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The People vs. George Bush.

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Taking a cue from so many conversations going on across the blogosphere, I am discussing the prosecution of George Bush. 

The world knows what he did.  The American people know what he did.  We have a choice.  We can demand justice.  We can defend ourselves from enemies to The Constitution, both foreign and domestic.  It will not happen if we do not.  The overwhelming call to action at was for the prosecution of criminal behaviour from the White House. 

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

George Bush is what we got for pardoning Nixon.  Nixon was a megalomaniac whose paranoia was his undoing.  Bush is much worse: a mouthpiece for the corruption of power amassed in Oil & Defense industry executive suites.  But, the motivations for breaking the law of the land from the highest office are not important.  What is of utmost importance is this: precedent.  In this specific instance, the precedent of breaking the law of the land from the highest office.  It is the path to dictatorship. 

Here is how I see it:

  • Nixon took the first step, spying on Americans, lying about it and destroying evidence.  Ironically, and perhaps because he was an attorney, he believed enough in the laws of the land to fear impeachment.  Like I said, he violated The Constitution (and his oath to protect it) from the irrational thoughts of paranoia and egotism.
  • Ford set the stage with Nixon’s pardon.  In typical white, male privileged class, he looked America straight in the eye and told us that this was for our own good. It was not for our own good.  The example was set that the President is above the law.
  • Reagan took office and began several GOP slight-of-hand strategies that continue to this day.  Distract the public with Jingoism, label government as bad and greed as good, project the President as good ol’ boy / cowboy who talks tough and does the right thing.  In the background, Iran/Contra, the systematic destruction of protection for consumers, investors and union workers, collusion with religious nut jobs to repeal the gains of women’s rights and minority rights.
  • Clinton betrayed us by lying about the affair.  I don’t care who he had sex with.  But, as the highest employee of the people and our paid / elected champion of the rule of law, he broke his oath.  He also showed that a President can be impeached and remain in office and hired Blackwater.  I’m more irritated with Bill Clinton than the others on this list, because I know that he knows better and can do better. 
  • George W Bush (or should I say Dick Cheney?) came through having learned the lessons of those I have already mentioned.  Namely, that the President will do whatever the hell he wants and no one can stop him.  He spied on us, illegally ‘reditioned’ us, and falsified justification for a war that has killed 1 million Iraqis.  Saddam Hussein did not kill them, George Bush did.  Award contracts to Halliburton, KBR & Blackwater: companies that have all broken laws including rape, murder and fraud only to be protected by collusion and lack of jurisdiction / accountability.

So, the choice is real simple and I think it is very clear.  The world is watching.  The people are watching.  We all know that he broke the law.  We have a choice in our response: investigate/prosecute or ignore/deny.  The former option is in line with our Constitution.  The latter is only going to pave the way for much worse offenses and misery for the generations to come.

It’s up to us, the voters to take action.  If we do not ‘hold government accountable, as PE Obama has requested that we do, then we will have the blood of more dead civilians on our hands.  Doing nothing is still a choice and it has consequences every bit as real as choosing to shoot an unarmed child in the head at point-blank range.  If we ignore our need to act, to harass our government into submission, then we are dooming the generations to follow and countless lives in our time – to disease, violent death, famine, poverty and debt.

It’s going to come down to our need to drown the voices of our elected Congress and President and replace them with calls for justice.  The argument made by GOP congressional reps, that this is simply political attacking is a load of crap.  We are a nation of hundreds of millions and they are only hundreds.  They dine with lobbyists and we scrounge for money to buy food.  They tell us that government cannot help them, in order to keep us from looking at how they spend money and who the money goes to.  This fight ends when we say it ends and not a moment sooner.

The people vs. George Bush; needs to be the Gettysburg of our time(the battle and the speech).  It is the battleground where "We the people" hold our ground in defense of the Union. 

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  1. Strummerson

    I think the problem with the calls to prosecute Bush is that they are motivated primarily by moral passion and seek to punish him for his moral failings.  Yet our legal system is set up to limit the role of moral passion in the prosecution of individuals and aims at limiting the retributive extravagance of vengeance by particularizing crimes within the framework of laws.  There is a place for moral judgment in our society.  Columns and books are and will continue to make the case that Bush overstepped his authority, abused power, and advanced executive authority to dangerous levels of dominance.  But these are gray areas, and perhaps must remains so.  While a rabid executive endangers our republic, one hobbled by fear of prosecutorial retribution is also a problem.  It’s a matter of proportion.

    I do not think we should be calling for prosecution and punishment.  I think we need to be empowering qualified individuals to investigate when and to what degree the Bush administration broke laws, not merely precedents and good moral sense.  The more dispassionate and professional that investigation, the clearer a criminal case it will produce.  But it’s also a potential win-win situation.  For even if it does not produce evidence of clear criminal activity, it will not necessarily exonerate Bush and his minions.  Rather, it will elucidate his moral failures and catastrophic judgment.  If the cry is to prosecute and incarcerate, such an investigation is flawed from the beginning.  It will be overly vulnerable to the charge of political payback and its contribution will be judged solely on how many days Bush sits in prison, a highly unlikely outcome either way.  

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