Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Government of Liars Must Be Brought Down

Dave Lindorff

So what to do about George Bush and his gang of fabulists, who now, thanks to a study by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism, stand shown to have lied to Congress and the American people 935 times in what the two organizations say was "part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

Clearly we've come a long way from that first President named George who, at least in popular mythology, "couldn't tell a lie."

Yeah, now we've got one who "couldn't tell the truth". Swell.

The idea that Americans would be willing to impeach a president for lying about a sexual act, or that they would reject a candidate for plagiarizing part of a speech, but that they would then simply shrug at hard evidence that a president, along with his vice president, secretary of state, defense secretary, and national security adviser had all lied in a conscious, coordinated conspiracy to trick them into a disastrous war is hard to believe.

At this point, we should have hordes of people pressing on the iron fences of the White House, armed with pitchforks, baseball bats, and cattle prods, ready to storm the place and wreak vengeance. Where are the angry relatives of dead and maimed soldiers? Where are the idealistic students? Where are the taxpayers who've been robbed blind? Where's the outraged Congress? Where are the incensed editorialists in the media?

Hey! Wake up! This is a goddamned outrage?

Some of us were awake the whole goddam time, Dave. It's been an outrage all along.

Actually three outrages - Bu$hCo lying, lying, lying, the 'press' kowtowing to and enabling then, and the public for being more interested in bread and circuses than in the willful destruction of their country.

One wonders if even the '935 Revelation' will wake them up.

Now we are required to take action.

Even a mule will look at the guy who just smacked him in the head with a two-by-four. That was the whole point, to get his attention. Maybe the majority of Americans, to especially include Congress, aren't as smart as mules.

No editorial writer worthy of the name can ignore this scandal. No member of Congress can ignore this affront to the Constitution. No citizen can ignore this abuse.

Sure they can. They've been doing it all along. Despite the lovely packaging by the CPI, this shit ain't exactly news to those of us who've been watching. It's easier for them to stick their heads in the sand and ignore it than get off their lazy asses or fear and do what needs to be done.

There is only one appropriate response to the crime that has been documented here by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism, and that is impeachment. We have the crime laid out before us. We have the evidence in hand. It is now the obligation of the House to hold an impeachment hearing in which that evidence will be put before the members. After that, there must be a vote on an article of impeachment, against Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, and Rumsfeld, for lying to the American people.

No member of Congress who sits idly by and refuses to call these lying leaders to account deserves reelection.

A government based upon lies is by definition a dictatorship.

It is time for action. If Congress will not act, then it is up to we the people to clean house from top to bottom.

I'm all for "cleaning house from top to bottom", but I think Mr. Lindorff wants to do it at the ballot box instead of 'direct action'. It probably won't be done in the street (Pennsylvania Avenue) by the millions of Americans it would take, so it's probably the only way.

One way or another, it must be done, whatever it takes.

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