by barbara / See update!
Anyone know if there's an edition of "Impeachment for Dummies"? My Google quest for information about grounds for impeaching George W. Bush and his handler, Dick Cheney, yielded multitudinous returns.
Just so you know?
-- Impeachment: 8,010,000 entries (to be fair, this spans much of American history)
-- Impeach George Bush: 1,200,000 entries
-- George Bush impeachment: 1,210,000 entries
-- George Bush impeach: 1,340,000 (wording is everything)
-- Impeach Bush: 1,660,000
It appears that others have deeply mined the rich trove of Bush misdeeds. Some of the entries are altogether credible. Others quite incredible. All in all, it is not surprising there is so much discussion about impeachment. George Bush is a classic bully who is surrounded not only by bigger, stronger, smarter minions and handlers, but also by the United States military. He is the reincarnation of the twerp in the basket.
In the neighborhood where I grew up, there was a nasty little kid named Dennis. Word was that he had some kind of heart problem, and so the neighbor kids were forbidden to smack him upside the head, which he richly deserved much of the time. For reasons even now unclear, he had an ally. A big, strong, older kid named Howard. Howard never said much, but he was a daunting presence. Routinely, Howard would patrol the 'hood on his bike with Dennis scrunched into the front-mounted basket, legs dangling, mouth in motion. It was not a warm, fuzzy "E.T." moment when you saw them coming down the sidewalk. Oh, no.
Without provocation, Dennis would say things like, "Who ya looking at, kid? Wanna make something of it?" (Chin thrust.) "I oughta pound you." (Small but meaningful snarl.) "Gonna go tell your mama?" (Big feces-eating grin.) "I know where you live." Howard just kept peddling slowly by.
Far as I know, Dennis never delivered on his threats, but he was a fearful presence in our lives. In that regard, he differed from George Bush, who delivers and delivers and delivers with relative impunity (if you don't count the 2006 election results).
Far as I know, Dennis grew up. In that regard, he differs from George Bush as well.
And Dennis' bully-boy persona affected a small area and relatively few individuals.
George, on the other hand, has created a literal hell in far-away places and a lesser but still intolerable environment at home.
I'm studying up on impeachment. Book club, anyone?
UPDATE: Outgoing (by every definition) Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney entered into the Congressional Record remarks on impeachment of George Bush.
The document is divided into sections as follows: I. Failure to ensure the laws are faithfully executied; II. Abuse of office and of executive privilege; III. Failure to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
It's an excellent read. So much so that commenters have cut and pasted the document to send to their state's Representatives. I will now read, inwardly digest, and probably do likewise. Some of Minnesota's representatives read and think and have history (some long, some shorter) of trying to do the right thing.