Sunday, January 14, 2007

To impeach, or not to impeach: that appears to be the question:

Wherein the author butchers the bard (while watching his beloved Bears, hopefully, butcher the Seahawks) in an attempt to address the question of whether to impeach the butchering b'stards or not.

Hamlet: Act III, Scene I

To impeach, or not to impeach: that appears to be the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to prosecute
The slings and arrows of an outrageous administration,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To impeach: to investigate;
No more; and by an investigation to say we open
The heart-ache and the thousand unnatural shocks
That this nation is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.



To impeach, to investigate;
To investigate: perchance to uncover: ay, there's the rub;
For in that investigation of the administration what truths may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the rich man's contumely,
The pangs of despised civil liberties, the law, and Delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he, our nation, might our quietus make
With so many a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under this weary strife,
But that the dread of so many deaths,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus, does conscience make cowards of us all?
Or is thus the native hue of resolution
sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry?
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair America! Liberty, in thy orisons
Be all our sins remember'd.
Hamlet - Act III Scene I


It is probably safe to say that we all agree that the Bush Administration is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors too numerous to recount. As Rep. Henry Waxman said when asked about investigations his committee would pursue "Where to start?"

It is probably also safe to say that we all agree that, at the very least, Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales, ought to be removed from office.

The question is not "to impeach or not to impeach." The question is what should Democrats do with the power invested in their new Congressional majority during the next 2 years.

The slings and arrows of this outrageous administration have indeed caused a sea of troubles. On that I think we can all agree as well.

In their first 100 Hours the House is addressing many of the domestic troubles in that sea. Sen. Kennedy and Rep. Markey have introduced resolutions to prohibit funding of Bush's escalation of his Iraq disaster. Chairmen Conyers and Waxman have promised investigations into the...
The oppressor's wrong, the rich man's contumely,
The pangs of despised civil liberties, the law, and Delay,
The insolence of office....


To investigate, perchance to uncover....
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,


What will history think of this, our time?

There is little in life that would please me more then to see Cheney and then Bush impeached. But is that enough? Is a focus on impeachment alone simply an expression of vengeance rightly earned?

Will history look askance on us if we leave these criminals in office?

Or will history look askance on us if we remove them but in our lust for vengeance leave the damage they have done in place?

To investigate or not to investigate: That is not a question.

The House and Senate have much work to do to reverse the damage to the:

1. rule of law
2. Bill of Rights
3. Separation of Powers
4. Checks and Balances of our 3 co-equal branches of government
5. widening gap between the have-mores and everyone else
6. and so much more

The House and Senate also have work to do on the various problems that have gone unaddressed the last 6 years (and some much longer then that).

They also have to figure out a way to get the administration to get real about Iraq and the rest of the middle east.

That is a boatload of work to be done and it won't all get done in 2 years but it needs to get started now.

At the same time, the crimes of this administration need to be investigated. Of greater importance (in my way of thinking at least) then convicting the criminals is reversing the damage and taking what action needs to be taken to protect us against it happening again.

John Conyers and Henry Waxman need to investigate thoroughly every aspect of this administrations crimes against the nation. Every detail needs to be uncovered and corrected. During the last couple years we have all learned a great deal about FISA. FISA is an excellently written law (that did not need altering or overriding in order to address our current problems) that grew out of the investigations into the crimes of the Nixon administration. I mention this just as an example of what else comes of investigation other than impeachment.

One of the problems we are experiencing is that some Democrats have said "Impeachment is off the table." There are many reasons this statement may have been made and I do not disagree with most of them.

It is my belief that a natural result of thorough investigations of this administration will be a national revulsion of this administration. A revulsion so strong that impeachment being on or off the table is taken out of the hands of politicians. We the People are the holders of the true power in the United States of America. My belief in this, in us, in our country, our way of life, and the strength of our Constitution has only grown by seeing how close we have come to it's destruction at the hands of this administration. Close... but even they couldn't do it and have had to bow to the Will of the People.

Further, from a purely political point of view, Henry Waxman and John Conyers have enough material to work with to investigate from here to election day 2008 and from that standpoint alone I would rather this administration die a slow, 2 year long death then see my desire for vengeance sated today.

Congress has work to do. Wrongs to right. Rights to reinstate. Problems to solve. Investigations to investigate. Let's strengthen them in doing these things and see how history unfolds.

Impeachments, resignations, trials, or electoral defeats will occur as they will... a natural result of doing the hard work set before us all.

It is ours to do the footwork... and let go of the results.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Shout!

Today was the Governor Eliot Spitzer's first annual State of the State address. Governor Spitzer laid out an ambitious agenda.

My friend Howie Klein asked me to write a guest blog about it over at Down With Tyranny.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Don't touch that dial

The 10,000 Things will be back shortly. We're going through some much needed spring cleaning in prepartion for this Very Happy Democratic New Year.