Saturday, March 17, 2007

Support the Kucinich Plan for Impeachment

Minutes ago the U.S. Senate AGAIN failed to exercise meaningful oversight
for the national suicide which is our policy in Iraq. It is by now
abundantly clear that the Republican caucus is determined to go down with
the Bush presidency, and take our military and our country with them while
they do nothing. Instead, a bipartisan cattle stampede of senators approved
two "we don't hate the troops" resolutions, nothing but vain puffery,
swearing to take "no action" about this or that. We don't in the slightest
care about what action Congress is NOT going to take, we want to know is
what they ARE going to do to reverse the insanity of current policy.

On the occasion of the guilty verdicts against Scooter Libby, Howard Dean
was quoted as saying we would have a new president "soon enough." If he is
talking about the 2008 election that is NOT soon enough, not even close.
Day by day, ever more outrageous scandals and abuses of power spew forth
from the White House, as we now learn that they have been so corrupted
beyond redemption by their power grabs, that they even used the U.S.
attorneys themselves for nakedly partisan witch hunts, to try to influence
our elections, and fired all who would not bend under their political

And what was Bush's response when called on this monumental affront not
just to the checks in our government, but also to the independency of our
very justice system? "What was mishandled was the explanation of the cases
to the Congress," he said. In Bush's mind there are no policy mistakes, let
alone policy crimes. In his world there are only SPIN mistakes, when we the
people aren't quite stupid enough to buy their criminal hypocrisies. We
hear admissions that "mistakes were made," as if mistakes somehow made
themselves. But even where there is verbal responsibility taken, there is
NEVER actual accountability. The sacrificial fall guys will reluctantly
resign, but NEVER is there a price paid by the core perpetrators for their

The Bush presidency is one of false appearances, phony and disingenuous
words of compassion and democracy, while the true underlying agenda is the
embezzlement of our national treasury, and even those of other sovereign
countries, on behalf of their biggest campaign contributors, who then
remorselessly relocate to evade taxes on their ill-gotten profits. The Bush
presidency is to create wars out of whole cloth, to demonize not only their
critics buy entire innocent populations, first Iraq, then Lebanon, now Iran.
It is a mission to exacerbate terrorism to the maximum extent possible,
while ignoring its actual roots causes and laying off its ringleaders, at
the mortal peril of our true national security. And it is not going to STOP
in any respect until the day that Bush is lawfully removed from office.

It was not enough that president Bush should pack our courts with radical
ideologue judges, one of whom just this week presumed to overturn two
centuries of 2nd amendment case law, to let the NRA rewrite our very
Constitution. No, even the choice of cases to bring to court they must warp
so that only Democrats could ever be prosecuted for any crime, despite the
fact that most of the wrongdoing they were actually finding was by
Republicans. How their talking head cronies howled after the Libby verdicts
that it was just a political prosecution. Their new rule of law is that
it's against the law to prosecute Republicans, no matter what the crime, and
that any attempt to do so is by definition a political vendetta. And if the
Libby trial exposed anything, it was that Cheney was the king culprit.

And hanging over everything is the preemptively declared threat of a
presidential veto of any attempt, no matter how timid, to confront these
high crimes. And that is why we have concluded that Dennis Kucinich is
speaking the essential truth. We have long known that Bush was planning an
illegal war of aggression against Iran. Shame on the leadership of the
House for the sudden demise, without even a vote, of the provision in the
war supplemental appropriations bill to preclude an attack on Iran without
express congressional consent. Let there be a vote so we can know which
members of Congress think it's OK for the president to launch horrific and
disastrous new wars without even a peep from them.

What Kucinich so clearly understands in his call for impeachment is that
all these things are mere symptoms of the foundational problem, the
cowardice of members of Congress as they run away from actually restraining
the abuse of executive power. What are non-binding resolutions except
avoidance of actually challenging the policy issue? What are bills that
write into themselves exceptions if the president takes "responsibility" for
them? Is the role of Congress to be relegated to courteously writing the
president's signing statements for him?


Bush loves to lecture the American people on the lessons of 9/11. There
was only one lesson to be learned from 9/11 . . . that we had the WRONG

And in five years since there are still too many who have not learned that
critical lesson, which failure is the reason New Orleans was left to sink by
a guitar strumming photo-op president, which failure is the reason even the
administration drafted Patriot Act has been abused to conduct massive
illegal surveillance of innocent American citizens. That failure is the
reason for torture of those even suspected of being our enemies has become
official U.S. policy, in utter defiance of all norms of international law
and civilized decency.

That failure is the reason our entire intelligence operation against
weapons of mass destruction, the life long specialty of Valerie Plame, was
sabotaged and jeopardized to try to gain cheap political advantage. Or was
it to keep concealed even more heinous acts of treason. That failure is the
reason our military is still pursuing a fool's mission in Iraq, chasing an
enemy who is not there in any significant numbers. We face nothing but two
more years of such disasters and outrages every minute that George Bush,
Dick Cheney and their pod people remain in any office of authority.

So what if Gonzales bites the dust. He is just one more water-carrier.
He would already have been long gone had not Bush PERSONALLY intervened to
quash investigation into the abuse of administration's warrantless domestic
eavesdropping program, when that first came to partial light. We have a
president and vice president for whom obstruction of justice is just another
burglar tool in their bag, as they rob the balance of powers in our
Constitution. Let the subpoenas now issuing in the U.S. attorney scandal
lead to door of the oval office, where the trail surely does directly lead.


And let us renew again and again our call for Congress to impeach ALL
those who have harmed we the people so grievously, and to prosecute those
impeachments at the most mercifully swift speed.


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