Thumbing his nose at the country, President Bush awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to convicted felon Chuck Colson. Colson, who was Nixon’s lawyer during Watergate, has been described as the “evil genius” of the Nixon administration. He tried to hire thugs to beat up anti-war demonstrators, plotted to firebomb the Brookings institution, and was eventually convicted of obstruction of justice for interfering with the trial of Daniel Ellsberg.
After prison, Colson predictably turned to religion, forming the “Prison Fellowship” which is supposedly supports prisoners and their victims, but also is active politically, advocating for privately run prisons and turning all government social programs over to faith-based groups. Colson has worked with Pat Robertson and James Dobson on the development of political strategy. As for his religious views, he was a strong supporter of the invasion of Iraq, and more recently he spoke out in support of California’s Proposition 8, accusing the LGBT community of “anti-religious bigotry”.
How ironic is it for a convicted felon and unrepentant domestic terrorist to receive the Presidential Citizens Award from Bush?