Saturday, January 28, 2006

Impeachment and the State of the Union

Nobody I know is seriously considering the impeachment of our stealth president, Dick Cheney, and his sidekick George Bush. But like a lot of people, I've read the list of possible offenses, and they seem pretty valid, especially when considering the human carnage and suffering they have exacerbated - and I also remember vividly the Clinton impeachment with all its sordid drama and moral outrage. It was an embarrassment. A Bush/Cheney impeachment would be incredibly ugly. I'm wondering if the American people have the stomach to expose the world to the inner workings of their crooked, corporatized executive branch.

As Gore Vidal says in his essay, President Jonah, "Not since the glory days of Watergate and Nixon's Luciferian fall has there been so much written about the dogged deceits and creative criminalities of our rulers."

I ran across this article from The Texas Observer by Ronnie Dugger, and it's better than anything I could write on the subject of a possible Bush/Cheney indictment or impeachment. He touches on crucial questions about America - the values of its leaders and the people who elected them. I think there's a little embarrassment down in Texas - that they helped grease their favorite son's ascendance to bungling leader the free world. I don't blame them.

This country has taken a path under the Bush/Cheney administration that is a radical departure from life as I knew it growing up here in god's country. Our representatives to Congress, for instance, have never been so brazenly connected to big corporations and party fundraising as is Roy Blunt.

"Our elections are bought, and our government is run by and for the major transnational corporations," Dugger writes, and our boy Roy is right there making it happen with a wink and a nod from the Bushies. Everything's cool, the money is rolling in.

On Bush's grab for unconstitutional executive power, Dugger says "Bush announced in 2002 his illegal presidential policy that the United States can and will attack other nations first, waging war on them, when he so decides. He is now waging, as if he were doing it in our names, a bloody war of aggression against Iraq . . ."

And here we are four years later with 2,200 American soldiers dead, 35,000 Iraqi's killed (give or take 5,000), a terrorist group winning election in Palestine, U. S.-run secret prisons overseas, condoned torture by the military, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, a massive national debt, $250 billion sucked away in Iraq, an emboldened, antagonistic Iran with nuclear capability . . . and let's not even talk about solving our considerable problems here at home with perhaps the most corrupt (and certainly the most corporate) Congress in history.

I remember talking to my neighbor out in the driveway before the 2000 election. We both thought the presidential election would be close, but we figured Gore would win. And he did, but that's another issue entirely.

Remember how people used to say it didn't matter who was president? "Six of one, half dozen of the other." Right. I may be grasping for a silver lining here, but do you think it's possible the disastrous Bush presidency might persuade more people to participate in the choosing of their leaders next November? Are enough people even paying attention? If not, I guess we will continue to get the leadership we deserve.

Do you ever wonder how a Gore administration would have dealt with 9/11?

On Tuesday, George Bush will take the podium and tell us how great things are. Just Pretend It's All Okay. But there's no telling what else is coming down the pike with these guys. I understand Bush is poised to solve the health care crisis in America, and we'll hear all about it Tuesday night. "And now, from the same folks who brought you Homeland Security's Rapid Response Katrina Team, Social Security Reform and the War in Iraq . . ."
Everybody knows this will go nowhere.

Speaking of state of the union addresses, here's a link to Bill Clinton's last State of the Union speech, just a reminder of what life was like before 9/11 - before all the fear-mongering, the lies, the corruption that the Bush/Cheney team and the Republican Congress have brought to the table.


Du Monde said...

I don't know you Mark, but I wish I did. There are so few sane and literate people left in the Ozarks that we should at least know each other. Gore Vidal could not be more correct, yet we have no solution to the "decline and fall of the Roman Empire." Is this an historical inevitability? Is it the nature of things? I tried to alter course of decline by challenging the most corrupt among us and received, in return: "we don't care." "The 'games' are more important."

Angel, what is the solution?

Alica Prike said...

I don't know much about the Ozarks but, apparently, that is where the voice of reason has moved to. Too bad it's not in Washington where it is sorely needed.

Mr. Bush (I refuse to think of him as MY country's leader) has repeatedly and consistently violated his oath of office, the constitution, and the law.

The heck with what the rest of the world might think should he, and his associates, be impeached. I'm more concerned with what they think of an American Citizenry that is willing to stand idly by and silently watch the greatest nation on earth and all that it has stood for these past 200+ years systematically destroyed by its so-called leaders.

RSmith said...

I don't think there is any doubt that the American empire is in decline. The tragedy of 9/11 will prove to be a watershed in our history. The entire civilized world was sympathetic and willing to help the anti-terror effort after 9/11. As tragic as 9/11 was, it also presented great opportunities for America to stand tall as world leader. Our government, however, was co-opted by a group of opportunistic right-wing intellectuals who were intent on making their mark in history. Our own president's gullibility and ignorance allowed this power grab to occur, and we are now paying the price.

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