A couple days ago Ohio Democrat and former Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich introduced into the House of Representatives Articles of Impeachment for President George W. Bush. And the event passed with only a ripple in the blogosphere and virtually no mainstream media coverage.
How can this be? Out in public (and away from my coworkers) I have had volunteered to me by total strangers countless denunciations of this administration and its actions, and W's approval ratings are at historic lows--virtually as low as Richard Nixon when he was forced out of office in disgrace. And yet our elected officials--and now our media--would have us believe that there is no stomach for impeachment proceedings. I wonder at this, as I have always wondered.
Even granting that not all of Kucinich's 35 articles will hold water (there are several that seem a stretch to me, just as others seem inarguably correct), still taken as a whole these are infinitely more serious and substantial charges than any of those which motivated the Republican-led House to impeach Bill Clinton a decade ago. And unless we've been on a steady diet of Rupert Murdoch's "Fox" brand of misinformation these are charges of which I believe most citizens desire to know the truth as uncovered by a thorough investigation and hearings. At the very least it's a huge double standard--and yet that accusation entirely sidesteps the monstrosity of our government's rogue actions.
Sue me for being tiresome, but I'll say it again: we need a reckoning. The citizens of this country deserve it, and the sanctity of our great nation demands this ultimate act of democratic accounting. If it takes exhaustively re-introducing these articles again and again until they stick, so be it. These men must answer to us.
(At this point, any further mention by conservatives of the "liberal media" should trigger the suspension of habeas corpus and their immediate extraordinary rendition to a secure black facility in some unknown location. As far as I can tell, the mainstream media are letting Fox set the agenda in what amounts to a wholesale abdication of fourth estate principles.)
What a black and shameful chapter this has all been for us.
On the bright side, there are fewer than 220 days of this nightmare left. (We hope...)