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Failure to try and impeach a criminal President Bush guaranteed us a lawless President Obama

It's really that simple, explains David Swanson of After Downing Street at the Rutherford Institute recently. Bush and Cheney vastly and unilaterally expanded the powers of the White House. Failing even to try to pursue impeachment and criminal proceedings against the Bush-Cheney guaranteed that his successor would push all those limits even further. Even if we had tried and failed at impeachment, for the rest of Bush's term there would have been some restraint, and some limits defined for this administration too.

Find all three videos here, Swanson's speech and a good Q&A.

Here's part one of the Q&A, a little over 30 minutes.

and here is part two of the Q&A.

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Submitted by Magnolia on

Finally!! Someone ready to tell the truth & blame the people. The ultimate power are the voters & we continue putting in decades-old politicians back into office. We must accept the responsibility for our actions (our vote).

I might also mention there's a great book out about a small town that finally stands up to federal tyranny & unites all of the People. It's about now & could be ur town or mine. It's a great read if u want to see what's coming.

Submitted by brucedixon on

Mao or somebody is supposed to have said that.

It makes a lot of sense. When stuff doesn't come out right we can NEVER blame the ordinary people. We have to blame the leadership, in this case, our media and business-friendly political classes. Rolling the clock back four years there was enormous popular support for convening impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee. It was our political and media elite that put impeachment off the table, not ordinary people.

It went that way for single payer health care, and it's that way about ending the wars in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Iraq too. The people DO NOT control the electoral process or the corporate media. So we can't blame them. No sir. I mean no ma'am. Whatever.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

there's soooooo much blame to go around.

Bruce, forgive me but i have so much mulching to do, this has to be a comment without viewing all the links. i hope i understand your point, and if i don't let me know.

1. academics. we are the ones who are paid and trained to watch political and historical (and scientific, computer, etc) trends. the Academe was lazy and complacent in the extreme, once a fairly decent system of funding was set up for most of it. that "most" spent the last 50 years or so demonizing those at the edge, who created or disseminated the critique of modern post war american "capitalism." without the vanguard and leadership of an academic elite, political and social movements wilt and suffer a lack of contemporary and relevant critique, which in turn debases and denudes the population of the movement.

2. middle and upper middle class white folks who finished college in the late 60s and early 70s. i blame these folks a lot, for all the shit i take for it on the internets. sorry, but the way i see it, this group is more responsible for the shape of the world (as well as America) today than any other group. euros were too busy sorting thru the end of the Cold War. Asians weren't yet quite the economic powerhouses they are today. America, despite a media generated "fatigue" of the ideologies of the time, was more or less ready to make the changes that needed to happen. and a minority of the "boomers" or whatever you want to call them were right there, providing alternative narratives and ideas to make the changes that could've saved American dominance as a force for equality and democracy as it was still imagined, and imagined itself, at the time. the environment. "race" relations. economic and social justice. i was just reading about a survey from 1974 or something like that, in which a slim majority of american straight, white religious men supported the basic outlines of ERA. can you even imagine something like that today? talk about lost opportunity. in exchange for a house in the burbs and some kids and a nice corporate job, too many of this generation walked away from a globally historic opportunity.

3. racism. until the late 60s and 70s, imho the white/establishment powers that be never really believed that non-whites would and could organize successfully. they were... racist, after all. still, it took them a little while to destroy things like quality public education and a movement towards fair sentencing laws, two of several things which enabled integration and opportunity despite "race" in this country. we've lost a lot of ground since 1975, in this respect.

4. the rise of the church/schoolboard/fundamentalist complex at the local, and later state, and today national level. sorry, liberals: we got our asses handed to us, starting in the late 70s. again: utterly wasted opportunity. the american Left busted the american right via nixon and vietnam, and blew another historic opportunity to strengthen the Constitution while apolitical americans were embarrassed enough to go along with it. instead, people sat back and said, "i'm tired." the right, scared and invigorated by their humiliation, said, "let's get to Work." they proceeded to take over easy districts and munis first, schoolboard and state rep one at a time, and eventually moved on to bigger and more powerful positions. meanwhile, the american left abandoned its fledgling principles of nonconsumerism and fairness in favor of "fuck it, i've got mine." all while pretending that funding a few Village lobbying organizations was "exactly as effective" as rioting in the streets and sustained social protest/action.

5. Deregulation/media consolidation: this is the most complex and i won't try to gloss over it, but most Corrente readers know exactly what i mean. a few thug reps later, and we're at the "morning in america," which is code for "it's time to start undoing FDR and the New Deal in american law." one at a time, they did. less regulation of manufacturing, leading to offshoring and a loss of domestic industry. attack of the public school ideal, leading to inequality and ignorance in those districts not able to secure funding and support. end of the Fairness Act, leading to the media atrocity we endure now. killing off ERA and the radical elements of the Civil Rights movement, replacing them with Kinder, Gentler, professional lobbying types in the Village and kicking out all the smelly DFHs.

Bruce is smarter and more experienced in these matters than I am, so if i've misrepresented the intent of his post, i'll happily be corrected. but that's what i think.