Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic presidential candidate from Ohio, has introduced a resolution on the floor of the Congress calling for the impeachment of President Bush. He introduced a similar resolution last year on the impeachment of the Vice President as well. That resolution was sent to the Judiciary committee, where no action has been taken. This resolution probably faces a similar fate.
First, I applaud Rep. Kucinich for having the integrity to stand up for something his fellow Congressman (except for Robert Wexler (D) from florida who has signed on to support the resolution) who are seemingly either unwilling or unable to do. When the Democrats recaptured the Congress and the Senate in the '06 elections, there was a lot of talk about investigations and oversight. However since taking power they have shown an absolute unwillingness to call this administration to task for any of the multitude of immoral and often times illegal activities that it has engaged in. Nancy Pelosi, who seems totally unaware of the Constitutional duties of the legislative branch of government, has already made the blanket statement that "impeachment is off the table". How exactly are you supposed to check the abuses of the executive branch, when the leader of the only body of government empowered to do so, gives up it's right to use it's most powerful tool? What does this President have to do to inspire real action in the Congress, get a blowjob in the Oval office?
Kucinich laid out a 35 count impeachment charge against the President that included things like illegal wiretapping, torture and lies that led up to our involvement in the Iraq war. His charges were read into the official record last night starting at 8pm to an empty chamber. C-Span was the only "network" to broadcast it. Try and search the NY Times today and see if there is any mention of it. The major networks? I don't think so. The Democrats have decided that they would rather have the Constitution trampled on, than try to put an end to the corruption and lawlessness of the Bush administration. In their calculation, an impeachment trail would only serve to embolden and mobilize the base of the Republican party and they would rather not risk losing any ground in the House or the Senate (in fact they are hoping to gain seats) over what they see as a lost cause.
By refusing to question the actions of this administration, the Congress has become a silent partner in everything that is being done. The Congress has also set a dangerous precedent for every other person who occupies the White House. According to this administration, the President is basically free to ignore any law he wants as long as it is "for the good of the country". The Presidency for all intents and purposes has been raised to the level of a dictator. Laws that are in place to protect the privacy of every citizen of this nation don't apply anymore. Laws that guarantee our right to trial or to counsel or to not being tortured, don't apply anymore. The President can now organize and execute a propaganda campaign that sends this country to war and kills hundreds of thousands of people based on suppressed evidence, manipulated evidence or absolutely fabricated evidence because the Congress says that it's fine with them. That is what Congress' refusal to use their oversight power means.
Sandy Jimenez, my co-contributor on this blog, has said many times that our elected officials are supposed be to willing to lose their next election in order to do what's right. Unfortunately, very few of our elected officials hold that opinion. Congress(men and women), basically start their reelection campaigns on the night they are elected to Congress. Their basic goal, during their two year term, is go raise enough money so that they can run their next campaign. They spend their entire term trying to do what the majority of their constituents want, but there is a big difference between what is politically expedient and what is right. I blame only the Democrats for this failure. The Republicans in Congress certainly are not going to try and bring charges against the President (I guess a Republican could, but we haven't seen that kind of political suicide since the Democrats gave away the south by passing Civil Rights legislation). The Democratic leadership promised a change when they came into office, but instead we have gotten more of the same. If anything, the Bush administration is even more emboldened than they previously were. They don't even try to hide their sins anymore. The Democrats in Congress have comprised the freedom and liberty of every citizen of this country so that they might win a bigger majority in both houses of Congress and win back the Presidency. The Democrats are playing politics to the detriment of every citizen of this country. Is it worth it? I for one don't think so.