Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I'm tired of hearing apologists. I'm tired of excuses. I'm tired of no real explanations about all the people who sat and WAITED for DAYS for Federal help that came far far FAR too late, and as a result, suffered and died.

Let's get this straight. What is the purpose of the Federal government? Is it to create a plutocracy? Because that's what they're doing right now. Anyone who is pretending that that isn't going on is amazingly good at fooling themselves, or they just don't care. The rich are getting richer in America, and the poor are getting poorer. And it's not by accident or mistake, it's by design. There's plenty of evidence for those willing to look for it.

The true purpose of the Federal government is to "form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity," according to our Constitution.

Has the general welfare been promoted? I would say not. What about insured domestic tranquility? Nope. FEMA has fucked that ALL up.

I won't even talk about a war that we fought for all the wrong reasons (and how many people died as a result), or a peace that we're losing thanks to administration bungling, or the breeding ground for terrorist cells that WE'VE created. I won't even talk about funny business with the elections, even though there's plenty to support such a view. This is all about THIS particular series of criminal fuckups.

I'll end this simply with another quote from the Constitution:

"Section 4 - Impeachment

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."


Blogger Michael "VendorX" Heaney said...

Every single one of us must shout impeachment at the top of our lungs as many times as we can. There should be two things one the plate of of every socially conscious american citizen at this point, getting rid of Bush and undoing the terrible damage he and his supporters have done to our nation.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

FEMA never was all that great, but it's gotten worse since the Department of Homeland Stupidity cannibalized it. Also, don't forget that Congress has played a huge role in screwing everything up. Throw the bums out!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

I've honestly got to go a different direction here. And I know it won't be popular...

Where is the impeachable offense? Where are the "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors?"

Mismanagement...sure. Poor response...sure. Criminal acts...not so sure.

Don't get me wrong...I have no love for the current administration and the Fun Party would be a preferable alternative.

Is lying to go to war treasonous? I'm not qualified to make that call. I know the Spanish-American war was started on a lie (Remember the Maine) and we recovered from that. It was essentially a land grab by the US.

AS for NO and Katrina... right now I can't get straight the timeline regarding requests for aid and declarations of emergency. The Mayor of NO...has not distinguished himself in this crisis either. And it is clear that the Dem. governor is at odds with the Feds...but is this impeachable?

Remember, Congress had to approve the appointees to these positions (sure it's a rubber stamp when your party controls...but some blame can go there as well).

I recommend everyone go watch the Daily Show. Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes were particularly biting. I think you can view the main bits online.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Here is a timeline I found...(at a good Liberal blog)...

12:58 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Here's the impeachable offense: Mass murder by, at the least, massive incompetence on the part of the administration. The Federal government, and by extension, the Executive branch, has very grave responsibilities in such situations. The administration, quite simply chose the wrong person for the job, and when it was apparent that he was fucking it up, did not step in and get the job done right.

The U.S.S. Bataan followed Katrina in, and was ready to drop water and food. All they were waiting for was Presidential authorization. This did not come for over three days. Three days AFTER the hurricane was gone.

So whether you think that the actions (or in-actions) of the administration, that resulted in the deaths of possibly THOUSANDS, were merely a massive bungling of historic proportions, or something much more malicious, it doesn't matter. Intent is not the question. Results are what this is about. Criminal negligence. That's what this is about.

Hell, there's STILL no FEMA presence in many parts near Biloxi and Gulfport. Because FEMA doesn't want to 'tax the infrastructure.' WTF? A bit like burning the village to save it, if you ask me.

Criminal negligence.

There's your 'other high crimes.'

1:09 AM  
Blogger Michael "VendorX" Heaney said...

I dunno, Ken, read your own wording, there. "Treason, bribery OR OTHER high crimes." But then, when dealing with a lie that starts a WAR, that gets thousands of people killed, you only compare the 'or other' to treason, not to, say, bribery? You don't think that that act could constitute a demonstrable crime on par with bribery? Falsifying data to justify a war?

Pete's argument holds even more water, especially since, as in all cases, laws and rules have a 'spirit', a goal in mind. Bush is clearly guilty of criminal neglegance, at the very least, and as to the spirit of the law, as I stated in my own blog, impeaching him is now a matter of life or death. The number of bodies piling up that can be linked back to this administration is obscene. If we truly care about human life as a 'god given' right, then he's got to go. You say you're not 'qualified' to make the call, Ken. As a voting citizen of a republic, not only are you qualified, you're obligated, and you are likewise obligated to judge the nature and goal of the law, rather than merely observe the letter, especially when thousands of lives are at stake.

11:42 AM  
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I am so with this!


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