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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Why George W. Bush Should Not Be Impeached

Even though he truly deserves to be.

Now that we again have a government that has some checks and balances it is time to get our nation back on track.

I know that some people are looking for a little payback at this point.

All the name calling from the Right Wing Authoritarian "Bottoms" for the last twelve years is still ringing in our ears. We look at our country and the mess it's in and it is natural to want to drag a few people out to the public square, shove them in the stocks and indulge in a bit of rotten vegetable throwing, but we can't let ourselves do this. If we do we are no better than the Right Wing Authoritarians who tied up the last two years of the Clinton Administration with his pointless impeachment.

What we really need now is for the House and the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work on the things that really matter, and we need them to do so in a bipartisan way.

That's the important word Bipartisan.

America has had enough of partisan politics, the country is sick of it, the country is sick of the mean spirited, hateful name calling that has gone on for the last twelve years. The country is sick of replacing positive action for the common good with elitist rhetoric that disenfranchises most of the citizens of our great nation.

That is what the election is telling us, that we want positive action, not that we want the Democrats to do the same thing that the Republicans have been doing for the last six years.

So as much as it might be gratifying to impeach the Shrub and then try him for war crimes, that will not serve to do anything but divide the country more deeply. We can put up with him for two more years now that the checks and balances on his power have been restored, and frankly I don't think the country can survive another impeachment at the expense of doing the real work that needs to be done.

We need to concentrate on the things that really matter.

The war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan need to be addressed.

congressional oversight needs to be put back on all of the war spending, especially the outsourcing that has been done.

If we want to put some people in jail let's start with the good folks running Haliburton and Blackwater. Perhaps we might even get some of the money back that they have walked off with by doing things like charging our troops US $50.00 for a sixpack of Coke.

We need to address sustainable energy and the malfeasances of the Oil Companies.

We need to get the economy back on track, balance the budget again and do something to get rid of the crushing dept that the Bush administration has put us under.

I could go on, but you get the idea, there is so much real work to do that there is no time to indulge in revenge.

We have two years to prove to the world and to ourselves that we are better than we have been acting.

And make no mistake, the rot in our country is still there. I have been watching the Right Wing Authoritarians, both "Tops" and "Bottoms", as they spew out their bile over the election. For the Authoritarian "tops" there is still much money to be made and power to be grabbed for them to give up. For the "bottoms", they have their self image tied up in being "right" and can't deal well with finding out that most people just don't think the way they do. If we let our vigilance slip for a moment they will find a way to "poison the well" again.

So what can we do? We have to make sure that our elected officials stay on the job and do what we want them to do.

As it happens, it has never been easer to do this.

Our Senate and House has email, and you know what? They actually pay attention to what people say because they know that someone who takes the time to write them also takes the time to vote.

Right now our elected representatives are just a bit nervous. They just got reminded that they serve at our pleasure, not the other way around. We need to keep this in the forefront of their minds, they need to know that we are paying attention.

All of us need to be writing the people we have put in office at least once a month and letting them know how we feel about what they have been doing.

Of course that means we have to pay attention to what they are doing, something that historically we have not been too good at. Politicians have believed that if they win the election that they can count on us going back to sleep and not noticing what they are doing with the office we put them in. That has got to change.

You, my dear reader need to have the email addresses of your representative and your senator in your address book so that you can drop a note to them any time you see them doing something that you like or don't like.

They need to be reminded that they can be voted out of office just as quickly as they were voted in. We, the citizens of the country are the true "oversight committee", we need to do our jobs if we want good government, and trust me, after last Tuesday they will listen.

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Remember, it's called a Democracy for a reason.



Dan Gambiera said...

While your sentiments are noble and ethical there's one thing you're forgetting. After Iran-Contra the Democrats took exactly that high road. They abandoned the investigations and let nearly everyone off the hook. Did the Republicans respond with bipartisan collegiality? Hardly. The next chance they got they dragged down the Clinton Presidency and purged the moderates from their own ranks.

The history of "truth and reconciliation" movements is pretty clear. They can do wonderful things, but only if the guilty come clean and a few of the worst offenders get justice. Anything else lets the bad people know that there will be no real consequences for their crimes. Similarly, cooperation and meeting the other guy half way are great - unless it's halfway to torture, murder and totalitarianism - but only if the other guy is willing to budge. Until the Republican Party is willing to do these things - come clean about past crimes, offer up some high-ranking criminals to the Courts and show some willingness to honestly compromise - I see little reason to accomodate them.

murid_aisha said...

Guru Mushtaq,

Although I live in Bizerkeley (and yes, we as well as Oakland voted to have the city support impeachment), your points are quite agreable. I just voted for it because it was amusing, and doubtful to get past city elections.
Things like protecting habeus corpus, illegal torture and a date for exiting Iraq seem far more important.
I like to think of the shrub's term is only one more year. After all 2007 is little over a month away.
Thanks for your info. I hope to present your email representatives as an extra credit assignment for my critical thinking class.

murid_aisha said...

Forgot to ask:
How do you think the Rumsfeld resignation will affect the president and his agenda?


Bobbe Edmonds said...

I was going to answer this myself, Aisha, but it turned into something far more sarcastic. So I posted it on my blog, have a look if you like. (No, really, I'm not trying to solicit readers!!!)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree that the citizenry should participate more deliberately and become more informed as to how elected officials conduct themselves.
But I have to also agree with Dan's post that some sort of accountability is in order. There's got to be a balance between vengeance and forgiveness.
The problem is that for the Dems to really hold the Republicans accountable, they'd have to be ready to fess up for their own bad behavior. I just don't see that happening since corruption is hardly a RED thang.....

Janet Zahn

Wil Robinson said...

True, impeachment would just waste precious time and money.

But the problem is that Democrats won't do anything positive. They will just go about business as usual, failing to legitimately question the propaganda that the "liberal" media prints and that the Bush adminstration repeats (or is it reverse, hard to tell?)

Either way, we'll be sitting in Iran by this time next year wondering how we ended up there...and the Democrats will start pointing fingers at everyone but themselves. Meanwhile, conservatives will continue to district Americans from the real issues and instead focus on men loving eachother - the horrors!

Dan Gambiera said...

Anonymous, you're trying to shift the discussion in typical RNC Talking Point fashion and not very well. If the Republicans have screwed the pooch it has to be turned around into an indictment of the Democrats. Sorry, but we're not going to be distracted by that sort of sophistry.

The question here isn't "Are there corrupt Democrats, too?" Everyone knows there are, and they're pikers by comparison to the worst of the GOP. It's "What do we do about the really egregious crimes of the current Administration and its lickspittle slaves in the Legislature - its treason, the way it's eviscerated the Constitution, its unprecedented corruption, its felonious lies and war crimes?" We have to make sure that it doesn't get swept under the rug. But it has to be done in a way that avoids figurative or possibly literal civil war. The last time this sort of thing happened the Democrats said "Oh well, shit happens. Nobody's perfect. Let's let bygones be bygones." The results have been an ongoing disaster for democracy, liberty and the Republic.