The 'I' Word

At that first forum for the Democratic presidential candidates in late April (the gathering was called a "debate," but seeing as nobody was actually debating anyone else, I can't bring myself to call it that), one of the most telling moments came when moderator Brian Williams asked if any of the candidates supported a fellow candidate, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, in his call to launch impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Nobody raised a hand. The Democrats were doing what they do best: being spineless.

It seems like every passing day, something heinous is newly revealed about the federal government under President George W. Bush. One of the latest revelations can be read about on Page 11: It now appears there's proof that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is basing key decisions--like deciding which animals are classified as endangered--not on science, but on "marching orders" from on high.

The deeper I got into Saxon Burns' story, the angrier I got.

When you add this to the firings of U.S. attorneys for political reasons, the leaking of a CIA agent's identity, the debacle that is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, secret energy policy meetings with oil companies, the whole war-under-false-pretenses thing, etc., etc., it raises the question: Why isn't impeachment being viewed as a serious option for Bush, Cheney and others?

I understand there are concerns about impeachment proceedings being viewed as a political tactic. But aren't we beyond that? This administration's officials are basically shitting on the Constitution. They're dangerous. And they're indisputable liars. This isn't a Democratic/Republican or liberal/conservative issue anymore. It's a good-of-the-country issue. When will Congress start to realize this?

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