It seems that all the talk about impeaching Dick Cheney (thus paving a path to George Bush) might be gaining a little bit of steam. It still has nowhere near the support it needs for anyone to get excited, but these things happen slowly. One of the main reasons people who oppose impeachment give for their reluctance is that by the time it finishes Bush and Cheney would almost be out of office anyway. I have two responses to that; A- even if it were to happen on January 19 of next year, it still sends a message that (even if it takes eight years) you will be held accountable if you try to hijack our country, and B- if the administration has any plans to postpone elections due to some kind of “national emergency”, it would help if there was no administration. The reason why mainstream democrats say they are not getting behind this motion is because it would take up too much time and money, time and money – they say – that could be better utilized taking care of real problems. This is coming from the people who have failed to get anything of substance done besides give the president more and more money for the never ending war. Spending almost a trillion dollars on mass murder is business as usual, but spending probably less than a tenth of that to hold the murderers accountable apparently does not make fiscal sense. And these are the people we are supposed to feel comfortable with leading the country for the next four years?
We are supposed to have congress in order to provide a check and balance just as we are supposed to have police to protect and serve us. Congress has not done anything to check the mass murderers in office and the police are too busy arresting nonviolent protesters to worry about the real criminals. One of the most important parts of a revolution is getting the police and military to be insubordinate; once the people who are here to protect us actually start doing their job, the people are unstoppable. When I came face to face with a few dozen riot cops in Washington DC last March, the look in their eyes told me that – while probably 90% brainwashed – there are still human beings under all that gear and indoctrination. Once more and more people start committing acts of civil disobedience and the police (and eventually the army or national guards) start getting called in to be violent repressors, that’s when reality starts to make its way through the layers of brainwashing, and there begins to be hope. Even something as small as three people getting arrested at a candidates office forces the police to have interaction; when a friend of mine was being transported to the police station from a protest one of the offices told him, “You would be surprised if you knew how many of us were on your side.” It’s our job to convince them to defect.
Maybe massive amounts of the military refusing to fight and a significant number of police rejecting the use of violence against their fellow US citizens will sway the normally stagnant section of our population to get off their couches and do something. In 1968, there was a quagmire in Vietnam, Martin Luther King was assassinated, and Robert F Kennedy was assassinated; that plus and overall feeling of oppression by most non-white, non-rich, non-males led to mass protests at the Chicago Democratic National Convention. I can’t imagine the feeling that was in the air leading up to those days 40 years ago; two leaders who people thought would change the world both had their lives end way too early, everyone knew someone who was over in the jungles fighting a war without reason, and all these movements were taking place throughout the country. Where are the MLK and RFK’s today? Where are the people standing up, risking arrest and ostracization, in order to do what they feel is right? What is it going to take for us to realize that we’re headed for a waterfall? There are going to be huge protests at this year’s DNC in Denver and I really feel like it could be the beginning of something huge, it can be the catalyst to who knows what. It can serve to wake the Democrats up and bring them to the realization that not everyone from the left is a robotic voter of their party. A lot of people are against opposing the Democrats because they feel that it would lead to a Republican presidency again, and there is a real difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to social issues and individual rights. Part of me hopes that our mass protests lead to an all Republican government; maybe four more years of mass oppression, secret jails, and more wars will be what it takes to finally shake people from their slumber.
A criminal inquiry has been ordered over the destruction of the CIA tapes a couple years ago. Michael Mukasey – our Attorney General – has appointed a special prosecutor to look into any obstruction or other law breaking that was involved in destroying the tapes. Unlike the prosecutor who was assigned to the Plame case, this one does not have any special authority, and will have to report to the Department of Justice; the members of which were assigned by Bush. This has the potential to be huge or to drag on for a couple years and then go away. Not too much has come out about the special prosecutor, John H Durham from Connecticut. He was obviously appointed by the president and not fired during the whole attorneygate fiasco, so he must be somewhat loyal to the White House. However, he is known as a tough nose prosecutor who has gone after police and FBI agents with mob ties.
The death toll in Kenya has reached 300, with over 100,000 people being displaced so far in the week of protests and rioting since the allegedly fixed reelection of Mwai Kibaki over Raila Odinga. While the country is almost in ruins, the economy is at a standstill, and Odinga refuses to even meet with Kibaki unless Kibaki concedes that he lost, there is still hope. Desmond Tutu has arrived to help mediate talks and most of the protests yesterday were nonviolent with no reported deaths or serious injuries. The party of Odinga, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), has begun to set up their own government, which is a huge step when combined with continuing the nonviolent protests, pledging their allegiance to the ODM government, and ending the killing of innocent Kibaki supporters. Kenya seems to be a fairly democrat country and if the large number of different tribes were able to live in peace for so many years, there is no reason why a peaceful solution cannot be reached in this situation.
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