And he is, make no mistake about it. Even if control of the Senate ultimately stays in GOP hands (unlikely at this point, but still possible) the House has a comfortable Democratic margin. John Conyers of Michigan is set to become the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and that body is the most important one right now because it is where any impeachment proceedings must start. It is also where Conyers is in a position to launch official investigations of Bush's crimes in office.
A lot of people are on the fence about impeaching and removing George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. A lot of people are concerned about what would happen to America if we Democrats launched investigations and impeachment proceedings now, just over a year from the official start of the 2008 presidential elections.
I am writing this blog entry to explain to you some of the top reasons why Bush and Cheney must suffer impeachment. They are:
1.) The Crimes.Congress, now that it is under Democratic control, has a duty to investigate the crimes of the Bush regime and make the full truth known. It must clean up the corruption, and it must stop Bush and Cheney cold in their tracks. The regime will not stop its warmaking plans against Iran simply because they no longer have a pliant Legislature, and the now minority GOP will do everything in its power to block and obstruct Democrats from anything and everything. Therefore, Democrats must unite and put a stop to them. If not, the party will lose in '08 and the American people, betrayed and let down by their government once again, might be inclined to take matters into their own hands.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have committed a multitude of crimes in office, not the least of which are authorizing the torture of uncharged, unconvicted prisoners; the eliminations of habeus corpus and other key portions of the U.S. Constitution; the illegal wiretapping of American citizens in violation of both the Constitution and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a federal law; the rigging of two presidential elections; and criminal negligence over 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; hundreds of signing statements declaring his intention to ignore laws passed by Congress...the list goes on for miles.
2.) The Political Ramifications.
First of all, let me remind you dear readers that the GOP had no problem investigating then-president William Jefferson Clinton over Whitewater, nor did they care about the ramifications of impeaching him when they trapped him into lying under oath about an extramarital affair, having failed to find him guilty of anything in the Whitewater hearings. They did not lose control of Congress, and they were still able to seize the White House in a hotly contested election. In fact, during the six years since the stolen election of 2000 they maintained their stranglehold on Congress and stole the presidency a second time. Democrats can do things quite differently. While Republicans had nothing of substance on which to convict or impeach Clinton, there are plenty of high crimes Bush and Cheney have committed that have a great deal of substance. We can reveal all sorts of things via subpeona power, leaks to the press, and controlling the discussion in the media. And the best part is, we'd simply be revealing the full truth and scope of what Bush, Cheney and the rest of the regime has done. No lying, no spinning, just the full revelation of the facts. I guarantee you that once the full truth becomes known the public will again reward Democrats, in 2008.
3.) The Consequences of Failure.
The American voters did not elect Democrats to power after twelve years just to watch us fritter away any and all chances to hold Bush and Cheney to account for their crimes. They elected us to power because they are sick of corruption, deceipt, criminality in office, and outright treason by the regime. Those lying fuckers outed a CIA NOC for political revenge, and posted twenty-year-old nuclear weapons specs on the Internet in Arabic for crying out loud! Do you honestly think those acts were not giving aid and comfort to America's foreign enemies? If Democrats fail to investigate, impeach, remove and imprison George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, not only will voters take it out on the party at the polls in '08 but there is a greater implication: failure to do these things will set a terrible precedent and send a much more frightening message to future generations, that an executive can commit any crime in office and get away with it, because no one wants to stop and punish him out of some misplaced fear over what it might do to the country. The truth is, it would do far more harm to America to not investigate the crimes of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and impeach them.