Monday, July 09, 2007

Domestic Enemy Number One

At the beginning of each Congressional term, the entire House and the newly elected (and re-elected) members of the Senate take the following oath of office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
With the revelation that the Vice President’s office has been ignoring the order to save documents for the archives (and their ludicrous attempts to explain why they didn’t have to), followed by the President changing the order so it didn’t apply to the VP, years after the fact, followed by the President trampling on the rule of law to make sure Scooter Libby was rewarded for covering for Cheney with his silence, it is clear that George W. Bush is the greatest domestic enemy this country has seen in at least half a century. In particular, his wanton attacks on the Constitution must have the Founding Fathers whirling in their graves, as he is everything they feared in a leader, everything they wrote the Constitution to protect against.
Yet the Democrats in Congress refuse to take action. They huff and puff, issue subpoenas which are summarily ignored by the Bush regime, and huff and puff some more, followed by some serious tut-tutting. Yet nothing ever happens. Just as with the Iraq funding bill, they are afraid of their own shadows, moral cowards unable to rise to the most egregious offenses. If the lies, corruption, and malfeasance have not been enough, if the trampling of the Constitution has not been enough, surely the treatment of the legislative branch, the first branch named in the Constitution, as an irrelevant nuisance by the Bushistas should be sufficient cause for them to rise to the ultimate challenge. Today brings news that Bush has refused to let two aides testify before Congress on the firing of federal prosecutors, daring the legislature to do something. It is time for them to do something. It is time for the House to offer up a bill of impeachment.
Last week a poll was actually taken (American Research Group) on whether Bush and Cheney should be impeached. Without hearing the case presented, without a single argument being given why, 54% of the public was in favor of Cheney’s impeachment, only 40% against. Bush still has a plurality against, but by the slimmest of margins, 46-45 – surely a few minutes of discussion could turn that around. The people are sick of these monsters, yet Congress does nothing. Does the majority party not have the votes to pass impeachment in the House? Then let us see the quislings who would preserve and defend the enemies of our freedom, so we can remove them in 2008. There is a moral need for this -- the people want it, the framers would demand it; is there no leadership to do the people’s bidding? If Nancy Pelosi is fit for her job than she must take the reins now. The approval rating of Congress has fallen to as low as 14% because Democrats and Independents alike see it as pathetically weak. Put each of the monsters in turn in the dock, show that the Constitution still lives. Removal would be wonderful, but a moment of integrity and accountability would at least furnish an historical precedent worthy of our republic. To do nothing dishonors all who have fought for our freedom and rights the last two centuries. Madame Speaker, the people are waiting.

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