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Does Bush Deserve to be Impeached?

Posted on January 8, 2006
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The founding fathers had good reasons for rebelling against Britain’s King George III: “He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power … (he is) abolishing our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments.” That’s why our Constitution created checks and balances.

But that’s the Bush administration for you: all checks, no balances.

The NSA’s domestic surveillance program is not the only offense with which the president could be charged.

The House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff recently released a report concluding that Bush “misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war with Iraq.” And the 273-page minority report goes on to conclude that “the President, Vice President and members of the Bush administration violated a number of federal laws, including 1) Committing a Fraud against the United States; 2) Making False Statements to Congress; 3) The War Powers Resolution, 4) Misuse of Government Funds; 5) federal laws and international treaties prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment; 6) federal laws concerning retaliating against witnesses and other individuals, and 7) federal laws concerning leakings and other misuses of intelligence.”

It’s true that as long as Republicans are in control, members of Congress are no more likely to impeach Bush than they are to vote themselves a pay cut. If the Democrats take control of Congress in 2006 - a prospect that is becoming less implausible - the president could find himself in deeper doo doo than his daddy ever dreamed of.

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/opinion/13562164.htm

What do you think? Is it finally time to hold Bush accountable for his actions?

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  1. william katsirubas January 9, 2006 2:49 am

    He has lied, he has enriched the rich, he has sent our jobs to foreign countries, he got us in a war…
    I am sad for him.

  2. SB January 9, 2006 7:13 am

    If you were president, what would you have done?

    The US was up the creak well before Bush took office.

    Where would we be without the war? I am not justifying it, I am just pointing out that it is someone’s responsibility to make tough decisions. Those that make the decisions are often judged by those that just ride the waves.

    A writer on this blog yesterday pointed out that the writings in this blog are simply supporting each other, little debate, and little perspective from other view points. We all feel happy when people all agree with our views. That is way we choose the social circles we do. We like to stay in our comfort zone. We surround ourselves with people that think and act like we do. This is a great way to be hit by a freight train coming from the direction none of the like thinkers are looking.

    But back to the point, what would you do if you were President? What would you have done? Where would we be if Bush had not taken this road?

    Where would we be without massive m3 inflation? What would you do if you were the fed chairman?

    If any of you have a better solution, please document it here.

    SB

  3. Peter Jones January 9, 2006 7:17 am

    Yes, Bush should be impleached but I think it still unlikely with the single-party government in the US. Republicanism is a religion with the guys in power, they will not move against one of their own in power. Instead of being held accountable, he will be left to twist in the wind, and for someone who lives and dies by a mean competitive streak, and having to be told he’s popular, Bush will suffer more just staying in office. Impeachment will give him an enemy to battle, which he can always blame (like the media, which has been soft on Bush since Day One, compared to Clinton. Remember all the ths fuss over which phone Al Gore used to call some Chinese guy? Good times in the 90’s).

    So, this time it bodes poorly for stocks. Why? Eliiott Wave says social mood precedes the downturn. Politicians getting their due is not a joyous event. When Clinton was being impeached by the R-party, his approval rating stayed high throughout, upper 60’s I believe. Thats’ positive social mood. Bush at 40, sinking lower? I don’t think that’s mood-inspiring. There is still very little of an opposition party to speak of, so there’s not much to look forward to except cleaning up the mess before our kids find out what we’ve done.

    And quit cherry-picking the Bear news! You totally missed Stephen Roach’s article on the “End of Jobs in America” today:

    http://www.morganstanley.com/GEFdata/digests/20060109-mon.html

  4. ChemicalGal January 9, 2006 8:26 am

    On the question of Impeachment, I feel that President Bush AND vice president Cheney should both be impeached.
    Here are my reasons why.
    1. 9/11 Cheney was in charge of war games and I believe both he & Bush knew what was going to happen and that they orchestrated or allowed the entire scenerio.
    Did you wonder how the Patriot Act was put together so quickly and rushed through Congress without them even reading it before they voted on it?
    Did you wonder why the Twin Towers collapsed and why we got rid of the evidence as quickly as possible?
    Did you wonder why Halliburton and the rest are getting big contracts on a NO BID basis?

    2. President Bush vowed to get Osama BinLaden, so we went into Afganistan. We didn’t get Mr. BinLaden and at one point President Bush stated he didn’t care about him anymore. WHY?
    Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and yet we have descimated that country and it’s people and we are looking to do the same to Iran and then who’s next. WHY are we there?
    President Bush, who supposedly had the best intelligence reports the US is capable of obtaining, told Congress that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. They didn’t! WE have used weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. White Phosphous and a new type of Napalm against civilians. Since that is Why We Went To War with Iraq, shouldn’t our leaders be held accountable for actually using them against civilians of a country they only SUSPECTED of having them.
    3. Everyone’s up in arms about domestic spying and I don’t like it either, BUT I truly believe that they have done a lot worse than spying on us.
    4. There are a lot more reasons, but we’ll leave those for another time. I feel that this administration has been the most criminal that has ever graced our hallowed halls and will only get worse if not checked soon.

    Now the 2nd question brought up by SB What would I have done if I was President.
    I would have used every investigative tool to locate Bin Laden and sent in a team to arrest him or take him out whichever was doable.
    On Iraq, They had been under sanctions for so long that I think we were doing just fine the way we were for the time being. I think that we could have done better & made less enemies worldwide by actual diplomacy. Or by doing what we do best and funding a party to oppose Saddam for an internal revolution.
    He said where would we be without the war and someone had to make the tough decisions. Do the tough decisions all have to hurt another country/people. Why are Americans not making some tough decisions on themselves…are we just too good to reduce our standard of living so let’s go kill some other group of people….I don’t think so, I think we’re better than that. We’re going to be making those adjustments sooner or later, why not now?
    On domestic spying, I wouldn’t do it. I really detest the loss of freedoms in this country. I think we should reduce the Federal government and give the powers back to State governments and Local Governments, where the people can keep track of what they are up to. That was the way this country was intended to operate with a small Federal Government.

    Now, for something else. If we are short on OIL, and I think this is the REAL reason all this has been happening, I would ask the American People to take a look at what they could do in their communities to reduce oil consumption and give tax breaks to people who came up with valid reductions.
    We need to begin the change process here as other countries are doing. See Sweden, even England is working towards a change to alternative fuels. Where is America? Do you read about it in our Newspapers (should be better known as goverment propaganda dailys)

    Now I know all that sounds like a simple person,with simple solutions, but that is what I am and I am proud of it.
    ChemicalGal

  5. Jimbo January 9, 2006 8:31 am

    To SB:

    What would I have done? You say the country was up the “creak” (sic.) before Bush took office? Review the facts:

    Under Clinton, the country had 8 years of relative peace and prosperity, cutting edge technology that led the world, and ran a budget surplus that was slated to pay off the national debt.

    Doesn’t sound like that is up the creek to me. That sounds like the right path.

    If I were the President, what would I have done? First, I would have prevented 9/11. Read the reports - they should have known better. Barring that, following 9/11, I wouldn’t have gone to war with Iraq - that had nothing to do with anything but saving the economy. Bush has used that as a justification to lead America down a very dark and dangerous road. $200 billion spent on that war when there are plenty of good uses for it here at home.

    I agree that it is someone’s responsibility to make the tough decisions - do you equate going to war with a “tough decision?” Then there is something wrong with your thinking. Going to war was the easy way out - there are plenty of problems at home to be solved. Going to war is a diversion so that the American people can look far away and say tsk, tsk, what terrible, evil, stupid people there are OVER THERE. So they can focus on those “evil people” and ignore the economic and spiritual pain of their own lives.

    The tough decision is to fix the problems at home. Fix the education system. Deploy our powerful technology in such a way that it helps people, not kills people. Devise a sound monetary system. Find an alternative to imported oil. The gap between humanity’s potential and humanity’s true actions are so stark as to make a stone weep. You probably think that none of that is possible within the capitalist system. Then stop thinking so small and devise a new system. Those would be courageous acts of a president, not going to war - sending young men off to die meaningless deaths while you sit in your Oval office.

    I suppose you think that M3 is the solution to all our woes - inflate the money supply, go to war, the economy keeps humming along nicely, and you don’t have to think of the true costs of these policies. They will be made apparent, eventually.

    The poster that you speak of yesterday said that we all come from different angles to the same problem - that is hardly saying that people are “staying in their comfort zone.” Turn on the TV, that is a place of real comfort, where you won’t find any of this discussed.

    You point a lot of fingers and ask a lot of questions, but you don’t offer any solutions. That’s a cute way to look smart without actually being smart. Why don’t you document your own thoughts here.

    Should the president be impeached? Of course - it is quite simple. He lied to get us into war, then he broke the law. What more do you need? A manufactured “war” does not justfy the desecration of the constitution.

    Jimbo

  6. Mark A January 9, 2006 8:35 am

    From where I sit I think you (Americans) are too late. This president will invoke martial law over the next six months and side step impeachment and further review of the Patriot Act. China will finally peg its currency rather than float, OPEC will dump the U.S. Dollar as its international currency of trade, and China will hold all those U.S. Treasury bills effectively putting a knife to the throat of the U.S. China will then move against Taiwan and reclaim it as a province without any international out cry from the west.

    President Bush will appoint himself de-facto dictator under the guise of martial law and continue to push the U.S. further into the Middle East (Iran and Saudi Arabia). It’s about the oil; it’s about holding the balance of economic power not military power. He has already proven he will use military power to maintain economic viability. He probably deserved to be considered for impeachment after the Weapons of Mass Destruction failed to materialize, he and Tony Blair should have been impeached. We are caught in geo-politics and globalizations end game.

    But I’m in Canada a country that has gone so far left these last 12 years that there may be no way out for us. In less than two weeks we will have a federal election in Canada and it appears we will have a Conservative (Republican) government. It will be too little to late for Canada but it will mean improved relations between North Americas biggest trading partners just in time to address what seems to be shaping up as a continental depression for North America. Maybe the U.S. will declare bankruptcy as a nation and then we will move to a mutual North American currency with Mexico, the United States and Canada?
    http://www.naefa.org/Presidential%20Address.htm

    http://www.iie.com/publications/newsreleases/newsrelease.cfm?id=68

    http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/ineas-aes.nsf/en/ra01917e.html

    As we try to survive against what will be a stronger European Union and the emergence of Asia as the new economic engines of the world.

    We could see a federated North America rather than the US Republic style government. We will all be making less and looking to government to solve this economic crisis. That is what government wants more than anything is more centralization not less. We will have the appearance of autonomy but be subject to the new world order of economics that will be the E.U. Impeaching president Bush will not alter the tectonic shifts in global economic control.

    Reclaiming our governments from the geo-political masters is our only hope. We need some kind of continental Boston Tea party. The individual citizen needs to realize that our governments no longer serve the interests of the people. Our governments serve the economic and political agenda of the multi-national/transnational corporations. We are witness to the dismantling of democracy and the subjugation of the populace by the state.

    Pray, and pray often for never before in North American history will it be more important to be good neighbors and friends as in the closing years of this decade.

    We the people are now confronted by such times as were visited by our forefathers. What do we say to their example and their vision? Has the time come to rise from our collective adolescence as nations and realize the need for a new and better government? A government held accountable by the people and a government that serves the people and not the imperialist powers of our age. A government that reflects the values and aspirations of the citizen and not the corporate citizen.

    Think well on it.

    “In Congress, July 4, 1776
    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 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 to 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.”

    Our new list can begin here:

    Yours in democracy;
    Mark A.

  7. James January 9, 2006 9:53 am

    I tend to agree with Jimbo - the courageous acts are the paths less taken. Bush claims to be a Christian, but it was Jesus who said:

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:38:45 RSV)

    I don’t think it is an impeachable offense to be a bad Christian - nobody is perfect. But I do think his lies to the country and his spying on US citizens is. At the very least they deserve an honest examination.

  8. Sir Francis Bacon January 9, 2006 9:57 am

    “Read not to contradict and confute. . .nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.”

    Sir Francis Bacon

  9. ChemicalGal January 9, 2006 2:17 pm

    Wow Jimbo, wish I’d phrased mine that way. You hit the nail on the head.

    Thank you
    ChemicalGal

  10. JWW3+ January 9, 2006 2:51 pm

    What is going on? Impeach Bush because he lied? Impeach him because he took us into a questionable war? We owe the world 45 trillion dollars folks with or without Bush. The Democrats are spending money as fast as the Republicans. Half a trillion dollar annaul deficits as far as the eye can see. The printing presses are running.
    Gold is a possible salvation, but the government (both parties) will outlaw its ownership real soon.
    Bush is NOT the issue. Our entire government is the issue. Why waste time and money on an impeachment. In just three short years we will have a new president. Hillary and Bill? Better yet throw the Republicans out of office this November if you want. But impeachment?

  11. Jimbo January 9, 2006 2:59 pm

    Thanks, ChemicalGal. I actually thought the same about what you said!

    Jimbo

  12. Bud Buddy (Red State) January 9, 2006 3:07 pm

    Impeachment???????

    Killin’ A-Rabs for no good reason……

    Impeachment????????

    Takin from the poor to give to the super rich…….

    Impeachment ?????????

    Spyin on everybody…….

    Impeachment??????????

    He’s just one of us !!!

    What’s wrong with you people?????????

  13. Dan January 9, 2006 3:12 pm

    Some of this impeachment talk has to do with payback for Clinton. However, I think that, as James said, there deserves to be at least an honest examination of what happened.

    It seems like this need for speed in our society undermines the very point of living anymore. Remember the election in 2000? There was an artificial deadline by which the Florida votes had to be recounted. The Supreme Court ate up much of that clock making their deliberations. In the end, we got the result that was expedient, not the one that was correct.

    The same with the rush to war and the Patriot Act after 9/11. The country was terrorized, and it allowed for these un-thought-out decisions to be made. Now we’re stuck with them.

    So yeah, SB, there is some armchair quarterbacking going on here, but it is OUR society. That is OUR job as citizens, to keep the government in check. There is no point in discussing what you would have done or what I would have done if you or I were president. That is a pretty useless exercise at this point, don’t you think? What do you aim to accomplish from that exercise?

    SB, I would like to know what you suggest we do about the problems we have now? Should we just forget about the lies and move on, and hope that it will somehow get better? What is the hurry in where we have to get to?

    America used to be a place where things were done right. “Good enough for government work,” believe it or not, used to mean a high quality, well done job. That was back when citizens were participants. Now it has come to mean just good enough to get by. In the future, based on our recent regimes, I can imagine that it will come to mean telling lies to get what you want/need because you know that no one will hold you responsible.

    It is a sad state of affairs, but we have to do what is right, and that is to hold someone accountable when they tell a lie. If we let it slide, we are just as guilty.

  14. Kelleher January 9, 2006 4:22 pm

    All this talk of impeachment for W is funny. If we’re to belive some of these posts, one minute he’s dumber than a doorknob, and the next he’s Dr. Evil. Sadly, most Americans could care less about the workings of their government as long as they have full bellies and TV to watch. This country has been following the same general course as the hundreds of republics that preceded it throughout history. Since WWI we’ve been hellbent on a course to empire and eventually our demands for more “democracy” will wash away the last vestiges of republican governance. The day will come when a popular, charismatic leader sends Congress and the Supremes packing to do the “will of the people”. FDR might have been that leader had he lived through WWII.

    So please drop the Republican/Democrat charades and bickering. We are at or near the tipping point and it really doesn’t matter which party holds the reins when it the imperium becomes official. IMO as imperator Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush would be equally ruthless in exploiting all of the wonderfull new tools and toys made available over the past 50 years.

  15. ChemicalGal January 9, 2006 4:44 pm

    I haven’t really seen Republican/Democrat charades on this forum.
    What President Bush has done is wrong. And he should be called on the carpet for it. It would be wrong no matter to what party he belonged.

    If at some point, we the people do not take this country back and get together & WORK TOGETHER to put it back together, we are in deep doodoo. It doesn’t matter who the person is, if they break the law, they should be tried and judged innocent or guilty. And that goes for the President or an Arab hijacker.
    We are a nation of law. You are innocent until proven guilty. And Justice is for all!

    If they are our leaders it is only worse. They talk about ballplayers sending bad messages to our kids. What message do you think the President is sending to them?

    Okay, so only the House can call for impeachment and only the Senate can try the President and we can only make our feelings known to them.

    But something else we can do. Get to know your neighbors, work together to improve just your community, then spread out and start another community improvement program and let it spread. WE ARE NOT HELPLESS AND WE CAN DO SOMETHING.
    Best
    ChemicalGal

  16. Raver January 10, 2006 5:02 am

    Comments do not appear to be Dem vs Rep, as conservatives seem to believe - ie. let’s impeach Bush because we hate his conservative political views. Rather true non-partisan Americans should consider working to impeach the entire Bush administration (B/Cheney/et all) for the CRIMES and MISDOMEANORS they have committed (starting with stealing both elections), illegal wars and torture, internal spying and failing to either protect us or find the villians (OBL).
    Some here believe that Bush can’t be both stupid and evil. Why not? I do. Ever hear him speak?

  17. Kelleher January 10, 2006 8:03 am

    Like it or not, the current administration was elected under a constitutional process. If you’re serious about “working to impeach the entire Bush administration (B/Cheney/et all)”, then you are actually talking about a revolution. Castro managed to pull his off with 12 soldiers and a tank. Start printing those flyers and go for it!

    I’ll watch the fireworks from my house in the hills.

  18. Dan January 10, 2006 9:50 pm

    Should he be impeached? Yes. Will he be impeached? No. However, I beleive he will go down in history as our worst president, a fool and a bully, and that history will be written quickly. He will die in shame for the deaths he has caused. It bothered me when he was elected, but I was truly saddened when he was re-elected. To me it seemed that many people refused to admit that they could have been wrong the first time around.

    Here is an excerpt from a report prepared during the war by the Unites States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile. From Wikipedia.

    His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. - OSS report page 51

  19. Marty January 11, 2006 11:47 am

    This country is facing one of the most serious constitutional crises in its history. President Bush has claimed virtually absolute authority to act in contradiction of federal and international law. In the recently disclosed National Security Agency operation, he has claimed the right to order surveillance that may be a crime under federal law. Last week, it was disclosed that when Bush signed a prohibition on torture he had long opposed, he reserved the right to violate it if he deemed it in the nation’s interests.

    The Framers gave our nation three branches in a system of checks and balances to prevent the concentration of power. The Republican-controlled Congress has remained largely passive in the face of these extreme assertions of power, leaving only the judicial branch as a check. Over the past five years, many federal judges — including Republican appointees — have stood against some of the president’s most extreme actions. -Jonathan Turley, USA Today editorial

  20. Mike T J January 11, 2006 6:44 pm

    The Iraq War is a living example that war is not a political tool. It is a failure of politics. For this Bush Jr. should be impeached.

    Whether you agree with the war or not, the Bush administration has executed the Iraq War incompetently. For this Bush Jr. should be impeached.

    The Bush administration latest excuse for the war, Democratization of Iraq, will fail when Iraq turns into a tribal militarized shite theocracy. For this Bush Jr. should be impeached.

    The Iraq/Iran theocratic alliance locking horns with Saudia Arabia over the Saudi oppression of the shites in the eastern provinces and lobbing missiles at each other will result in shutting down the global oil supply, and putting the lights out in the world along with furnaces and cars. For this Bush Jr. should be impeached.

    For breaking the US military by missing recruiting goals, and having junior and mid level officers bail out of frustration with lies and BS from senior politicized senior military staff. Bush Jr. should be impeached.

  21. Richard Nixon January 13, 2006 8:35 pm

    The ACLU flat out says Bush lied, compares him to Nixon, and calls on Congress to to renew its bipartisan commitment to our Constitution’s system of checks and balances in a full page NY Times ad:

    http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/23271res20051229.html

    “I am not a crook” - Richard Nixon
    “I am not, either” - George Bush

  22. bigskyMike January 14, 2006 5:31 pm

    Political debate is like arguing the color red. Some really see it better than others. And we all “know” that seeing is believing.

    As much as I dislike some Presidents, I’m glad we at least have a system that provides for one. And I’m glad we’ve seen the wisdom of limiting presidential terms. I wish we would do the same for those professional politicians in the legislative branch. Hopefully with a President we get some directional leadership. We have a ride. We can stick our heads out the window and feel the wind on our noses. At least we don’t spin our wheels and go nowhere forever – letting situations fester and corrupt without end.

    I would not be so quick to call for a presidential impeachment with every mistake (real or perceived) or when things don’t go my way. That’s why we have elections and intolerably long election campaigns.

    Regarding elections, I support the Electoral College, a very wise thing this. Being a resident of a low-population landlocked state I would like my vote to count. I think my state among others of limited size have much to offer in the way of perspective that is often lost on the higher-density coastal areas it seems. It’s this diversity of perspective across the continent that has been a tremendous strength for the US. Why should the Presidential election be dictated by a “popular” vote that is generated primarily by a geographically limited area of the country that just happens to have a high population density? Recipe for another secession attempt or civil war. We don’t need that.

    Personally, I would like to see more people calling for the dethroning of members of the legislative branch, the judicial branch, the media, and the Federal Reserve. These are the guys with real power and duration of “office.” These are the people who should be watched a lot more closely and the focus of most of our criticism. These are the guys who have lots of cover to hide while they distort, manipulate and cause the most damage. Presidents come and go. Their purpose is directional leadership. If they are doing that, good enough, the impact of their leadership however depends a lot on the other guys pulling the strings.

    Dayton, NV

  23. River January 15, 2006 11:56 am

    Mr. Bush, You Can Stop Protecting Me Now by SusanG
    Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 12:07:11 PM PDT

    Originally published: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/1/14/14711/6701

    ————————————

    Bush Says Gitmo Is ‘Necessary’
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2006

    (CBS/AP) At a joint White House news conference, President Bush rejected a plea by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be shut down. He called the four-year-old camp “a necessary part of protecting the American people.”

    ————————————

    Mr. Bush, I’ve decided the price is too high for my conscience. If Gitmo - and the torture and denial of due process accompanying it - is a necessary part of protecting me, I hereby officially release you from the obligation. I’m opting out of this protection racket you’ve set up. Think of me as just one less tile on the human shield you’ve created, using the safety and fear of American citizens to hide behind while you seize more power.

    After years of soul-searching, I’ve decided to take my chances in a risky and unpredictable world - one from which your administration can’t fully insulate me anyway, even with the best of intentions - than to live my life duct-taped and “safe” in a wire-tapped American closet where I’m not free to tell you I think you’re a nincompoop and a danger to humankind.

    Besides, I’ve seen New Orleans on TV. Color me unimpressed with your ability to protect me while you strip away my rights. Even if I were willing to cower and cringe and hurl my notorious “freedoms” in your lap willynilly, you’d hardly be the “protector” first on my speed dial. (Don’t believe me? Check out my calls in the bloated vacuum bag attached to your illegal NSA operations.)

    But let me make my stand crystal clear: This “protection release” is not a matter of your documented incompetence, it’s a matter of principle. Stop using me. Stop trying to terrorize me with Islamic boogeymen. Stop trying to convince me that if I just never, ever criticize you or question you, I will never, ever die. That might work with your Christian fundamentalist fellow travelers (who for all their professed and righteous belief in a blessed afterlife seem awfully averse to actually getting there), but I’m not buying it. Unlike an apparent majority of American voters, I don’t think membership in our national cult of exceptionalism has automatically exempted me from personal death. The fact that I was born on a certain continent in a certain era does not automatically signal to me that nothing bad - especially dying - will befall me.

    I can live with the fact that someday I will die, no matter how many of my “freedoms” you take away. Please, direct your future energies toward protecting those who think denial of death and bargaining away the raucous, electrically vivid and unpredictable present moment is a wonderful way to live a life. Count me out.

    And another word to the wise …. I noticed the following passage from the same article:

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    Mr. Bush said the prison camp would remain open “so long as the war on terror goes on, and so long as there’s a threat.”

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    Psssst. It’s time to crack open those history books you were too busy partying to delve into at Yale. Human beings and their self-constructed civilizations have been terrorizing each other since we crept out of the amniotic pre-historical seas (and yes, we did crawl out, despite the histrionics of your faith-based friends - and I suspect you know it). Hell, my neighbors terrorize me and mine when they drive too fast down the street, an immediate threat of the first order. I doubt I’m going to get around any time soon to constructing a prison on my block and picking up the speedsters - and whatever innocent walks by - for permanent incarceration.

    See? I live with risk and terror and threat every day without resorting to illegalities. I suggest you try doing the same.

    I’d like to think you’re simply ignorant that you’ve effectively declared “Forever War,” but I’m convinced you - or at least your speechwriters and advisors - are not.

    On a final note, please tell me the following quote from you - ostensibly about Iran - is an example of that Texas humor I confess to not getting:

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    “It’s very important for non-transparent societies to not have the capacity to blackmail free societies,” Mr. Bush asserted.

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    Secret prisons. Surveillance. American citizens held and tortured for four years without charges. Pacifist groups being spied on by the DOD.

    Please assure me this “non-transparent society” statement is a gag, kinda like looking under that table for WMD’s or joking about your binge drinking in New Orleans while bodies floated face downward in the streets. You know, tasteless but funny in Dallas, yet leaving the rest of the nation appalled.

    Because if you’re not joking, I’m really terrified. And no matter how many rights you take away from me, you can’t protect me from my biggest fear: You.

  24. mark January 15, 2006 9:44 pm

    Impeach Dubya? You’ve got to be kidding. He singlehandedly ended our eight year nightmare of peace and prosperity.

  25. Dr JC Watson January 16, 2006 6:59 am

    Impeach bush?

    Why Bother

    He is a symptom not the cause of the problem!

    Would Kerry have been better?

    Can not prove it by me!

    He was just as bad in other ways!

    Freedom has a price, Many Americans are not willing to pay that price!

    The price is keeping your nose out of your neighbors business or risking a punch in that nose!

    We ask government to be our nose into our neighbors business because we are buzy bodies and fools!

    We get the government we as a whole deserve!

    Was Patrick Hennry’s blood wasted on the folks who now live in the USA?

  26. Tradinoncoffee January 23, 2006 11:32 pm

    I have a quote:

    “The sky is falling…the sky is falling….”
    Chicken Little

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