Friday, July 25, 2008

Anger Management

Impeach Bush. I know I'm not all by myself in thinking this imperative is sane and logical.

Today at a packed Judiciary Committee meeting Dennis Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment of President George W. Bush. Kucinich's rationale is that the President has usurped more power than granted the presidency in the Constitution and, in so doing, has violated essential principles of American democracy and law.

The CNN report on the meeting characterized it as "purely stagecraft," giving the final word to Republican Lamar Smith, who "dismissed the hearings as 'an anger management class.'"

Earlier this week, responding to Kucinich's announcement, a YouTube commentator complained that the government should spend money on reducing gas prices, rather than pursue a costly trial. The timing of the impeachment is also being criticized, since Bush has only six more months in office.

It won't be long before somebody starts to wail, "Hasn't the poor man suffered enough already?" (Not by a long shot.)

I can't understand why it was so easy to impeach Clinton for lying about a blowjob and so unthinkable to impeach Bush for lying about preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

And if it was worth billions of dollars to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, then surely we can cough up the comparable small change it would take to subject George Bush to some serious investigation for alleged wrongdoing in the most powerful position in the world. Leaving such a matter for the corporate-owned media or general public to theorize over and second-guess, without the authority of an official Congressional inquiry, is irresponsible. As for the timing, when might the President have been more conveniently impeached, without drawing criticisms of either "too early" or "too late"?

Frankly, all hope is lost for our country if Bush and his cohorts are not held to account for their reckless waste of human lives, money, infrastructure, and civil liberties. I don't think I'm overstating this issue's importance. And it's neither stagecraft nor a mere angry outburst to believe that presidents should be held legally accountable for more than their penises.

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