Sunday, November 27, 2005

The case for impeachment

As we all remember, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for lying. Essentially, he was impeached for lying about a blowjob. Yet George Bush lied repeatedly to Congress and to the American people on a much more important matter, the war in Iraq. Yet Bush has faced no impeachment inquiry, let alone a Congressional vote on the issue. I am calling now for such an inquiry. I will make the case here, as succintly as possible.

Bush prior to the war sold it to the American public as a necessary attack against a country that was a threat to national security. Bush and Cheney repeatedly told Americans that Saddam Hussein was actively working with Al-Qaeda against us; Bush in a speech on September 2002 actually alleged that Iraq was training Al-Qaeda in the use of biological weapons. These allegations were absolutely false, and the Administration knew it. This was not a case of a "intelligence failure," it was a blatant lie. The intelligence was fine. An intelligence report released to the President ten days after 9-11 said clearly there was no relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. See the report at The National Journal. The
Administration knew absolutely that what they were saying was a lie. This report was never released to the Congress, and many members voted for the war because they believed the White House's false claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda linkage. So do not believe the Scott McClellan/Rush Limbaugh spin that Congress had the same information as Bush prior to the war. They did not.

The report, damning as it is, documents just one of Bush's many lies on Iraq. He also made numerous false statements about Iraq's military capacities, for example stating that Iraq possessed unmanned drones that could attack the United States. Also, Cheney's claim that Hussein had reconstituted nuclear weapons turned out to be false. I won't detail every lie as that would take too long. I advise anyone who wants more information to visit the media watchdog FAIR for the complete list.

You may wonder why I have waited this long to call for the impeachment of Bush, a president for whom I have never had much good to say. I wanted completely strong evidence that he was guilty of deliberate lying, and not simply the victim of faulty intelligence. The evidence is in. I am satisfied that Bush did in fact blatantly lie and should pay the price, namely impeachment. Impeachment is not fanciful thinking. The Democrats could gain control of the Congress in 2006 and put a lot of heat on Bush for his deceptions. Many Congressmen are upset at the White House for misleading them.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go to house.gov and senate.gov right now and send an e-mail to your representative expressing the need to inquire into the possibility of impeachment proceedings. A grassroots movement got Clinton impeached; it can do the same thing today.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Some ideas for a better America

Here's some wishful thinking, but with nothing else to write about, I'll list my top 5 ideas for a better America:

1. Abolition of the Federal Reserve and return to a gold standard (no more Fed produced inflation).
2. A fence at the Mexican border to keep illegals and terrorists out of this country (see weneedafence.com ).
3. Health care reform where every American is covered regardless of their employment status or age.
4. Abolition of all racial preferences in education or employment.
5. Repeal of Roe v. Wade and the passage of moderate, reasonable abortion restrictions.

These may all seem far-fetched and impractical, but they're not. They can and will happen if you- I'm talking to all citizens of this Republic- pressure your elected representatives to get on board.

Friday, November 18, 2005

He's right , you know

Prospective Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is under fire from leftist pro-abortion groups (shocking surprise, I know) for a controversial comment. He apparently wrote in 1985 the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion. Shocked? You shouldn't be. He is absolutely correct.

Under the framework of the Constitution, anything not explicitly mentioned is reserved to the states or to the people- see the 10th Amendment if you don't believe me. Abortion, of course, is not mentioned in the Constitution. The federal government has no authority to either ban or promote abortion (e.g. Medicaid funding). On the other hand, the states have every right to legislate on the subject of abortion. Not until 1973 did a court find abortion to be a constitutional right in the (in)famous Roe v. Wade ruling.

This is optimistic, but I hope Alito will vote with John Roberts to overturn Roe. The issue of abortion will be taken out of the federal arena and back to the states where it belongs. Most states, I assume, will pass some restrictions without completely banning the procedure. Then the federal government can concern itself with its proper role, protecting the people from terrorists and cracking down on illegal immigration. Wishful thinking, perhaps.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Failure of democracy in CA

This is a day of disappointment for all Californians. The governor submitted several bold reform plans to the people of California. They were all defeated and none really came that close to passing. Prop 73 (the abortion notification bill), which I have argued for before on this blog, went down fairly soundly. Even worse, Prop 77, which would have taken support of redistricting away from the legislators who draw up districts to ensure their reelection, went to an even more overwhelming defeat. I don't understand this completely, but I will point to two major factors:

1. large amounts of special interest money (e.g. the drug companies outspent Prop 79 proponents 40 to 1 according to a newspaper report).

2. voter ignorance/apathy- I regrettably think that most of this state's residents just didn't care enough to educate themselves on the issues.

On that bitter note, I close. Taking a vacation until next week, but feel free to leave any comments.