Impeaching, convicting and removing Dick Cheney and George
W. Bush from office goes beyond punishing them for their crimes. It goes to
sending a message to their successors, assuming there will be successors come
January 20, 2009, that no one is above the law and failure to "preserve, protect and defend"
the US Constitution, criminality and corruption will not be tolerated.
This is the message that the leaders of Congress, White
House aspirants and the corporate media wish to ignore. This is the message the
American people who aren�t clamoring for the impeachment and removal of this
demonic duo aren�t grasping.
As to which one is the bigger monster -- Cheney or Bush --
is something for history to decide. The neocons knew precisely what they were
doing when they chose Bush as their front man -- the seemingly �plain talking�
good ol� boy that every Joe Six-Pack wanted to share a beer with, but who, in
Texas parlance, is meaner than a rattle snake.
What is at stake here is what is left of this republic and
its constitution upon which rests the principle that government is run by the
consent of the people, not the corporations, religious institutions, the
desires of Israel or any other foreign entity, or secretive cabals.
Given the power Bush has taken unto himself -- with the help
of Cheney, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General John
Ashcroft and others in his administration -- as the �unitary executive,� �the
decider� who doesn�t have to explain anything or answer to anyone, who can
overrule Congress with signing statements, who can rule with executive orders,
who abuses recess appointments to install crooks and ideologues in important
posts, who can preemptively strike any nation he pleases to wage wars of
aggression, who can declare people �enemy combatants� and have them tortured
and locked away for life without benefit of counsel or trial, it is as plain as
day why those who seek to succeed him aren�t clamoring for his head and the
heads of all the culprits in his administration, and why they don�t want the
House of Representatives to undertake impeachment proceedings against Cheney
and Bush. They are salivating over the prospect of the power the next occupant
of the Oval Office will have.
Think about that.
That is called absolute power. Remember what Lord Acton
said: �Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.�
America has been sliding toward the abyss for a long time.
This round began on the day Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. Jimmy Carter,
whose hands aren�t entirely clean, was an anomaly. Then came Ronald Reagan and
George Herbert Walker Bush who gave us Iran-contra, which was far worse than
the Watergate scandal. The difference, though, is Reagan and his vice
president, George �I was out of the loop� Bush, got away with their nefarious
deeds. So much so that when the elder Bush succeeded Reagan, he managed to bury
the Iraq-gate scandal by luring Saddam Hussein into attacking Kuwait --
remember Ambassador April Glaspie telling Saddam that Bush had no interest in
the �Kuwait issue�? -- so he (Bush) could attack Iraq, which previously was
America�s ally. Bill Clinton, too, built on what his predecessors got away with
-- albeit more sneakily -- by signing awful crime bills, strengthening the
awful FISA court, keeping the sanctions imposed by Bush on Iraq, bombing Iraq,
Kosovo and an aspirin factory in Khartoum, approving �extraordinary rendition�
(better known as the extrajudicial shipping of a person from one state to
another for what has been called �torture by proxy�). Clinton was impeached for
his sexual peccadilloes not for his crimes Then, thanks to the Supreme Court
and two stolen elections, Bush the younger and his sidekick, Cheney. Need any
more be said?
Despite all this, the corporate media want to give
Cheney-Bush a free pass on the lame excuse that they will be out of office in
18 months. Will they?
What happens when they set off the next 9-11 and Bush has
his �catatrophic emergency� excuse to invoke his National
Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, which makes him
dictator? There will be no �steenking� election -- honest or rigged. Baby Doc
Bush can then declare himself �president for life.�
Have the corporate media cuties even read what is in those
documents that he signed, without scrutiny, on May 9? Has anyone in Congress
read them? They surely haven�t had any publicity that would make people sit up
and take notice.
This is the same corporate media that dutifully blames �al
Qaeda� for anything and everything, including last Friday�s and Saturday�s
Mickey Mouse incidents in London and Glasgow. Worse, they don�t know the
difference between a car bomb and a Molotov cocktail on wheels.
add a little excitement to the weekend antics, ABC News reported Sunday that a
senior official with access to a secret intelligence report claimed �al Qaeda�
is planning a �spectacular attack� in the United States this summer. One would
think Cheney-Bush would wait until the summer or early fall of 2008 before
launching the next goody, but doing it now would certainly rid themselves of
any threat of impeachment.