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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence from...

How is it possible that when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he could have been talking about our times today, just as then:

[...] Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

So very interesting. Then there's this:

[...] The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Whereupon was listed the acts of said king that these people of these states summoned the strength and spiritual and emotional and physical courage to rise up against and set themselves away from.

Today it's not the King of Great Britain, of course. But, one can't help but draw some comparisons to our current resident leader when you read words like "repeated injuries" and "usurpations" and "Tyranny."

And, how interesting that the president chose this week when we celebrate freedom from tyranny to usurp a lawful judgment of court and set his man[servant] free from the chains of prison for crimes committed against the people.

And this president was elected by the people and duly installed to uphold the laws of this country. And definitely not to pick and choose which laws he would abide. It has become evident that the president has ruled the court and the judge and the jury ineffective against his idea of what is right.

So, now that the courts are out, we, fortunately, have our representatives in Congress to keep the president in check. Certainly they cannot be ruled ineffective. No more bowing to tyranny. They work for us. It is time for them to summon the courage and strength to rise up and do something. If that means impeachment, so be it.

This is not meant to sound snide. It's just that we've come too far to go back to before 1776.

Added: Calling for a resignation by both president and vice president, Keith Olbermann last night: "In the end, even Richard Nixon could say he could not put this nation through an impeachment.... Even Richard Nixon knew it was time to resign."

Posted by Marie at July 4, 2007 4:37 AM


Well said, Marie.

Posted by: Anonymous Communist at July 4, 2007 12:39 PM

Goodness, I think that's the strongest statement I think I've ever heard you make.

I don't feel as angry as you do -- this was not a presidential pardon, like Clinton used, like Bush I used, like Reagan used, etc. The conviction is still there, the stigma, the fine, the ending of his law career, the probation are all there.

Now, if they pardon him later? Yeah, I'll be about as angry as you are.

Honestly, I expected more jokes about how Bush couldn't even pardon a man right. :)

Posted by: Ben at July 4, 2007 2:01 PM

Ben, it's worse than a pardon. Acknowledged, those other "punishments" remain in place. But the president pronounced Libby free from the one thing that would truly make him pay.

And in doing so, he declares himself and his own above the law. And, better than the rest of us.

This must be seen as a turning point.

Posted by: Marie at July 4, 2007 3:15 PM

If Bush had pardoned Libby, he would have had to testify without exercising the 5th amendment privilege about Cheney and Rove's involvement in the obstruction of justice.

By commuting his sentence but leaving the conviction in place, he precludes any testimony from Libby which is the worst possible outcome for justice but certainly the best for Bush and his cronies.

The time has really come to put impeachment back on the table. First Cheney, then Bush. They should both be prosecuted for treason.

I had a relative in the Dept. of State for many, many years. What they did to Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson was reprehensible, quite possibly endangering their lives and certainly ending her career in the name of heavy-handed political machination. They are both evil, evil men.

Posted by: Karoli at July 5, 2007 2:18 PM

Karoli, you nailed it. This is basically what our newspaper's editorial was about today.

Posted by: Marie at July 5, 2007 11:23 PM

Thank you for this post, Marie. I can no longer write anything coherent about the Bush administration.

Posted by: Kem White Author Profile Page at July 6, 2007 9:09 AM