In 2000, George W. Bush promised to "restore honor and dignity to the White House."
That pledge, as is the case with virtually all Bush promises, lies in tatters.
Several weeks ago, Claude Allen --George Bush's domestic policy czar--abruptly resigned.Â No reason (aside from the pro forma 'spend more time with my family') was given.
Claude Allen was a hardline social conservative.Â His job as Bush's domestic policy czar was to ensure the demands of social conservatives were being satisfied.Â In this role, Allen was the religious right's pipeline to Bush.Â Allen was described as "a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education who for years has been one of the AIDS community's principal enemies."
So when Allen suddenly departed the administration---a lot of questions were being asked.Â Some speculated Allen was dissatisfied with Bush's lack of progress on issues held dear by James Dobson,Â Lou Shelton, and Jerry Falwell.
It turns out Allen--a darling of the evangelical hard right--must have missed the Sunday School lesson about the Eighth Commandment:
News today may shed light on the mystery of Allen's resignation. According to the Montgomery County Police Department, Allen was arrested yesterday and charged in a felony theft and a felony theft scheme. According to a department press release, Allen conducted approximately 25 fraudulent "refunds" in Target and Hecht's stores in Maryland. On Jan. 2, a Target employee apprehended Allen after observing him receive a refund for merchandise he had not purchased. Target then contacted the Montgomery County Police. According to a source familiar with the case, Target and the police had been observing Allen since October 2005.
Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, the list goes on and on.Â Illegal wiretaps. Secret Prison camps. Torture and murder. Halliburton, Enron. Jack Abramoff.
How much more honor and dignity can you take?