Friday, June 29, 2007

They're Trying to Lose, Aren't They? 

As I've mentioned in this space before, Nancy Pelosi has a sound poltical reason for opposing impeachment; it's called "perceived conflict of interest."

That doesn't explain anyone else's excuses, especially none of the Democratic excuses, and especially not when some Republicans are now starting to grumble for impeachment.

Barack Obama, continuing to spin to the middle while not realizing it was his partisan fervor that put him in the spotlight in the first place, is also rejecting impeachment, giving this plausible but wrong reasoning: "I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breeches, and intentional breeches of the president's authority."

Why, yes you do, Obama. Yes you do. That's why the whole Clinton impeachment effort was such a farce, and why it ultimately failed. Clinton never breeched his authority. He just took authority over an intern's britches.

With Bush and Cheney, on the other hand -- if you cannot call what they have done grave and intentional breeches, then there's not a leader in the world you can convict of anything. They have lied to the American People to start wars, they have spied on the American People, they have done everything they can to ignore or destroy the Constitution, they have allowed their corporate friends to act as war profiteers while simultaneously under-providing our troops with necessary armaments and materiel, they have practiced a level of political cronyism in their appointments not seen since the days of Herbert Hoover... and on, and on, and on.

If those aren't grounds for impeachment, I don't know what would be. If Obama can't see that and will not do something about it, then he does not deserve the White House.

Impeachment is a valid tool, when used properly. We cannot let conservative abuse of this tool under Clinton taint the process and make it something unthinkable just because it would seem political. We cannot let our elected representatives wimp out and roll over on this issue.

As they continue their campaigns for the presidency, remind them of that. Democrats were swept into office on the promise of ending the Iraq war and the hope of impeaching the entire Administration. They have done neither. If they can continue to do so, they can just as easily be swept out, along with all the other bums and criminals they refuse to touch.

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