Wednesday :: May 4, 2005

The Impeachment That Won't Happen

by pessimist

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is laying out the case for the impeachment of King George:

Impeachment Time: "Facts Were Fixed."

Here it is. The smoking gun. The memo that has, "IMPEACH HIM" written all over it.

The top-level government memo marked "SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL," dated eight months before Bush sent us into Iraq, following a closed meeting with the President, reads, "Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WDM. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

Read that again: "The intelligence and facts were being fixed...."

For years, after each damning report on BBC TV, "Isn't this grounds for impeachment?" Vote rigging, a blind eye to terror and the bin Ladens before 9-11, and so on. Evil, stupidity and self-dealing are shameful but not impeachable. What's needed is a "high crime or misdemeanor."

And if this ain't it, nothing is.

Guess what - the law has a flaw - it's rules are only for fools.

Despite the fact that this is a slam dunk case for impeachment for high crimes and misdemeaners, it isn't going to come about. The law is something to only be applied to those the power elite consider enemies (think Martha Stewart vs. Ken Lay).

There have been many articles and posts recently convering the topic of bullying, and there is one condition that has to be in place before bullying can ever succeed: there can be no 'higher authority' present and willing to act to prevent bullying from happening.

In the United States, that 'higher authority' was a belief in the standards contained in the US Constitution.

But that belief has been supplanted by a bully's rationalization, that Might Makes Right. 'I have the power, and I'm going to use it - on you!'

Self-appointed superior beings - such as those who infest America under the guise of being Republicans - firmly believe in this rationalization. They are taking advantage of a world which recalls all too well what kind of shape they were in 60 years ago and are in no hurry to go there again, no matter what the consequences. By this hesitation, there is no counterweight to the mass in motion that is Bu$hCo, who is freed to run amok and cause a great deal of turmoil.

This hesitation creates in the Bu$hCo Bully Boy$ an image that everyone they see is a Girly Man because they won't raise up their dukes and go mano a mano when confronted with the latest outrageous demand to surrender even more.

And this is why there will be no impeachment of King George.

The Democrats aren't willing to take on the evil task of fighting for their country against those who have stolen it. because they still can't believe that the Republican Party is so totally dominated by those who have no moral values that they will apply to themselves as they do all others. They still, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, adhere to the idea that at some point more principled conservatives will rise up and stand in defense of the nation with them, creating that necessary majority that will end the predations of Bu$hCo.

But that isn't happening, because there are no rules. It is total war, and the Democrats are slow to accept this fact.

The idea of total war is foreign to most Americans these days. Those who do remember - from experience - are aged and dying off by the hundreds daily. Their experience was so horrible that most never opened up to tell of their experiences. They know but they wouldn't tell.

It is different in the rest of the world. They still remember what happened 60 years ago this week with the surrender of Nazi Germany, a government which considered itself superior to all others and above any law. They still remember the destruction inflicted upon Europe as Hitler's ubermenschen fought to the last bullet in defense of the indefensible.

The people of Asia still remember the evil acts of the Imperial Japanese to the point that they protested in the streets - despite the fact that many weren't even alive when these acts occurred - and forced Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi to apologize for wartime attrocities to save currrent economic arrangements.

They still see the streets littered with bodies, the buildings all converted to piles of rubble. They still remember the years of privation while they rebuilt their nations. They still recall all the struggle it took to regain the level of prosperity they once enjoyed before nationalistic fascism stained the world red with blood.

Because they remember that history, and because they are very aware of the dangers nuclear bombs represent, they move cautiously in the face of Bu$hCo - just as any parent who discovered their toddler got a hold of their loaded Smith & Wesson would. Any sudden movement could cause that trigger to be pulled, and no one wants to risk anyone getting hurt.

But people are getting hurt, and the hurt is going to spread. The people of the world still remember.

But we here in America don't, because we are so willing to believe the lies of Bu$hCo that all is under control, and that the economy will make all of us so rich we won't be paying taxes anymore. Once we believe that lie, we will be easy marks to believe anything, as presented by this:

Now, we have the stone, cold evidence of bending intelligence to sell us on death by the thousands and neither a Republican Congress nor what is laughably called US journalism thought it not worth a second look. A conspiracy to commit serial fraud is, under federal law, racketeering. However, the Mob's schemes never cost so many lives.

My friend Daniel Ellsberg once said that what's good about the American people is that you have to lie to them. What's bad about Americans is that it's so easy to do.

The world appeased Hitler and the Nazis until it was too late to avoid total war, and they still remember. They aren't willing to go there if they can avoid it. But as they continue to appease George Bu$h and the PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse, it's becoming more clear then ever that their options are few, and growing fewer. They are soon to have no other choice than to confront the US as Britain and France did Hitler.

We Americans won't act ourselves. We won't bring this insanity to an end. We will be the cause of much worse as a result. We will follow King George over the cliff until someone stops us, leaving those of us who survive to ask why we didn't do something to stop him before it got so terrible.

There is still time, but not for long. And if we Americans won't be the ones taking the action, there are others who will, for they still remember the gross price of inaction - a price they won't be willing to pay again.

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