Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Logic of Impeachment

A 'must read' by Robert Parry:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken impeachment "off the table," in line with Official Washington's view that trying to oust George W. Bush and Dick Cheney would be an unpleasant waste of time. But there is emerging a compelling logic that an unprecedented dual impeachment might be vital to the future of the United States.

If some historic challenge is not made to the extraordinary assertions of power by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, the United States might lose its status as a democratic Republic based on a Constitution that adheres to the twin principles that no one is above the law and everyone is endowed with inalienable rights.

Bush is daring Congress to either mount a constitutional battle or submit to his will.

If Congress submits to that punk's will, any more than they already have, the Nation is lost. Period.

Even if impeachment didn't reach the ultimate goal of removing Bush and Cheney, it would put down a marker of congressional resistance to executive abuses.

The public would get the point, too.

Same theory as vigorous application of a 2x4 to a mule's head: sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get his attention.

In my neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, lawn signs have sprung up reading simply "Impeach Him" or "Impeach Them Both." No one needs to say who the "him" and the "them" are.

From opinion polls, it's clear, too, that Americans across the country are furious with Bush and Cheney. Many recognize that Bush and Cheney represent an unparalleled threat to core American principles, such as the concept of inalienable rights.

These millions of Americans are searching for some courageous politicians willing to take the lead. Instead, the people get all-night Iraq War debates that go nowhere – and empty promises that, some day down the road, the Democrats will finally get serious.

What these citizens want is for the Democrats to stiffen their spines and finally declare, loudly and clearly, "Impeach the bastards."

Amen. Do not miss this one.

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