Saturday, March 31, 2007
Monica Goodling and 149 Others
There are 150 Graduates of Pat Robertsons Regent University now filling positions in the Bush Administration. Monica Gooding, a previously unknown figure in the Justice Department, is one of them.
Goodling became a key figure in the Attorney Gate Scandal now unfolding, when emails revealed the role she played in the firing of 7 US Attorneys. She has been told to testify under oath before Congress and has pled the Fifth Amendment because she may be afraid to testify before the White House has decided what its story is.
Monica earned her law degree from Robertsons Regent University, where her Boss, Gonzalezs' predecessor, John Ashcroft is currently cooling his heels as the schools "Distinguished Professor of Law and Government". The Universitys aim is to create a Christian revolution by producing Christian Leaders who will make a difference. By purging politically disloyal prosecutors, Monica Goodling has done her part to pursue Robertson Revolutionary goal.
The Bush Administration has looked to the University as a reliable pool of well-groomed Republican ideologues eager to wage culture war from the inside. Kay Cole James, the former dean of the Regents School of Government became Bush's principle advisor from 2001 until 2005 in matters of adminsitration of the Federal Civil Service. She cut back the role of the powerful union during her tenure. Now she is a fequent guest on James Dobsons radio show.
Another prominent Administration figure is Jim David, who is now the dean of Regents School of Government. He was in the Justice Department as deputy director of the Faith Based and Community Initiative.
After Hurricane Katrina, David wrote in one of his columns on Regents website, "We do not grieve, however, for the flooded and destroyed sex clubs that filled men with lust and degraded women," David wrote. "We do not miss the casinos that preyed upon individuals whose lack of self-control deprived families of needed food and shelter. We do not lament the destruction of voodoo stores prevalent in New Orleans before the flood."
Goodling learned her lessons well at Regents and learned to become a cog in the Administrations political machine. She consulted with Republican activists in 2006 to plot the firing of New Mexicos' David Inglisias. Now she is under intense scrutiny and is invoking a man made law, the Fifth Amendment to prevent her from breaking a comandment, Thou shalt not Lie!
Incidentally, the Faith Based Initiative program started by Robertson to supposedly do the governments work in charity operations has been accused of wasting and shortchanging the people it is supposed to be helping. It has taken over 14 million dollars of grants from the Administration in the last 6 years and very little of that has gone to the programs that were supposed to filling the place of government "welfare".
Robertson can hire private jets to ferry supreme court justices down for speaking engagements for his university!