Thursday, June 28, 2007

Follow the Stench...

Little did we know that the death of our democracy didn't start back in the early winter of 2000 when nine Supreme Court Justices got together and ignored the will of the majority of the people and appointed George W. Bush president of the United States. That was only chapter one. The preface was written in the summer of 2000 when the Bushes asked Uncle Dick Cheney to help their eldest son George W. find a suitable man to join young Georgie (though he was 54 years old - he still had that boyish smirk on his face and in his heart) in the White House for what the family hoped would be a nice run of at least eight years (Babs just won't give up on Jebbie). The seed to this colossal fiasco that we are facing in our democracy today lays at that dastardly request to "help Georgie find a Veep." Dick Cheney may not have understood the enormous consequences that his decision to insist that he, himself, would be the very best candidate to serve as Georgie's right-hand man, but his decision to appoint himself vice president has led inexorably to an atrocious scandal the likes of which we haven't seen since the summer of 1973 when the Watergate Hearings took up day after day of our TV viewing. We may never have anticipated how this choice of Richard A. Cheney would impact the course of events, but now this chicken has come home to roost. And in order to root out the evil at its core, we must expunge the government, and the country, of vice president Cheney. There will be twenty to thirty years ahead while we try to correct the damage that he and his cohorts have done to this democracy. Twenty to thirty years to try to rehabilitate the planet, to restore the rule of law from which NO man can escape, try valiantly to resurrect our sense of justice and equality, to end this horrendous era of offensive violence that we are lashing out on the world.

The second chapter of this nightmare that is coming to a very ugly head was, of course, the attack of September 11, 2001. Setting aside the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job, it was a cataclysmic event that changed the way the world was turning. It gave the current administration an excuse to do something that it turned out that it was planning to do anyway and that was attack the sovereign nation of Iraq and steal their oil and exact revenge for Hussein's humiliation of Georgie's daddy. So we invaded Iraq and are now mirred in a civil war there from which we are having a very difficult time extricating ourselves. That huge foreign policy blunder would be repeated in Iran if Cheney gets his way, but hopefully the American people have seen the vice for what he is, now that he has declared himself not only above the law but above the government (we should be so lucky to have him simply out of the government).

There is no doubt in my mind that Dick Cheney is the single most corrupting influence on this body politic. He must be removed from office, by whatever means necessary, in order to begin to restore some semblance of integrity, decency, and ethics to our government. Impeach Cheney.

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