December 20, 2005
Best Christmas Ever
Sen. Boxer, the Chief Deputy Minority Whip, appeared on a radio program over the weekend with Nixon White House Counsel John Dean, who said that the NSA executive order was an impeachable offense. Boxer said Dean’s statement prompted her to consider the matter and issue the letter to other legal scholars, asking their opinion on the matter and vowing to see the issue explored in the Senate.
“I take very seriously Mr. Dean’s comments, as I view him to be an expert on Presidential abuse of power. I am expecting a full airing of this matter by the Senate in the very near future,” she said in a statement.
Boxer’s letter came on the same day that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is currently Senior Chief Deputy Minority Whip for House Democrats, flatly accused Bush of breaking the law and signaling that impeachment proceedings should be considered.
Posted by Wayne Uff at December 20, 2005 06:17 AM
Pardon me for not feeling the spirit, but the Democratic Party has aided and abetted the GOP's dismantling of the Constitution every step of the way. The cagier Dems may well mention the laughably non-existent possibility of impeachment, but they do so because that's what riles the lefty base and gets progressives to open their checkbooks (as if check-writing will save our expired Republic at this late date).
By and large, we're talking about obsessive careerists telling their constituencies what they want to hear while conducting themselves as stalwart defenders of the Status Quo, whatever it may be.
After five years of watching Bush strut around destroying everything Americans once held dear - and doing so with a hell of a lot of help from Congress - I feel perfectly justified in believing defense of the Constitution isn't a factor in the impeachment "discussion" which, by the way, will implode by design in a heap of GOP and DLC talking points.
Five years ago, when Americans yawned in the face of a judicial coup d'etat, the United States ended its hallowed, tumultous affair with the U.S. Constitution. We are now a nation of men, not laws, and will remain one for the foreseeable future.
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
What helps the Republicans is for us on the left to take the easy way out, to give up and roll over.
Personally, I've already contacted all three women who represent me in Congress (Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi) and told them I strongly support an investigation, and impeachment if the President has done what he says he did.
Well, who am I to steal away the comfort derived from such correspondence.
I don't recall making the suggestion "to take the easy way out, to give up and roll over." However, that is the usual characterization when one suggests the NeoCon Revolution will not be thwarted by the same political establishment which unleashed a dictator on America and gutlessly fostered his recklessness, lawlessness and contempt for The Republic virtually every step of the way.
In the black & white world of America's fresh faced poli-bloggers, no problem is so great it can't be resolved with a petition or a few convincing letters to newspaper editors and Congress.
Unfortunately, any meaningful discussion of extra-political alternatives to The Bush Problem is strictly forbidden in today's United States and - since it can only result in waterboarding or worse - will have to remain safely hidden away in the collective imagination of the citizenry. Such is the country we have become.
Judge Jones's "NOT SCIENCE" ruling noted that he was reading the local newspapers' letters to the editor for a sense of community sentiment, so these efforts are not as pointless as Mr. Hill would have us believe.
And not being "fresh-faced," I am too polite to button-hole acquaintances and give them my opinions, but they read my polemics in the newspaper and consider the source. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by who gives me a "right-on!"