Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pardon Me?

The Presidential Pardon is a time-honored tradition with strong moral roots. For instance, Abraham Lincoln passed out many merciful pardons to fellow Americans that were temporarily labeled his enemies. Unfortunately, it has evolved into a corrupt form of political currency that has seen the likes of Jimmy Hoffa (Nixon), Marc Rich (Clinton), and most recently Scooter Libby (Bush) walk away with clean slates. I wonder if the President should retain the exclusive and unregulated power of pardon, which seems to have become only a tool of abuse for the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For reference, here are the 10 most notorious Presidential Pardons from Time Inc.