Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nancy Pelosi is swiftly going down as the most feeble, complicit, and enabling Speaker of House in American history....

FINALLY! The 'buzz' is starting to sink in to the American consciousness... The Bush-Cheney administration are like abusive, violent parents... and Nancy Pelosi is like the mother in Florida who was so desperate for the approval and company of her boyfriend, that she did nothing to protect her daughter from violent abuse, and eventually was complicit in the post-murder burial and false "missing" story that her boyfriend gave to police to avoid suspicion.

Nancy, the Vice President and President are HARMFUL to America, as you well know... They put the profits of their corporate cronies above the welfare of America's combat troops (much less, heaven forbid, the combat-wounded veterans of that war).... Hell, they put the TAX CUTS for their BILLIONAIRE CRONIES ahead of the welfare of combat troops and veterans, much less the citizens of New Orleans who didn't have second homes to run to, much less the millions of Americans who have no health insurance, much less the millions of seniors DENIED cross-border trips to purchase discount drugs by the Big Pharma "Prescription Drug Reform" bill pushed by the Bush White House.... much less thousands of investors and workers ROBBED by Enron fraud (with Senator Joe Lieberman complicit in the smothering of the 2002 Enron investigation in his committee), much less the MILLIONS of California rate-payers EXTORTED by Enron, with the blessings and cover of the Bush-Cheney White House.

ALL that Americans (and future history books) need to realize is that the Democrats did NOTHING to rectify those serial, chronic, appalling, and atrocious abuses to the body of American society... which is why Mr. Dave Lindorff is CORRECT - by the time this 110th Congress runs for re-election, they will be fully AS DESPISED as Dick Cheney and Karl Rove now are.

Well, at least Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have given us a 6 month moratorium on the nuclear war against Iran... but that, too, will be gone with the wind as this Congress degenerates into apathetic mush.

Dave Lindorff: Nancy & Harry: Bringing Down the House (and Senate)
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Tue, 06/26/2007
by Dave Lindorff

Vice President Cheney says he doesn't have to obey the law relating to national security records held in the executive office because as vice president, he's not part of the executive branch.

Cheney is reported to be actively lobbying the president to pardon a convict, L. "Scooter" Libby, his former right-hand-man, his "Cheney's Cheney," whom everyone knows took the fall and lied to a federal prosecutor to protect his boss. That is, the vice president is seeking a pardon for a man who, if he got tired of sitting in jail, could send him to jail.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the nation's top law enforcement official, has lied repeatedly to Congress.

President Bush has openly and audaciously on over 1,200 occasions refused to enact all or parts of hundreds of laws passed by the Congress of the United States, claiming for himself a non-existent "unitary executive authority" that purportedly makes him an extraconstitutional tyrant whose office comprises all executive, legislative, and judicial power in the government, thus rendering Congress and the Judiciary merely vestigial bodies much like the tiny hip and bones buried deep inside the body of a whale.

Bush continues to expand a war in Iraq, adding tens of thousands of overstretched and exhausted troops and producing hundreds of new dead American bodies, despite a clear call in last November's election for an end to a conflict that has now lasted longer than World War II. He also continues to claim that the war is legal, despite overwhelming evidence that both he and the vice president lied brazenly and repeatedly about the reasons for it.

The president continues to insist that Americans and captives in various American wars can be held in violation of International Law and the Constitution, with no trial, no habeas corpus rights, no right to a lawyer, and no protection from torture.

The president refuses to talk about or explain the details of an extra-judicial spying program against Americans that he authorized, even after it had been declared a serious felony and violation of the First and Fourth Amendments. It is a program that was so offensive that even his one-time attorney general John Ashcroft, a man who saw nothing wrong with organizing 20 million Americans to spy on the rest of us, refused to sign on, and indeed threatened to resign.

And the president, in myriad ways, continues to obstruct global and domestic efforts to begin to seriously address the mounting disaster of global heating -- a crisis that threatens the survival not just of the nation, but of the human race.

In the face of all these crimes and abuses of power, what have the Democrats done? The easiest way to show the Democratic response to all this criminality is to leave what we writers call a double-space break:

That's it.

Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

When Democrats won the 2006 off-year election, and when they assumed control of the 110th Congress, there was big talk about pressing ahead with investigations of administration wrongdoing and bungling, and of pushing forward a progressive Democratic agenda. There was talk of investigating the president's assault on civil liberties, of ending the Iraq War, of dealing with a national health care crisis that now leaves 45 million Americans with no insurance and no access to decent medical care, of funding a gutted educational system, of passing legislation to begin cutting back on America's prodigious and unconscionable production of global warming gases, and of fixing an electoral system that is a national embarrassment and an invitation to theft and manipulation.

And what have they actually done? Unfortunately, the answer here is not "nothing," which might have been better.

No. Instead, they funded the Iraq war for months to come, in full with no strings attached, and passed a minimum wage hike that is so minimal most workers won't even know it happened, because their own states already have higher pay mandates.

Little wonder that support for Democrats in Congress has cratered, plunging from a euphoric 65 percent right after the last election to 23 percent today.

The Democratic Congress, incredibly, has managed in five short months of inaction and diddling around to become less popular than this most loathed and ridiculed of presidents!

Like Laurel and Hardy near the end of a disaster skit, in which their antics have caused nothing but mounting chaos and ruin, the only challenge left for the great leadership team of Speaker Nancy "Impeachment's-off- the-table" Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is to see if they can succeed in driving Democratic support numbers down below even the 9 percent level enjoyed by Vice President Cheney.

I have no doubt that this sorry duo can manage this feat, given enough time. All they have to do is keep funding the war, keep ignoring the president's crimes and the mounting popular calls for his impeachment, keep bottling up the Cheney impeachment bill submitted by Rep. Dennis Kucinich and co-sponsored, now by seven other House members, and keep yakking about wanting to work "across the aisle" and "with the president."

The president has his legacy. He is all set to go down in history as the most wretched, debased, ignorant, mean-spirited, and treasonous chief executive in the nation's history. He really need do nothing more to lock in his title.

Pelosi and Reid are well on the way, though, to being able to claim the companion title of lamest opposition leaders in the nation's history.

DAVE LINDORFF is co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of The Case for
Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin's Press, 2006), now available in paperback. His work is available at thiscantbehappening.net.