The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson
Millions of Americans want George W. Bush impeached. Senator Russ Feingold wants him censured. And Code Pink, the “Women for Peace” activist group, is collecting donations to indict him.
I guess old Dubyah has worn out his welcome. His approval ratings have never been lower and his lies regarding the Iraq war, torture and rendition, Hurricane Katrina, eavesdropping without a warrant, etc. are finally taking their toll.
Even many of his fellow conservatives are turning against him and his policies, including William F. Buckley Jr., the grand kleagle of the conservative movement, who concluded “the American objective in Iraq has failed.”
If you listen to progressive radio, callers are all but saying the “R” word. “Something’s gotta be done” is the quotidian refrain. In other words, if Bush keeps dragging down the country, “revolution” could be right around the corner.
Kevin Phillips, the former Republican aide to Richard Nixon and author of American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, put it a little more delicately when he was interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!
“If I can make bold with your microphone for a minute,” he said, there should be some thought among everybody in the United States — progressives, conservatives, serious centrists, whatever you want to say — about how it becomes clear that this man really cannot function as president.”
He went on to say– and this is the part where he almost used the “R” word: “We need some kind of coalition government now. Before I get into too much trouble for this, let me go back to Britain between the wars, World War I and II, when they were really on the skids. The old parties lost their validity. They were fragmenting. There were small parties, third parties coming up. So they frequently governed by coalition governments.”
If you read between the lines, he’s saying the Democratic and Republican parties are no longer valid. They do not represent the needs of the people and are just pawns of special interest groups, like big oil conglomerates, weapons manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, etc.
Of course, progressives have only been saying this for the LAST 30 YEARS!! But no one was listening. Now the general public is finally beginning to catch on that George W. Bush and his gang of cutthroat capitalist cronies have bankrupted the country, corrupted the political process, and taken all the loot for themselves.
And what happens when millions of Americans realize they’ve been played for saps? They don’t like it very much, and they look to their political parties to do something about it. And if their political parties are unresponsive to their needs, well, that’s what the Declaration of Independence is all about.
Most political observers would say we are not there yet, and that’s probably true. But with Bush in office for almost three more years– and how many more catastrophes during that time? — the country will get that much closer to the tipping point. This is why more and more people want him out of office, even some of his fellow Republican plutocrats.
In article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, it states, “The President, Vice-President and all other civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
In other words, if a president were convicted of a high crime, he would be impeached and removed from office. But how can a president be convicted of a high crime if he is not first indicted, tried, and found guilty?
Therefore, the indictment of George W. Bush and his entire crime family (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc.) may be the best solution at this time since censure is just a slap on the wrist and impeachment is not an option as long as the Republicans control both the House and Senate.
God knows there is a mountain of evidence to convict Bush and his badfellas of all kinds of high crimes and misdemeanors. The question is, will the Democratic and Republican power brokers have the wisdom and the balls to do whatever they need to do to get rid of these monsters?
Or will they continue to be feckless bystanders on the road of destiny as the tree of liberty once again becomes refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants?