Go ahead, impeach Bush; try him

So, Dennis Kucinich has introduced articles of Impeachment against President Bush.

I think he tried this once before, didn’t he? (Ah, I see that was about Cheney.)

The blogs are ablaze with it, of course, Fausta may have been first out of the gate, and both Thomas Lifson and Rick Moran are looking closely at Obama’s remarks about trying people for “war crimes.”

I sort of knew this was where it was all heading two weeks ago when Couric, Gibson and Williams got together for an early morning chitchat that was supposed to be about a “cancer telethon”; it turned out to be a long introduction to Scott McClellan’s book.

The “cancer telethon” looks to be scheduled in September, and – since it seemed odd to be talking about it on the last day of the ratings “sweeps” in May – I’ll stick to my original suspicion, that the “big morning media blitz” was only nominally about cancer and mostly about McClellan, and that his book (and subsequent congressional testimony) – which amounts to, “people had meetings I wasn’t at; even though Armitage outted Plame; I think Cheney did it; the president used propaganda* (about which the Senate Intel Committee Report released this week repeatedly called “substantiated” (PDF file here) and I think Bush is basically a good man,” – was meant to be a stage-setter for impeachment, inquiries and investigations.

Because heaven knows, this congress hasn’t the stomach to work on solving an actual problem, not unless it means they can blame Bush for something or raise a tax. It remains to be seen whether they can be forced or shamed into actually serving us.

So, as I said last year, let’s do this already. Let’s get the Impeachment going. Let’s see those cases for war crimes. Instead of implying all manner of Bushian evil by whispering the words, let’s see it all. Make your cases. Bring the evidence. Get the testimony, under oath.

You may or may not destroy the enemy you’ve so loved to hate these last 5 years (and how funny that your “enemy” is not the group pledged to kill you , but the guy trying to save your silly asses) but likely you will destroy yourselves in the process. You may destroy the country, too, but if that’s what it takes to get the truth out there, so be it.

This reminds me of the Stephen Crane poem, In The Desert:

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter – bitter”, he answered,
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.”

May 2007 Joy Behar, taking a cue from Al Gore, read some reasons to impeach Bush. Here they are again, for your edification, and I still hold with my responses from back then. Like I said, it’s time for the Democrats and the left to stop dancing around this – with all their “oooohhhhh-we’re gonna-getcha” warnings and hintings. Go ahead and throw the punch!

I read a transcript of the execrable morning program The View in which Joy Behar, a Gore-adoree of the first water, reads from one of these lists:

JOY BEHAR: I was watching Al Gore on, on “Larry King” last night and, you know, he has a new book out, Al Gore, where he basically really says that Bush was the worst president that we’ve ever had in the history of the country…Does anyone have any idea why we can’t get rid of this guy who stole the election in 2000, killed the surplus with tax cuts…Wanting to privatize social security. Let me get through the list. He withdrew us from the Kyoto Treaty, John Ashcroft. Sat in the classroom after learning about 9/11…He lied to us to get us into the war. He awarded a no-bid contract to Halliburton, Abu Ghraib. He promoted his friend Michael Brown to take care of Katrina. Heck of a job, Brownie. Remember that? He doesn’t listen to the Iraq Study Group. He choked on a pretzel…He waited a week to visit New Orleans and then only to watch some jazz. He stood by Alberto Gonzales…and he stood by Rumsfeld, who some people think is a war criminal. He can’t pronounce the word “nuclear.” These are just some of the reasons…this guy needs to be thrown out of office.

Oh, I think it’s definitely time. Let’s do it – let’s impeach President Bush! In order to establish and investigate the articles of impeachment, let’s have all of this brought forward and get it all looked into, for real, let’s get it all entered into a real, actual record, instead of in someone’s book of dreams and opinions or in a convenient, “bumperstickeresqe” meme. Let’s get all the tawdry lists and narratives together and finally get them “on the record and testified to.” We can start with the Gore/Behar list:

1) Bush Stole the Election!

Let’s have the editors of the NY Times and the consortium of newspapers who took the time to actually Recount Florida Gore’s Way testify – under oath – that their 10,000 word article admits that yes, Bush really did win the election, or that no, their piece was a lie. Let’s get it on the record.

And while we’re at it, let’s shine a little light on some real voter fraud.

2) Bush Lied Us Into War!

Let’s have President Clinton, Senator Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, Edward Kennedy, Madeline Albright, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Jack Murtha, Sandy Berger and all the rest (including – again – the NY Times) testify – under oath – that when they were telling the world – from 1998 right up to the Iraq invasion – that Saddam Hussein “had WMD” and given half a chance would “use them,” and that the intelligence they saw from President Bush and SecState Powell either was (as Sen. Clinton said) “consistent with the intelligence we saw in the White House [from 1998-2000],” or it was not. Let them testify that they were telling the truth then, or that they were lying through their teeth, all along and the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act was mere hogwash. Oh and that when they voted for the war, they didn’t actually mean it, too.

Let’s get it on the record, and settled once and for all – including this transcript.

And, don’t forget that Intelligence Committee Report and all those substantiations.

3) Bush Wanted to Privatize Social Security!

Oh, heavens – let’s not try something novel to save a program that’s going under! What was the Democrat plan, again, to “save” Social Security? What have they done to “save” it…ever? What is their plan besides “raising taxes?”

4) Bush Killed the Surplus with Tax Cuts!

I remember reading about a projected surplus – (H/T Jimmy) not an actual, “money in the bank” surplus, and I’ll have to call out a bleg here, because I also remember reading reports, after Clinton left office, which said the GAO was finding discrepancies by some 30% within the Clinton projections, but at that time I wasn’t saving stuff and sometimes it’s surprising what you can’t find on Google. [UPDATE: ABWTF has more on this, and thanks! - admin] There is more clarification on the MYTHICAL surplus here.

Be that as it may, nine months after Clinton left office with a real or projected surplus the nation was attacked. The airlines and New York City needed bailing out; we began funding action in Afghanistan, etc – so, yeah, those projected surpluses went away; the projections did not anticipate terrorist attacks in two US cities. The big, bad tax cuts (which the Congress voted in a second time, soundly) seem to have propelled us to spectacularly low unemployment rates (remember, when Clinton was in office we accepted that 5.6% unemployment was “virtually full” employment). And even, yes, the New York Times is admitting that tax receipts are at record highs and are lowering the deficit. That’s what happens when everyone is working because businesses aren’t being taxed to death, but if you think it’s impeachable, honey, bring it on.

5) Bush Killed the Kyoto Treaty!

Once again, In 1999 Bill Clinton shelved the Kyoto Treaty because the Senate made it clear – unanimously – that they would not ratify the thing, rejecting it 95-0. President Bush has initiated a plan that moves beyond Kyoto and actually works, and doesn’t cripple economies or put us into the odd position the noble Kyoto-ratifying countries now find themselves, wherein they cannot live within their Kyoto-prescribed limits, while America is cutting emissions without Kyoto. Australia wishes it could get out of the racket, but you don’t want to hear it. You don’t want the reality. You have your convenient narrative, and you don’t want to look at the fact that Bush is greener than Al Gore ever thought to be. Mustn’t allow reality get in the way of “truthiness” when it serves irrational hate.

And btw, there is some evidence that the loudest incorrect-meme-repeaters are really not that serious about environmental stuff, alternative energy and conservation.

Shall we move on? What’s next on the list? “John Ashcroft,” (oh, wait, Ashcroft is a hero now…nevermind)

6) Bush sat in the classroom after learning about 9/11!

Da-da-da-dahhhhhh SUPERMAN! By all means, President Bush, having an aide whisper “we’re under attack” into his ear before a roomful of small children and the press, should have leapt up, scared the children and panicked the country before anyone really knew what was going on – he should have dashed out into his limo before the Secret Service could ascertain that he and his motorcade were also not being targeted so he could…what, exactly? Bite his lip and cry? Save the people jumping from the WTC’s? What exactly was the president supposed to do in those seven minutes – what could he do – that would have changed anything? What would any other president have done? Da-da-da-daaaahhhhh SUPERMAN! And if he’d jumped up from his seat and done something, you’d have criticized him for “scaring the children” or “acting like a hero.” You probably would say he planned the attack so he could look good when the cameras were on him, too. Because that’s where hate takes you – to a place where no matter what someone does, you’re gonna hate him for it. And it should be noted, others sat around for much longer than 7 minutes.

7) Bush awarded a no-bid contract to Halliburton!

Please name the work for which Halliburton was contracted and then expound on what other companies do the same work with the same level of expertise and experience as Halliburton. We’ll wait. This is Impeachment we’re talking about…this is all going to have to come under real investigation and involve real testimony, and good lawyers never ask questions to which they do not already know the answers – so you should know that 94.7% of all of Halliburton’s contract funds came through “full and open competitive bids”, shouldn’t you? (Thanks, Ed!)

Let’s get it on the record and see how impeachable this is. While we’re at it can we also note that Clinton did the same and that under Bush, Ken Lay was convicted for what he did at Enron while Clinton was in office? I’m just saying! You want to talk about entities having undue influence on a president? Please, please do.

’8) Bush promoted his friend Michael Brown to take care of Katrina! Heck of a job, Brownie. Remember that?

Yes, I remember. 100 hour after stormfall the Federal Government had put an enormous amount of good into action. Do you remember that disaster aid and relief is the provenance first of the Local, then of the State, then of the Federal government? Do you remember that President Bush called Gov. Kathleen Blanco three days before Katrina hit and asked her to please start evacuating people and to let the Federal Government begin to help her, and her refusal? Do you remember Ray Nagin’s unused buses?

Do you remember Kathleen Blanco dithering and turning down help, refusing to put the National Guard into action (that was her job, not the president’s and if he’d done her job for her you would have – admit it – screamed that he was overstepping his bounds and dissing a female governor, to boot!) Do you remember the Red Cross saying they were prevented by local government from going into NOLA to help? Do you remember all the exaggeration and disinformation everywhere? Do you remember that practical action was dismissed as not enough? Do you remember that after Katrina passed over NOLA, people were hanging out in the streets because the levees hadn’t yet broken and the whole world thought we’d dodged a bullet? Do you remember the Democrats seizing an opportunity, not to help, but to play politics through all of this? And that they did it again, just recently, in Kansas? Do you remember the 13 Katrina Myths?

Oh, I remember it, and I think we should get it out there. Let’s impeach President Bush and get this all on the record. Get Blanco’s testimony. Get Nagin’s. Let’s get everyone under oath and finally look good an hard at Katrina, at NOLA, and at why funds earmarked to shore up those levees somehow got diverted. Not by Bush. I’m up for this, let’s do it. Do you think the press will enjoy everyone finally understanding just how poor a job they did in getting their facts straight on that story?

9) Bush ignored the Iraq Study Group!

So did everyone else.

10) Bush choked on a pretzel! He can’t say nuclear the way we want him to! He talks like a Texan! We hate him!

Please. Impeach the president. Do it. Bring all of your accusations, narratives, memes, large conspiracy theories and small distrusts, petty dislikes and visceral hatreds. Let’s make it a very thorough impeachment, with long, hard looks and bright, hot lights, and everyone under oath and on the record! You won’t mind if – once we finally lance the purulent boil that is George W. Bush – some of the pus splashes up on you, will you? For the good of the nation?

(*I have no problem with generous AIDS funding, but the point can certainly be made that Bush was less manipulating of the evidences before him than these folks.)

Read Stephen Green at Pajamas Media on this issue:

Now, I’m against the use of torture, starting with the fact that as Americans, we’re supposed to be better than that. But when a total of three non-Geneva-protected prisoners, in a raging war zone, were threatened with fake drowning for a total of less than a minute, and valuable intelligence was obtained… well, that’s not exactly up there with Jimmy Carter’s abandonment of 52 American hostages to the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 1979.

No Pasaran is glad to see the WaPo article and thinks it’s a good time to revisit the 2004 charge that Bush was the world’s worst leader, and see how it holds up.

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