Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Why Impeachment

John Dean was in town Monday giving a lecture, and the Chairman of the East County Democratic Club, Raymond Lutz attended, and gave a report back to the membership. I must respond to Dean's comment on impeachment as reported by Ray. "He made the case that impeachment of Bush would do no good at all (Cheney is actually in charge, he said) and impeaching Cheney would do almost nothing as well, since they are almost out of office, and we can rely on the Democrat-controlled congress to keep them in line."

Well, I view impeachment from a different frame. I don't see it as a political proscription nor as a legal remedy, but I do see it as a remedy.

A cure, and maybe a prevention as well. Bush and Cheney are frightened, twisted men who have no morals, who share no values we recognize as truly "American," if you work through the American Mythology of our Founders; men who seek power as validation for their own insecurities and mortality, and it is a great and enduring shame that these men are the leaders of our nation, that they are the sworn protectors of our Constitution and our Rights, that these men are the face of America for the world to see, the face that all Americans look to to preserve and protect and foster the American Ideal, the truth that we are all created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

As Jefferson most famously said (my bolded type),

"...that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." --Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776.


It is imperative that we alter and/or abolish their governance of our country, to prove the lie to the Bush/Cheney/Republican prescription that the private sector can do all things better than the public sector, from prescription drug plans to natural disaster relief to war. As others have written, their "incompetence" masks their truer motives, devolving our government and its great Constitutional protections; and capitalistic exploitation on a grand and on a base scale the likes of which we have never seen in this country before.

They need to be impeached to stop the destruction they do to our future and our honor and our standing, all related concepts in our foreign affairs I add. And I disagree that the Congress can be a sufficient check on their greed and destructive actions, Bush has too many appointees, too many secretive deals with Corporate America to expect a Democratic controlled Congress without a veto proof majority to stop Bush and Cheney.

And perhaps more importantly, they need to be removed to demonstrate that what they represent is an aberration and a perversion of America and her values, that they do not represent Freedom and Truth and Inalienable Rights, Mom and Apple Pie, but the basest and darkest side of humanity, and that the American people will not tolerate that behavior any longer.

2 comments:

MD Dem said...

I have been of the belief that if these two are not impeached they need to be seriously humiliated by the time they leave office. Investigations that are made public will do that. It will also open the door to furthering the effort to impeach one, or both, of them. These people are criminals, not leaders. They have no vision for this country but for themselves and have furthered their vision beautifully. My wife and I have wondered how full their offshore bank accounts have become since the start of the Iraq occupation. My guess is plenty full. There are plenty of reasons to impeach. There are more reasons to render these guys totally impotent. That is beginning to happen since the election didn't go their way.

Spc. Freeman said...

*Raises fist in response to your final paragraph*

Testify.