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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dude, Where's My Impeachment?

It's been two weeks since, in a dramatic and bizarre session of the House of Representatives, Dennis Kucinich's resolution to impeach Dick Cheney was passed and proceeded to the Judiciary Committee.

But I don't have to mention this. I mean, what with the huge media frenzy and all, you must be sick of hearing about it!

Oh, wait. Sorry. I was thinking of when a Democrat is impeached for lying about a blow job. My bad!

It is absolutely amazing to me, although unfortunately not surprising, that the traditional media is still this blatant about protecting the Bush Administration from the consequences of its actions.

Could there be a more impeachable vice president than Dick Cheney, after all? The guy's approval rating is 9%. He shot his friend in the face while drunk. He held secret energy meetings wherein he planned the invasion of Iraq for its oil, then planned to divide that oil among his buddies. He was in charge of the antiterrorism task force before 9/11 and didn't hold ONE MEETING. He leaked the name of a covert CIA operative to the media for political purposes, endangering both her and her colleagues. And let's not forget that the Vice President is a one-man Constitutional wrecking ball!

Yet the silence of my TeeVee is deafening. Not even Keith Olbermann, the most outspoken and eloquent broadcaster on the crimes of the Bush Administration, is permitted to speak of impeachment. I'm sure he is biting his tongue nightly, especially when having to do an entire segment on the vitally important vicissitudes of..."American Idol."

A majority of Americans support the impeachment of Cheney and, to a lesser degree, George Bush. But then, it's been a very long time since the traditional news media reflected the views of ordinary Americans; they're too busy trying to please their corporate masters. What they don't understand is, if no one watches, no one buys...

1 comment:

Flying Junior said...

Most of Cheney's crimes against the people of the United States and the peoples of the world were committed in the bright sunlight of a permissive congress and supreme court. In these instances, while no actual laws may have been broken, these actions are in a moral sense extremely criminal and irresponsible. Beginning in 2001 with appointing energy industry insiders to the FERC, easing pollution controls and safety standards, up to the unforgivable crimes of mortgaging the wealth of our nation to commit an unwinnable war of aggression and conquest, the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, the ruination of the lives of countless military personnel... I don't have the mental stamina to recall all of his shameless attacks on all that is decent. Normally, shooting your friend while drunk and covering it up would probably be enough to impeach, but times are extraordinary, and our response should be as well.

It was quite a spectacle to see the belligerent Republicans in congress in effect repeat "Bring it on!" But it is more disheartening that so many Democrats voted against it and are willing to just let it die.

Also, although everyone knows that Cheney is the criminal mastermind, it is not truly his command. Any impeachment of Cheney should go hand in hand with an impeachment of the president. We need to focus on the evidence necessary for a conviction. There are enough crimes committed that if several were under investigation, it is inconceivable that nothing would stick. Cheney should probably go down on the Plame affair. Bush should take the heat for falsified intelligence. Bush needs to be held responsible for Abu Ghraib, renditions to dark countries and all torture that has occured at American hands. The international court should be allowed to prosecute either man in any way that they see fit. That the Democratically controlled congress is unwilling to take even the first steps to accomplish any of this is more than frightening, and is difficult to explain.