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We Face A Crisis Without Equal

by RonChusid

Editor and Publisher notes many of the same trends we have. “Fox News poll this week shows his approval rating sinking to 33%, with grassroots Republicans abandoning Bush in droves.” “This week at Vanity Fair online, Carl Bernstein is calling for a Watergate-style congressional probe of possible high crimes and misdemeanors. Even Neil Young is weighing in with a soon-to-be-released song that urges, “Let’s impeach the president — for lying.” They give more extended coverage to Thomas Friedman’s column, starting by observing:

Friedman, who still supports the Iraq war, opens by declaring that given a choice between a nuclear Iran and an attack on that country engineered by the White House, he would choose the former. That’s how little he trusts the diplomatic and military chops of Bush, Rumsfeld, Condi and Co. He cites “the level of incompetence that the Bush team has displayed in Iraq, and its refusal to acknowledge any mistakes or remove those who made them.”

Editor and Publisher calls this A Crisis Almost Without Equal:

Our president, in a time of war, terrorism and nuclear intrigue, will likely remain in office for another 33 months, with crushingly low approval ratings that are still inching lower. Facing a similar problem, voters had a chance to quickly toss Jimmy Carter out of office, and did so. With a similar lengthy period left on his White House lease, Richard Nixon quit, facing impeachment. Neither outcome is at hand this time.

They find no easy solutions:

I don’t have a solution myself now, although all pleas for serious probes, journalistic or official, of the many alleged White House misdeeds should be heeded. But my point here is simply to start the discussion, and urge that the media, first, recognize that the crisis—or, if you want to say, impending crisis — exists, and begin to explore the ways to confront it.

If anything, this column understates the problem which people of both parties are recognized. This country was established under a set of principles including respect for the rights of the individual, religious freedom including the necessary condition of separation of church and state, and separation of powers. Over most of the course of this country, the trend has been to more consistently apply these principles, such as with the extension of rights to women and blacks. We’ve had periods of increased power being grabbed by the Executive Branch, but they inevitably lead to new limitations to maintain our liberties. George Bush is a reactionary who desires to take this country in a direction different from these traditions. Not only is he trying to take the country in a direction different than that desired by most Americans, he has been incompetent in the exercise of the powers of his office, compounding the problem.

As long as his political party places politics over the good of the country, impeachment is not a likely remedy unless there should be a tremendous change in the composition of Congress in the next election. The current Republicans are the only ones with the power to end this crisis now. When faced with problems which were less severe than those we face today, some Republicans such as Barry Goldwater ultimately spared the country continued suffering by convincing Richard Nixon he must step down. This solution is unlikely, but if Republicans wish to show that they love America as much as they claim it is time for them to encourage George Bush and Dick Cheney to step down.

11 Responses to “We Face A Crisis Without Equal”

  1. This is what completely perplexes me. This blundering by the Republicans and bad policy makers.
    It seems to me that if they wanted support they would impeach as soon as possible to establish ethics and responsibility, or the appearance of them, and show their seriousness about change. I believe that is what the public is starting to desire. They might have illusions about doing things ouside of the people’s will, but I don’t think it works that way here. Trends dictate, I think. It would be their only hope for saving the party right now.
    I don’t get it.

  2. Teresa,

    The problem is that the Repubicans have nothing left to save. They can no longer be the party to oppose big government as they are now the problem themselves. They have no principles left. They have no ideas beyond ones to cover up their goals to transfer more wealth to the ultra-wealthy.

    All the Republicans have left is to grasp for power. The longer they stick with Bush, the less they have left beyond this.

  3. That’s encouraging, Ron. This is why I’ve been against impeachment all along. It would shortchange the Republican ruin. Let them continue their destruction with their utter failures continually lurking behind them. we can put our energy into worthwhile efforts. There really is so little time left for them. And even though some folks say their powers are still great, I don’t believe it. I just want to say good-bye.

  4. The article claims Democrats oppose impeachment for political reasons, believing they can win by having Bush in office to drag down the Republicans.

    The only real reason not to attempt to impeach now is that it is futile, and may even help unite the Republicans behind Bush again. If impeachment were a real possibility, go ahead. If the news this summer and fall was dominated by impeachment, this would only help the Democrat’s chances.

  5. I think impeachment is unneccessary. Too much cost, time, and life force. The end is coming naturally.

    I also sort of think that impeachment has lost some of it’s credibility, power and political advantage after the Clinton Debacle. Let it lie for awhile and use it when really applicable.

    The news could still be dominated by the subject to the Democrats’ advantage and that would be a way for them to capitalize on the media so bent on trying to diminish them.

  6. The end isn’t coming for quite a while. 2009 is a long time to go without an effective President. If impeachment were a possiblity it should be considered.

    As for “really applicable” this seems to really apply to Bush. There’s a major difference between now and the Clinton years–Bush really deserves impeachment.

    None of this matters as long as the Republicans control Congress and impeachment is not a possibility.

  7. Now there’s a major pronouncement – by the trade mag of the MSM.

    I agree Ron, it won’t happen, but the best thing they could do for us all is follow Nixon.

  8. It’s not Bush. It’s the whole extreme right infrastructure in the Republican Party that needs to come down. That will take time. I’m willing to be patient and let it be complete.

  9. IMHO, If we run on the platform of impeaching Bush, we deserve to loose. We need to run on how we will solve the problems. The desire to impeach must come from the masses, the general public must demand it first; not Dems.
    We can run on how corrupt, incompetent and immoral Dumbo Inc is and what we will do differently and better; or not do depending on the issue.
    Our campaign slogan must not be “Elect us and we will impeach Bush!”

  10. Dumbo Inc is neutered if we can get control of either the House or Senate this November. That is why Rove was moved to run the elections.
    BTW..as I posted earlier elsewhere…we must start a letter campaign of removing his salary form the public payroll.

  11. Democrats definately can’t run on a platform of impeaching Bush.

    They must run on princples, including restoring accountability in government, as well as plans to fix the mess Bush as created.

    If this results in a Congress willing to investigate Bush and ultimately impeach, that would be a great outcome, but impeachment should not be the main focus of the campaign.