Wednesday :: Jul 18, 2007

Can We Afford Not to Impeach?


by Mary

Kudos to Harry Reid making the Republicans show that they are responsible for thwarting the will of the people. At least it is more evident that the Democrats are actually trying to end the war. In a perfect world, the Republicans would finally cut their losses and join with other Americans in telling Bush it is time to end the war.

Yet if the entire country demanded Bush to stop the war, one wonders whether even that would be enough. Bush is so delusional, he would refuse to listen to God if God's message interfered with his own pre-set belief. As Eric Hoffer wrote in 1951, this is a characteristic of fanatics:

The facts on which the true believer bases his conclusions must not be derived from his experience or observation but from holy writ. "So tenaciously should we cling to the world revealed by the Gospel, that were I to see all the Angels of Heaven coming down to me to tell me something different, not only would I not be tempted to doubt a single syllable, but I would shut my eyes and stop my ears, for they would not deserve to be either seen or heard." To rely on the evidence of the senses and of reason is heresy and treason. It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible. (Section 56)

Glenn Greenwald writes about David Brooks' visit with GWB and as usual when Bush is with "friends" he shows how fanatical he truly is. What Brooks sees as reassuring certitude is in actuality rigid and blind fanaticism which is truly dangerous to our country.

Aside from his depiction of Bush as the Strong, Determined, Principled Warrior-Leader, Brooks also includes this report:

[H]is self-confidence survives because it flows from two sources. The first is his unconquerable faith in the rightness of his Big Idea. Bush is convinced that history is moving in the direction of democracy, or as he said Friday: "It's more of a theological perspective. I do believe there is an Almighty, and I believe a gift of that Almighty to all is freedom. And I will tell you that is a principle that no one can convince me that doesn't exist."

What this says is no one and nothing can stop Bush or make him reassess his decisions as long as he thinks he's in charge and he justifies his decision as directed by God. It doesn't matter that Scaife's newspapers are starting to turn against him. It wouldn't matter if every Senator turned against this war. Bush is not just pathologically wedded to this war, he is incapable of revisiting his decision. No amount of pressure will change that.

That's why impeachment is necessary. And unfortunately, as Glenn Greenwald notes, too many people -- honorable and not so-honorable politicians, journalists, activists and just ordinary people -- have not yet internalized the real danger of leaving Bush in charge. He will never make decisions about Iraq based on reality.

Before the 2004 elections I wrote

The fanaticism of George W Bush is becoming increasingly visible as he becomes further removed from reality and as fewer are willing to question his reasons or his decisions. One does not have to question the motives of George W Bush to worry deeply about the consequences of letting him believe he is infallible and does not need to look at reality. As I noted before, Mao also thought he was doing the right thing when his decisions created the worst famine in the 20th century. Mao also did not suffer being questioned ever.

We have placed the world's most awful weapons in the hands of a fanatic. Impeachment of both him and Cheney would at least take the car keys away. Nevertheless we are living on borrowed time and truly don't have 551 days to get it right.

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