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Molly Ivins Calls for Impeachment

Molly Ivins: "Either the president of the United States is going to have to understand and admit he has done something very wrong, or he will have to be impeached."

AUSTIN, Texas -- The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Thirty-five years ago, Richard Milhous Nixon, who was crazy as a bullbat, and J. Edgar Hoover, who wore women's underwear, decided some Americans had unacceptable political opinions. So they set our government to spying on its own citizens, basically those who were deemed insufficiently like Crazy Richard Milhous.

For those of you who have forgotten just what a stonewall paranoid Nixon was, the poor man used to stalk around the White House demanding that his political enemies be killed. Many still believe there was a certain Richard III grandeur to Nixon's collapse because he was also a man of notable talents. There is neither grandeur nor tragedy in watching this president, the Testy Kid, violate his oath to uphold the laws and Constitution of our country.

The Testy Kid wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it because he is the president, and he considers that sufficient justification for whatever he wants. He even finds lawyers like John Yoo, who tell him that whatever he wants to do is legal.

The creepy part is the overlap. Damned if they aren't still here, after all these years, the old Nixon hands -- Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the whole gang whose yearning for authoritarian government rose like a stink over the Nixon years. Imperial executive. Bring back those special White House guard uniforms. Cheney, like some malignancy that cannot be killed off, back at the same old stand, pushing the same old crap.

Of course, they tell us we have to be spied on for our own safety, so they can catch the terrorists who threaten us all. Thirty-five years ago, they nabbed a film star named Jean Seberg and a bunch of people running a free breakfast program for poor kids in Chicago. This time, they're onto the Quakers. We are not safer.

We would be safer, as the 9-11 commission has so recently reminded us, if some obvious and necessary precautions were taken at both nuclear and chemical plants -- but that is not happening because those industries contribute to Republican candidates. Republicans do not ask their contributors to spend a lot of money on obvious and necessary steps to protect public safety. They wiretap, instead.

You will be unsurprised to learn that, first, they lied. They didn't do it. Well, OK, they did it, but not very much at all. Well, OK, more than that. A lot more than that. OK, millions of private e-mail and telephone calls every hour, and all medical and financial records.

You may recall in 2002 it was revealed that the Pentagon had started a giant data-mining program called Total Information Awareness (TIA), intended to search through vast databases "to increase information coverage by an order of magnitude."

From credit cards to vet reports, Big Brother would be watching us. This dandy program was under the control of Adm. John Poindexter, convicted of five felonies during Iran-Contra, all overturned on a technicality. This administration really knows where to go for good help -- it ought to bring back Brownie.

Everybody decided that TIA was a terrible idea, and the program was theoretically shut down. As often happens with this administration, it turned out they just changed the name and made the program less visible. Data-mining was a popular buzzword at the time, and the administration was obviously hot to have it. Bush established a secret program under which the National Security Agency could bypass the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court and begin eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.

As many have patiently pointed out, the entire program was unnecessary, since the FISA court is both prompt and accommodating. There is virtually no possible scenario that would make it difficult or impossible to get a FISA warrant -- it has granted 19,000 warrants and rejected only a handful.

I don't like to play scary games where we all stay awake late at night, telling each other scary stories -- but there's a reason we have never given our government this kind of power. As the late Sen. Frank Church said, "That capability could at any time be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capacity to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide." And if a dictator took over, the NSA "could enable it to impose total tyranny."

Then we always get that dreadful goody-two-shoes response, "Well, if you aren't doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about, do you?"

Folks, we KNOW this program is being and will be misused. We know it from the past record and current reporting. The program has already targeted vegans and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- and, boy, if those aren't outposts of al-Qaida, what is? Could this be more pathetic?

This could scarcely be clearer. Either the president of the United States is going to have to understand and admit he has done something very wrong, or he will have to be impeached. The first time this happened, the institutional response was magnificent. The courts, the press, the Congress all functioned superbly. Anyone think we're up to that again? Then whom do we blame when we lose the republic?

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Excellent article. Just finished reading 1776-how much was sacrificed to give birth to our nation. I was so heart broken when I finished to see how far our country has fallen from our so high ideals. This sorry excuse for a leader has dragged our country thru the mud. Committing crimes with impunity seems to be the name of their game/any excuse will do. If our country is a "nation of laws" they must be impeached. I truly believe none of us is above the law.

In my opinion, it doesn't matter if Bush understands and admits he did something wrong or not. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. He violated the constitution, he violated the oath of office, he violated the trust of the American people and he took away the freedom and civil rights of American Citizens just like the terrorists wanted. There is absolutely no reason or excuse for bypassing the checks and balances system by not obtaining warrants for NSA surveillance. Bush is trying to say it would take to long. Does he mean to tell us that the White House and the president of the United States can't find a judge when ever they need one? We've seen where trusting him gets us. Its time for impeachment and removal from office. In the United States, no one should be above the law, especially our government leaders. Write to you congressman and senators and demand justice.

"There is neither grandeur nor tragedy in watching this president, the Testy Kid, violate his oath to uphold the laws and Constitution of our country."

Failure to uphold the laws of the Constituion also applies to all the Democrats who gave away the peoples' power to the executive branch (Bush Co.). And to this I say that all THESE bastards also be recalled from office! And once this has been done we close down all federal offices and disband the federal government.

You see, you can't solve the problem by hacking away at the branches. You've got to hack at the roots!

Ivins doesn't go far enough because her audience (Dems) rest on one of the infected branches...

And for those who are honestly looking for/demanding a solution look into Murray Bookchin's ideas:

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"...close down all federal offices and disband the federal government."

Hey, take it easy,lady! Don't you realize this is a left-wing statist website?

Can't you see all the conipptions, strokes and heart attacks you're percipitating??

In these parts, we only hack away the "bad" Republican branches, and leave the "good" Democrat branches intact.

After all, how can humanity survive without the nanny state to take care of our needs?

Don't you understand that it is mankind's fundamental nature to be cared for,to be kept warm, dry and well-fed by benevolent bureaucracy?

After all, we are all helpless wards of the state!!

Next, you'll want us to start making our own decisions about matters such as retirement funds,or medical care!

Everybody knows the indivdual is incapable of making intelligent decisions for himself, let alone actually financing the providing for any of his needs.

And of course, lest we forget (drum roll) WHAT ABOUT THE POOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not like Americans can be relied on to make charitable contributions to (horror of horrors!) PRIVATE charities.

Oh, I know, I know; Americans are the most generous, most charitable people in the world. witness the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of last year.

And don't talk to me about Bill Gates, we don't care that he's the most generous philanthropist in the world. You just have to look at how he's able to do that; he's the multi-billionaire head of a huge, private, profit making organization, why how evil can you get!

So, that not withstanding, even if we are generous, so what? We still have to have coercive bureaucracy on hand to make SURE we contribute our "fair share".

But seriously, this is not striking the root:

This is striking the root:

Your enmity towards statist excess is most refreshing (It's usually my personal franchise here) and clearly, no federal government is infinitely preferable to the status quo, However, I am not throughly convinced of the anarchist argument.

Granted, the formulations by man to date of governance systems has pretty much been botched, But I see no connection from anything intrinsic to human nature to these failures.

Bookchin's libertarian socialism is intriguing, but quaint; it mispercieves human nature.

To wit; the fatal flaw of socialism is not it's association with the coercive central state, an evil in and of itself, but rather it's misplacement of incentive(to consume rather than to produce).

No doubt, you're aquainted with the British social reformer Robert Owen, he even attempted socialist coopts here in Indiana.

Of course, in 18th-19th century American he encountered a predominantly free-market, capitalist economy.

Not unlike what we modern day Libertarians advocate.

Within those parameters of course, he and his followers were free to engage in socialist economic practice.

This would seem paradoxical to most of today's statist, their love big brother public school inculcations so deeply engrained and tenatiously clung to.

In the fog of emotional intensity,the struggle for power between Ivin's and bush's styles of statism, they cannot grasp the trivial superficiality of their differences.

They are, after all mere competitors; hardly the ideological adversarys they posture as.

Readers should contrast that bogus "difference" with the REAL ideological dissonance betweeen you and I.

But we free market Libertarians understand that, and I suspect you would agree,you socialists really don't owe us anything other than to refrain from employing the cooperation of those who would not voluntarily give it,id est, refrain from cooercion.

And we'll come by and bury you after you've starved yourselves to death.

---The Bikemessenger
(AKA Impeachasaurus Rex)

P.S.--A lot of people post comments here anonymously. I thought I was being brave by giving my real name and occupation, but you one upped me.To get even:

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Street Warrior
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Follow the Foundations:

Now that's a lot of tax-exempt bake sales for an illicit war machine!


Another astute response to the article:

Molly Ivins doesn't get it.
If he admits and understands he has done something very wrong --
He can break the law (felony) and just say he is sorry?
Then it is OK, he can get away with it? ME

We've come too very far as a nation to descend into this pit of fascism without a fight. Way too many dead men on foreign soil for this bastard to take us down without a shot fired. Way too many patriots have shed blood to preserve this nation for this lying, demonic pile of feces to take us down like this. Way too much blood, sweat, and tears for fascist republican scum to take over the nation in this putsch that this antichrist bastard has waged on us all who value our freedom and our liberty far too dearly for a scummy piece of shit to just take it without a fight.

Years ago, at Anzio cemetery, I looked down at the grave of a 17 year old cousin of mine who'd died from a sniper's bullet a week after the beachhead was established there. His parents signed for him so he could serve his country. Row upon row of crosses in that cemetery, of so very very many men and women who died for this country and not let it go down in fascist slimy defeat like this. I stood there just numbed by the awesome sacrifice so many had made in for all of us, not just on that D-day invasion, but thru American history. Way too many lives lost for this bastard to just toss it down the goddamned toilet without being prosecuted and tried as a criminal for besmirching the memories of every one of those people who lay beneath those white crosses there. This bastard has no clue what this does to those of us who want his ass impeached and tried for treason and yes, HUNG for his crimes against us, against the world, against all humanity.

Yes, I know that the republican scum are thinking; "yeah, right..he's a christian and a holy man and our hero.." and they're demented and brain dead and have no souls if they can defend his treason, his murder, his lying, his deception, and his feckless grinning, pointed ear demonic presence. He is deserving of hanging, just like fascist bastard Mussolini, but he won't get that. In fact, what Mussolini got was far too good for this murdering thug piece of neocon scum.

I pray that enough American's, I mean, REAL AMERICANS, not the NECON FASCIST PIGS that the republican party is, are out there, reading this, that they are getting their powder dry and getting ready for the fight for Democracy.

Just like Mr. Leonard Cohen; "Democracy is Coming to the USA" song says, alot of us love our country but we don't like this FASCIST NEOCON SCENE. We've goddamned had it.

We're going to take our country back, and I do mean, we won't settle for rolling over while the neofascist pieces of shit transform us all into slaves. We'll wrest it from you scummy bastards with our dying breaths, and those patriots resting on foreign soil will be able to rest in peace, I do hope.

It's time for revolution, folks, if impeachment doesn't happen. We descend into totalitarian fascist hell if we don't stop this NEOCON bullshit before it's too powerful to stop.

We must not stop till it's eradicated from the face of this earth.

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