Thursday, March 06, 2008

What about the will of the people while Congress "stays the course"????

IMPEACHMENT should be pursued! NOW!!!

Disaster relief: Does anyone in Washington, D.C. really get what's going on?
by Alan Bisbort

George W. Bush is both out of control and out of gas, but nobody in Washington D.C. seems willing to pry the steering wheel from his cold dead hands. All indications are, in fact, just the opposite. That is, the Democratic Party seems collectively content to go into a stall offense, passing the buck back and forth until time expires. Democrats are already looking ahead to next year, when they seem almost certain to pad their totals in Congress and reclaim the White House.

At a hearing this week, House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) explained this strategy to Bush's Education Secretary, Margaret Spellings, "If the administration doesn't want to deal, if they don't want to compromise ... then we're simply in a waiting game, and we'll deal with a president who does."
But what good is political power in a democracy if you lose your soul in the process of achieving it? In other words, how good can such a strategy really be, when it still leaves the nation up the proverbial creek without a paddle? As tedious (though sometimes understandable) as such stalling is to watch on a college basketball court, such a strategy is inexcusable in the world in which we now live. Here in Reality, the values of homes and retirement savings are plummeting, the climate is changing, people are uninsured and going insane (if this rash of mass shootings is any indication), costs are rising (am I the only person who noticed the spike in milk prices in the last week?), and an illegal war in Iraq is still sending Americans home in body bags.

Bush has an approval rating of 19 percent. He is loathed around the world and is fast approaching that status here. But here's the eight-year rub: What does anyone have to lose politically by confronting him? Conversely, what can you possibly gain from compromising with him? The answer to both questions is nothing.
Still, Congress is content to "stay the course." It's as if, in the face of a mounting disaster, we are being asked to buy plastic sheeting and duct tape, bend over, place our heads between our knees and kiss our asses goodbye. Though there has been a clear and present option to "compromising" or "stalling" with Bush — it's called impeachment — it remains steadfastly "off the table" (in Nancy Pelosi's memorably craven words).
Because Rep. Obey & Co. won't hold him accountable, Bush will continue to do what he has done for the previous eight years: fill the power void. He will abuse power for as long as he gets away with it.
It's safe to say that when the smoke clears on the Bush II years, no American president will be held in lower esteem than the Crawford Cowboy. Historians can chew over this cynical, power-mad man-child's nearly seamless series of failures, poor decisions and secret shenanigans.

But psychologists will simply shake their heads in dismay and wonder how this great nation could have been, for eight years, under the thumb of such a lost soul.

And, if that's what they'll be saying about Bush, what does that mean they'll say about the U.S. Congress, his greatest enabler?

With an opposition party in free fall, a president with a nearly unfathomably bad approval rating and — judging from the extraordinary increase in "new voters" generated by Sen. Obama's campaign — the American people clamoring for change, Congress is out to lunch.