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09/23/2005: Time to Impeach "the Messenger"

And for those "Remorse Buyers" to do their part by voting OUT this GOP majority in the next election. Then can there be a Full Investigation into this bAdministration and that long deferred "Accountability Moment" Paid in Full via an Impeachment of this entire grossly incompetent crew.

It's our very lives and safety as a Nation which is ON THE LINE.

What to do about the Bush problem by Robert Parry [Hat tip to The Smirking Chimp]:

“The stark question now before the country is: Should it sit still for the next three-plus years of George W. Bush’s presidency or demand accountability, including possibly the removal of him and his political team from office?

Though it’s true that impeachment of both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would be an extreme step, this constitutional option must be judged against the alternative of a continued national leadership that is facing worsening crises while known for a trademark refusal to admit mistakes or to make meaningful adjustments to its policies.

Over and over, Bush has made clear that he has no intention to reverse himself on any of his core decisions, which include the Iraq War, tax cuts weighted toward the upper incomes, tolerance of record budget deficits and rejection of the chief international agreement on global warming, the Kyoto Treaty. (Bush even questions the overwhelming scientific consensus on global warming.)

So, the hard choice is whether the country would be better off starting this political battle now with an eye toward a change in control of Congress in 2006 or simply waiting for the next presidential election in 2008.

Future historians will face the task of explaining how and why the world's supreme nation of the late 20th Century - at the height of its power and affluence - put itself into this fix. Why were the reins of national power turned over to a man who possessed so few qualifications for the job? [For my perspective on how it happened, see Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.]

But the more immediate question for Americans now is what to do next. Should the nation drift for three-plus years while Bush and his allies continue their strategy of consolidating political power (in large part by installing likeminded individuals in the federal judiciary)? Or should the country begin, as best it can, demanding accountability?

For the second option to be viable, however, a number of changes would be necessary.

1. Bush's critics must finally take seriously the need to build a media infrastructure that can explain to a broad cross-section of the American people why they should strip the Republicans of control of Congress in 2006. While progressive talk radio and liberal Internet bloggers have advanced this process, more resources would be needed if the nation's current media imbalance, heavily tilted to the Right, is to be corrected.

2. The Democrats must lay out a national vision for Election 2006 that is based on the principle of public accountability, not just a potpourri of issues aimed at finessing their way to incremental gains. The Democrats would need to make clear that they want a decisive congressional majority so they can investigate the Bush administration - and act on whatever wrongdoing is discovered.

3. The part of the American electorate that is outraged by Bush's actions over the past five years must get engaged in the political process and show both consistency and toughness. If the nation's future is indeed at stake, then the intensity of the political participation must match the importance of the goals.

Even with these steps, the task of holding the Bush administration accountable would be daunting. The conventional wisdom may well be right, that the idea of impeaching Bush and Cheney is simply unrealistic.

After all, the Right possesses a huge media infrastructure built over the past three decades and now rivaling the mainstream (or corporate) media in political influence. Despite some recent cracks, the Republicans have long demonstrated a lock-step discipline, especially when the party's institutional power is threatened. Much of Bush's base also remains intensely loyal, with some viewing him as a messenger from God.”

Karen on 09.23.05 @ 01:52 PM CST

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