Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Salon: Why Bush hasn't been impeached

Hey - guess what? According to Salon, its our fault Bush will never be impeached.

Yep - even though we 'cleaned House' and gave the Democrats a resounding majority (the House impeaches a president, by the way.. the Senate serves as the jury, the Supreme Court as the judge.) And even though we even went that extra step and gave the Democrats a 'surprise' majority in the Senate, signed impeachment petitions, slapped bumper stickers demanding impeachment all over our cars... even though we still write letters to the editor that are never published, sign more petitions, call our 'representatives' ad nauseum... according to this commentary in Salon, we're not really interested in seeing Bush, Cheney and Rove impeached.

We don't have the will to see it through.
Just ask Gary Kamiya.

According to Kamiya, "even though Bush cheated on us, lied, besmirched our family's name and spent all our money, we the people, not to mention our elected representatives and the media, seem content to stick it out to the bitter end."

And my answer to that? BULLSHIT.

Kamiya compares the Bush administration to nothing worse than a 'bad marriage', and the American people and their 28% approval rating to merely disgruntled wives or husbands who just aren't willing to pull the plug. He suggests that we - all of us, who have been ignored whenever we have spoken out, by congress, the media, by everyone, "haven't done the necessary work to separate ourselves from our abusive spouse" and "need therapy."

Please... more insults to our intelligence! Beat us some more! Please - can't you go a little further? Why don't you just call us all 'idiots' and be done with it?

Believe me, we're quite used to this from media pundits of all rank and file. We're perfectly aware we're COMPLETELY ON OUR OWN out here. But thank you for reminding us once again, with such superior disdain and sweeping judgment

So really now. In your opinion, that is all this is... a 'bad marriage?'

How many bad marriages involve compulsive lying, illegal wars, spying on the victim spouse, torture, obstruction of justice, obliteration of constitutional rights, removal of habeas corpus protections, secret prison camps... allowing an entire city to first drown, then rot without assistance, for years? Who in their right mind would remain in such a 'marriage,' if they had any way out?

Do we have any way out? I ask you Mr. Kamiya... what exactly is our way out? As I recall, we never voted for this administration in the first place. Both elections were stolen. We all know this now - everybody knows it, even the Republicans - but the media just never seems to cover it. And when they do, Congress just never seems to want to deal with it.

Most 'marriages' with even a fraction of these frightening ingredients end up splashed across the front page of the local newspaper when the controlling and wildly unstable husband eventually kills his hostage spouse.

Gary Kamiya... you have the temerity to tell us - to our faces - that we are so weak-minded and deluded that we will live with this horror, right up until it kills us?

Oh, you give some lip service to our 'feeble' attempts: such as the growing impeachment movement sweeping through the entire state of Maine... (other states have tried as well, but no one state has a monopoly on cowardly politicians bowing to their corporate masters.) Representative Kucinich introduced a resolution to impeach Cheney, but of course everyone in Washington laughed at it. The corporate media laughed as well. What did you expect?

Many American cities are trying to impeach. Vermont citizens have been holding 'village green' meetings for months, raising thousands of signatures to impeach. Hundreds of thousands of American citizens - those who can be ripped away from American Idol - have signed petitions begging Congress to impeach. People have painted 'impeach' messages on overpasses, on buildings, on billboards... the people have even taken out full pages ads demanding impeachment (apparently the ever-greedy media will print such ads if we are willing to pay for them.)

The problem isn't the people... the problem is the influence of the Washington, corporate lobbyists.

What would you have us do? How many phone calls will it take? God knows - we weren't able to stop, or even slow this war.

We called, we marched - people even occupied representatives' offices - all in a desperate attempt to end this illegal war. Today, I heard that the Democrats finally threw in the towel, and are backing off from their weakly worded 'benchmarks.' Bush gets his money, all of it, no strings attached. Congressional Democrats hold the purse strings... but they won't use them.

And this too is somehow... our fault?

Are you really so naive as to believe that if every household in America were to call their representatives and demand impeachment... that it would magically happen? Hardly.
If you believe we matter - at all in this equation - you are naive indeed.

The corporations own Congress. They will never let impeachment happen, not while they're raking in the cash. Bush and Cheney have made them wealthy and unfettered by government oversight, well beyond their wildest dreams. They will never willingly let this looting party end. Ever. Bank on it.

Washington lobbyists don't want Bush impeached, pure and simple. Come on Kimiya... just follow the money! If you know anything at all about Washington politics, it stopped being about 'the will of the people' and became 'the will of corporate investors' years ago. Just look at our pathetic election process.

Ever been on a peace march, Mr. Kamiya? Seriously - have you ever gone?

I've only been on one, this January in front of the Capitol building. I learned a lot. Its amazing how you can actually be there, in the crowd, and see one reality with your very own eyes... then later read an entirely different 'reality' (or nothing at all) in the national media. The handful of 'counter demonstrators' suddenly become a 'crowd'; the hundreds of thousands of mothers, fathers, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, students, and professionals who made the exhausting pilgrimage, hoping for real change and a working democracy... suddenly they are lessened to a mere 'thousand marginal radicals.'

How do you suggest we overcome this overwhelming power, wielded so undemocratically by the mainstream, corporate media?

What would you have us do?

We can't even eat our food anymore, not without wondering what unmonitored poisons have crept into our salads, meat, packaged meals and pet food. You think our only concern is the war in Iraq? What about our health care? What about our jobs? Please... insult our intelligence some more! Do you really think we haven't been watching the sum total of this catastrophe?

Do you think I watch these political atrocities - me, an avowed hater of everything political - and blog out here because I'm bored? I'm sure I could find something 'fun' to do with my time, believe me. I'm doing this because - heaven forbid I will end up as one of those 'silent German citizens' I once judged so harshly as a child, those average citizens who never spoke up when the Nazis rose to power and over threw their democracy. Heaven forbid that I might become, as Lincoln worded it, a coward that 'sins by silence when I should protest.'

Well, I'm protesting. We're all protesting. And what good will any of this do for America, if there is no will for change in Congress?

Of course we know about the signing statements! Of course we know about the Gonzales scandal and all the other scandals (no thanks to mainstream media, but we have other ways, thank God, of finding out whats going on in the Beltway. We have the BBC, McClatchy News and progressive media.)

Do you really think we don't remember Katrina? Have you asked us?

Better question might be... do you really think anybody in Washington cares what we think about, and what we want? Do you think anybody in Washington is really listening?

If they cared - if they were listening - they would have burst into this locked house with its broken television set and severed telephone wires, cut loose our chains, removed the duct tape from over our mouths -- rescued us from our prison, and found us a good lawyer!

Hell YES we want a divorce!!

Yet the public's dislike of Bush has not translated into any real move to get rid of him. The impeach-Bush movement has not really taken off yet, and barring some unforeseen dramatic development, it seems unlikely that it will. Even if there were a mass popular movement to impeach Bush, it's far from clear that Congress, which alone has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings, would do anything.

What would you have us do?

You're inching closer to the truth when you finally admit that:

The main reason is obvious: The Democrats think it's bad politics. Bush is dying politically and taking the GOP down with him, and impeachment is risky. It could, so the cautious Beltway wisdom has it, provoke a backlash, especially while the war is still going on. Why should the Democrats gamble on hitting the political jackpot when they're likely to walk away from the table big winners anyway?

This is what I've been saying all along. Its all about politics (well, that and greed.) Partisan politics. The GOP doesn't have a monopoly on partisan politicking - they're just willing to break a few more laws to 'win.'

We sent a Democratic majority to Washington, and demanded that they clean up this mess and to fix our broken government. Instead, they are actually quite happy to let it remain broken. They are banking on their assumption that continuing anger towards the Bush administration will lead to a huge Democratic victory in 2008. In this way, they are really no better - certainly no different than Karl Rove. Party before country... and the will of the people be damned.

I for one hope they gamble and lose.

Its time we all woke up from this two-party illusion, and created a third alternative - one that will actually represent us in our government. After this last and epic betrayal by the Democratic party, it is time to leave this broken, two party bandwagon and elect an independent to the White House in 2008.

Seriously - wouldn't you like to read these cynical, arrogant 'party' politicians a little history lesson? "We the people". Not the corporations. Not the banks. Not the lobbyists. We are the ones who put them in office. And when they betray our precious votes and slam the door in our faces, we can put someone else into those offices just as fast. It doesn't have to be a Republican or a Democrat. It doesn't have to be someone 'crowned' by the corporate media.

Congress, the media and most of the American people have yet to turn decisively against Bush because to do so would be to turn against some part of themselves. This doesn't mean we support Bush, simply that at some dim, half-conscious level we're too confused -- not least by our own complicity -- to work up the cold, final anger we'd need to go through impeachment. We haven't done the necessary work to separate ourselves from our abusive spouse. We need therapy -- not to save this disastrous marriage, but to end it.

I'm sorry Mr. Kamiya... but that is just... total... bullshit.

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Blogger acmedata said...

Feduphoosier -

I am working on a short story that takes the current march toward fascism to the next extreme - the total "ownership" society. By ownership, I mean the corporations. We will not be permitted to grow our own foods, our water will be purchased from private corporations, we will have to register with a Christian church and our attendence will be monitored ...

Any way ... I saw your post on Common Dreams and I share your anger and disgust about our current situation.

I am supporting Dennis Kucinich, but as the Saturday Night Live cartoon by Robert Smigel lampooned this past weekend, Kucinich does not exist.

Sad, sad country ...

2:22 PM  
Blogger Maire said...

You know, I'm watching Dennis speaking before the House right now (on C-Span,) about our corporate oil interests in Iraq - about the privatization of Iraq's oil - and the man is astoundingly honest and direct. Add this to his introduction of impeachment papers for Cheney... if the election was tomorrow, I'd be voting for him too. When it comes to really walking the talk, Dennis is up there with Feingold on the integrity meter.

12:20 PM  

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