Time for Impeachment

| November 11, 2006 | 9 Replies

Maybe I missed something in the post-election flurry, but in the wake of the recent Democratic victories, why did Nancy Pelosi take such pains to assure everyone that “impeachment is not on the table”? Is she already looking to run for president in 2008 and doesn’t want to offend people?

Personally I’d love to see an impeachment. Not so much for the possibility of seeing Bush removed from office (although I wouldn’t mind that at all) but in order to have a real investigation into the lies, deceptions and abuses of power by the Bush administration during the last six years. And I want that information presented in the mass media, so that people who get their news from the television news will hear about what the readers of Paul Krugman and Frank Rich already know. And I want the other people involved to be so exposed and discredited that they can never work in government again.

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    Investigations seem likely, because many people in both houses of Congress have been calling for them and many ran on a platform of making the Bush Administration accountable for its lies. Also, many American people seem to want investigations, too. Personally, I also favor impeachment, but doubt that political reality makes it possible…at least not unless investigations reveal the wide scope of lies that the Bushies orchestrated. One thing I think many Americans would like to know is why (absent political expediency) Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et al., all declared that they "knew" Saddam had WMDs, when they did not appear to have any evidence that he did. The only "bad intelligence" they've presented so far is their own mental processes.

  2. Jason Rayl says:

    You won't see an impeachment of Bush because congress has been far too complicit in green-lighting his programs. When he took us to war, if you recall, only one or two senators (I'm thinking specifically of Byrd in Virginia) questioned the fact that almost no discussion took place over it. Impeach Bush, you embarrass them all. Which might not be a bad thing, but I really don't think it would do us much good just now. Crippling him for the next two years is more than I expected.

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    On November 9, 2006, Truthdig posted an interview of Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in which he insisted that America needs Iraq war hearings.

    Here are some excerpts. For the full interview, see here:

    You can’t lead this country into a war that has lost thousands of U.S. troops and perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, [and that has] cost the American taxpayers $400 billion—and maybe up to $2 trillion—and leave it with some kind of blithe apology.

    It’s OK if somebody was once for the war, and they looked at it again—that’s OK. The problem is the attempt to cover up what was obviously a war based on lies. That’s the problem.

    We may never get out of Iraq if we don’t tell the truth. . . . We need to go over again why we went there. We need to review the statements and all the errors that were made, and from that we bring the country together to take a new direction. It’s all fact-based. And then we start to heal our nation. But we cannot heal America if we continue with policies that are based on lies. We’ll never be able to bring closure to this Iraq matter unless we tell the truth about what happened. So America needs a new approach of truth and reconciliation. This isn’t a Democratic or Republican matter. This is a matter that relates to the conscience of this country. This is a matter of the heart—the heart of democracy itself. This is a matter of whether we’re going to a sober reflection about the events that have transpired since 9/11, with respect to Iraq. And until we do this, we will be trapped not only physically in Iraq, we’ll be trapped emotionally and spiritually in Iraq. We may never get out of Iraq if we don’t tell the truth.

    George Santayana famously wrote that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  (The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905).  I would make a slight alteration:  "Those who do not understand the past are condemned to repeat it."  

    I would hope that hearings would help many Americans understand that they were all-too-easily manipulated by fear mongerers.  See here and here.

    I am not seeking any form of spiteful or vengeful hearings.  That will solve nothing, no matter how much frustration thoughtful people have felt for six years and no matter how much damage has been done by the Bush administration.

    But I am totally in favor of hearings that will help the People see how they were so easily manipulated, so that next time (there will be a next time) it won't happen so easily.

  4. grumpypilgrim says:

    For readers interested in a few of the many types of Bush Administration activies that could, and should, be investigated, here are a few places to start:

    http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/09/19/noaahttp://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2

  5. Erika Price says:

    From the sound of it, some of the other more emphatic Democratic leadership has decided to loosen the reigns as well. Howard Dean has also reiterated a disinterest in impeachment. I find this both understandable and disheartening. Understandable because I know the Democrats want to appear palatable and moderate- if they come on too strongly, they'll pay for it in 2008. At the same time, this discourages me, as always, with the two-party system because it means that partisan politics will keep elected officials from following through and holding their opponents accountable. In the end, everyone merely wishes to guard their own best interests.

  6. libhomo says:

    Here's an action you can take to fight for impeachment.

    http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/88

  7. hogiemo says:

    Impeachment is too light a punishment. I want the black helicopters to pick up Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Wolfie, Fath, Perle and Pipers in the middle of the night and have them held as "enemy combatants". Put 'em away— without lawyers, access to the courts and with no civil remedies against anyone for any alleged illegal incarceration, for at least five years.

    Make 'em all eat sh-t for five years like we have and let 'em go without charges, and pass a law to prevent all similarly situated persons from making any profits from the situation and strip them of their assets and pensions, leaving them naked and farting in the dust.

  8. Sarah Boslaugh says:

    Well, several reputable polls have indicated that a majority of Americans think Bush should be impeached for illegal wiretapping and for lying about Iraq. Why is the Democratic leadership lagging behind?

    http://www.democrats.com/bush-impeachment-poll-2 http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3528

  9. grumpypilgrim says:

    Sarah asks: "Why is the Democratic leadership lagging behind?"

    I would answer this question by suggesting that it is still too soon to be talking seriously about impeachment. Let investigations go forward, let them expose the truckloads of lies that were used to sell America a phony bill of goods on Iraq, let them expose the corruption that permeates the neo-con agenda and the incompetence that permeates the White House, and then let that churn through the hearts and minds of Americans until it creates a festering boil that needs to be lanced. Time it so the infection is widespread during the '08 election season, so Republicans have their feet to the congressional fire when they are trying to run for office. Remember: Republicans skewered the Democrats in the 2000 election because of the lies told by one man — Bill Clinton — so just imagine what might happen in '08 if the whole neo-con branch of the Republican party is shown to be complicit in the lies that were told about Iraq. Indeed, we are already seeing Bush Sr.'s pals being invited into the White House to help free Junior from the influence of his neo-con advisors.

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