Tuesday, December 20, 2005

"Constitution? I don't need no stinkin' Constitution."

President Bush seems to be saying that his decision to allow spying on US citizens on US soil without going through the Constitutionally mandated process of getting a search warrant is legal because he is Commander in Chief, as mandated in the Constitution. He further seems to be saying that the Congress gave it's permission to Bush to go to war, and in doing so gave him authority to do whatever is necessary to successfully execute the war.

Now folks, I am no Constitutional scholar, but to me the Constitution is not that confusing a document. It's pretty much understandable in plain English by and large. There is no doubt in my mind that the Bush decision, taken more than thirty times, to authorize spying on US citizens without a warrant is an impeachable offence.

Even if you believe that Bush did not know about 9-11 in advance, and even if you believe he was not part of a post 9-11 cover-up, and even if you believe that Bush was not aware of the lies he was telling to sell the war on Iraq, these most recent revelations of domestic spying without warrants is enough to impeach Bush, and convict him in the Senate.

We'll know if the Bush House of Cards is about to collapse if Cheney gets kicked from the Whitehouse, perhaps on medical grounds. Remember that Agnew was taken out of the picture before Nixon resigned, and I imagine the same would have to be done with Cheney. I'd expect Bush to go with Rice, giving the US our first Black and first female president. So long as Rice doesn't mess things up totally, and especially if she lays some of Bush's failings on his doorstep by prosecuting him, I think she could be in office for a full two terms, as well as whatever might be left of Bush's term when she takes over.

Then again, they may go with the Jack-in-the-Box Styrofoam Head Man. With these Republicans, who knows?

I'd encourage those of you who have not already done so, to take a look at and sign the petition calling for Bush's Impeachment. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, the petition is a start.

Now, perhaps we have our own little Bush right near home? Does your police department use wiretaps? Is there anyone watchdogging to make sure they do so legally? Do they use informants in the schools to entrap drug users? Does the local police cooperate in any of the various "Homeland Security" schemes that seem designed to generate a proto-military atmosphere everywhere? If so, is there a way to make your local community aware of such things?
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