs in 
Ashcroft's fiefdom however are beginning to notice an odor emanating from 
the proclaimed pot of gold.

If our AG does not understand the law of this land then he is unfit for his 
job. Obviously he lacks understanding of state's rights issues and their 
correspondence to voter, er, serf mandate.

We did not elect Ashcroft but we know who did and we know who approved his 
nomination and they are elected. Or not.

Allan Erickson,

Eugene, Ore.
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