Monday, February 27, 2006
As a sociologist (by education, not acquired), I should not assume my fears for the nation are the same as others not having my background, interest, cultural aspirations or love of a fine Cuban cigar. But I am going to violate all that I learned about the value of empiricism and say that if elected federal officials persist in lending support to a corrupt regime voters will turn on them in 2006. Here it is. I don’t think a day goes by when millions of Americans don't think that the nation needs to cast off this president. After all, how much devastating news can one take? In just five years we lost much of our national treasure and dignity, ruined our army, and become debtors to the world.
In the March Issue of Harpers Magazine, Lewis Lapham will remind people that Representative John Conyers and his staff produced a 182 page (1022 footnote) presentation to congress on the crimes of the Bush regime that cannot be ignored. Lapham’s essay is titled: Why we can no longer afford George W. Bush. It deserves reading. Although, only a shortened version of the essay is on line, it does summarize Conyer’s remarkable report, which is posted on the Congressman’s website.
If you do not have the time to read the Harper’s essay by Lapham, and the Conyer’s Report (A historical document more important than any I can remember), here are Lapham’s words:
“The Conyers report doesn't lack for further instances of the administration's misconduct, all of them noted in the press over the last three years-misuse of government funds, violation of the Geneva Conventions, holding without trial and subjecting to torture individuals arbitrarily designated as "enemy combatants," etc.-but conspiracy to commit fraud would seem reason enough to warrant the President's impeachment. Before reading the report, I wouldn't have expected to find myself thinking that such a course of action was either likely or possible; after reading the report, I don't know why we would run the risk of not impeaching the man. We have before us in the White House a thief who steals the country's good name and reputation for his private interest and personal use; a liar who seeks to instill in the American people a state of fear; a televangelist who engages the United States in a never-ending crusade against all the world's evil, a wastrel who squanders a vast sum of the nation's wealth on what turns out to be a recruiting drive certain to multiply the host of our enemies.”
As for the Republican junk that occupies Congress; it has paid no attention to the Conyer’s report. This flotsam could care less that history will ignore them and condemn the entire period of proto fascism and corporate corruption they whored. Unfortunately, the Arab world and aggrieved others won’t be as forgiving as the Vietnamese.
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