Good Bye, Mr. Ashcroft
Attorney General Ashcroft has resigned and will stay on only until his
successor takes office. President Bush has announced that his nomination to
succeed Mr. Ashcroft will be Alberto Gonzales, currently White House
General Counsel. While we rarely stray from immigration law in our
comments - the announced departure of Mr. Ashcroft is an important occasion
to reflect upon Mr. Ashcroft's actions as Attorney General.
Post-9/11, Mr. Ashcroft had to do a difficult job that was made
particularly difficult by the President's order to him to pre-empt future
acts of terrorism on American soil. This was an unprecedented duty to
burden the DOJ with, and future experience may well show that DOJ, and
especially its largest enforcement arm - the FBI, is not the appropriate
institution to discharge such duty. By his aggressive approach to
immigration issues, he has sown the wind - his successors will reap the
whirlwind of reaction from the bar, and more importantly - from the federal
We believe that Mr. Ashcroft was and is ill-informed on the bedrock
American principle of liberty. In remarks before the Eighth Circuit Judges
Conference in August 2002, Mr. Ashcroft said " ... we cannot allow those
who would destroy America [to] use our liberties as weapons against us. In
order for there to be liberty in America, there must be an America." He
went on to advocate "ordered liberty" which he described (correctly) as
"the structure that, by directing and constraining the actions of
individuals, allows us each the freedom to achieve the potential that is
within us." Where we believe Mr. Ashcroft erred egregiously was in
believing that the only proper understanding of liberty in the American
tradition is "ordered liberty". In fact as David Hackett Fischer
demonstrates in his book "Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America"
there are four distinct strands of liberty that taken together constitute
the American understanding of liberty - "ordered liberty", "hegemonic
liberty", "reciprocal liberty" and "natural liberty" (we recommend Mr.
Fischer's book to those interested in exploring this issue further). As Mr. Fischer describes in his book it is the tension between these four different concepts of liberty that vitalizes all of them and keeps liberty alive. These
four distinct threads of liberty combine to form the fabric that is the
Why is this important? Because, by elevating his own concept of liberty
over all the others, Mr. Ashcroft has diminished liberty in America, not
enhanced it during his tenure. And when liberty is diminished all Americans
suffer - Democrats and Republicans alike, conservatives and liberals alike.
We have warned before in this space that the powers that the Attorney
General had grabbed for his office could well be used in the future against
those cheering him on - including the anti-immigrationists. So, if and when
Mr. Tancredo finds himself placed in expedited removal for suspicion of
being a terrorist from Kryptonistan - well, we told you so.
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