Why Won’t We Impeach Dubya?


A recent poll by the American Research Group found that 45% of Americans want President George “Dubya” Bush to face impeachment, and 54% think that Cheney should be kicked out of office. Bruce Fein, the guy who wrote the first article of impeachment for Clinton and a dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republican, is now volunteering to write the articles for Bush and Cheney. Now, you may ask, “In the words of the Virgin Mary: Come again? A Republican conservative calling for the impeachment of the president?” That’s right! In fact, Fein said that Bush’s crimes are much worse than Clinton’s. On a Bill Moyers special in mid July, Mr. Fein said:

“[Bush] is seeking more institutionally to cripple checks and balances and the authority of Congress and the judiciary to superintend his assertions of power. He has claimed the authority to tell Congress they don’t have any right to know what he’s doing with relation to spying on American citizens, using that information in any way that he wants in contradiction to a federal statute called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He’s claimed authority to say he can kidnap people, throw them into dungeons abroad, [and] dump them out into Siberia without any political or legal accountability. These are standards that are totally anathema to a democratic society devoted to the rule of law.”

Yet no one is doing anything to stop this insanity. Congress, under the Republicans, didn’t do a thing to stand in Bush and Cheney’s way, and now that the Democrats are in power, there doesn’t seem to be anything different. And even mentioning impeachment is seen as a taboo. Why? Is impeachment such a terrible thing? The founding fathers, in the Constitution, make no mention of corporation or political parties or conventions or primaries or caucuses. But they do make six separate points about impeachment. Obviously they thought it was important. They viewed impeachment not as a constitutional crisis, but the cure for a constitutional crisis, and that, Dear Reader, is what we are currently facing.
Recently, I took a trip to the People’s Republic of California, in particular to San Francisco, in the season of what they refer to as “summer”. On every manhole cover in “The City” is a beautiful stamp with our beloved, fearless leader’s face and the words “Impeach Bush” under it. San Francisco, part of the 8th Congressional District of California, once had a great congresswoman named Nancy Pelosi. I’m sure it broke her peoples’ hearts when she said that “impeachment is off the table,” wanting to try and win political points by nitpicking at the Republicans to strengthen their position for 2008 rather than take a stand for what is right, showing that they are the spineless, wussy, supine, political incompetents that the Republicans always accuse them of being. Not only will they not take up impeachment, they won’t even use their real power – the power of budget control. In 1973, Congress told Richard Nixon that there wasn’t any money to extend the war into Cambodia. Even tricky Dickey had to concede to Congress.
In fact, Nixon wouldn’t have gotten away with half of the stuff Bush has with the 70s Congress. Sara Taylor, the Deputy Assistant to the President who reported directly to Carl Rove, was subpoenaed by Congress to testify about the US Attorney scandal. She was told by Bush not to testify and the she took an oath to “uphold the president”. Since when do people who work for the government take an oath to a human being? She works for the American people who pay her fucking salary! And that was followed up by Bush telling Harriet Miers, the President’s former council and Christian nut case, that she couldn’t testify, either. Even Nixon, the man we think of as the worst of the worst, didn’t have the audacity to tell John Dean (Nixon’s White House council) that he couldn’t testify about Watergate.
That’s right, folks; it has to do with a little thing called the Constitution, which, if you read it, contains some interesting points. The founders saw a distinct possibility of dealing with a President who might try to curb the arm of the law to prevent members of his administration from testifying to Congress, thus exposing the President’s crimes. He could use his authority and power to pardon to prevent a Congressional investigation from getting the goods on him. That is why Madison said that the Congress must have the power to impeach. Sound familiar? Yup, old Scooter Libby didn’t even get a chance to say one word to Congress before Bushy let him free.
What we are facing is the most destructive presidency ever. One that, I fear, will pass on a set of precedents and tools to the next administration. A set of tools that allow people who work for us to break into our house, kidnap us, haul us off to secret prisons and torture us, read our emails, open our FedEx packages, and force us to live in fear with ludicrous multi-colored alerts about brown people coming to kill our children – all in the name of keeping us safe. And if anything does go wrong, they’ll just tell us to go shopping.

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Mr. Idaho is the Managing Director of Lush For Life. When he's not running the business and writing, he enjoys playing golf at St. Andrew's in Scotland, and supervising the development of his family's winery, "Dread God Vineyards", in South Africa. During the summer months, he resides on board his luxurious full-sized yacht off the coast of Hong Kong, snorting cocaine off the breasts of $10,000 female escorts while further developing his off-shore contacts with Japanese and Chinese businessmen.

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