Friday, July 07, 2006

WILL BUSH EVER BE BROUGHT TO THE BAR OF JUSTICE? BERLUSCONI TO STAND TRIAL AS A CRIMINAL

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Now that Howard Dean has publicly stated that the Democrats aren't planning to start impeachment proceedings against Bush after they win back a majority in Congress, maybe those of us who don't accept the Bush Regime as a normal part of the ebb and flow of legitimate American politics need to start asking ourselves if Bush and his bandit cronies and lackeys will ever be brought to Justice.

The Italian version of Bush, the recently deposed little crook Silvio Berlusconi was claiming he was being harrassed by the new government. He's lucky he's not in prison yet, where he, like Bush, belongs. Today's news, that an Italian judge has ordered Berlusconi to stand trial on fraud charges is heartening. But could it ever happen here?

Even the traitorous southern swine Jefferson Davis was only incarcerated for 2 years after the Confederate rebellion was put down and the unrepentant racist rebels elected him to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi, an office from which he was barred by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. More recently Richard Nixon escaped prison-- and even a trial-- as part of a deal that made Gerald Ford President briefly (although long enough to pardon Nixon for everything and anything he had ever done). Apparently Americans don't like imprisoning their leaders, although the only people I know who wouldn't like to see Bush and Cheney imprisoned are people who want to see them face... something more... permanent (after a fair trial, of course).

According to VoteToImpeach.org over 700,000 people have already signed their petition to impeach him. Although there are numerous reasons Bush should be impeached and punished, there is general agreement that the 4 main categories of his high crimes and misdemeanors involve dragging the U.S. into a war with Iraq based on systematic lying; the illegal wiretapping of American citizens; committing war crimes like having citizens of other countries tortured; and blatant and continuous violation of international treaties. If you want to get into all the specifics, plus other probable criminal charges, take a look at this. (And none of this is off-the-wall-stuff like him being in on 9-11. This is just the stuff we're sure of, not the wild theories... not that I'm discounting them.

Polls have shown that a majority of Americans now believe Bush should be impeached if it can be proved that he lied about Iraq. Wikipedia has a thorough page called "Movement to Impeach George W. Bush, which includes information on the efforts in the state legislatures of Illinois, Vermont and California to force Congress to take up the issue. For now, though, it's just a dream in the minds of every American awake and in love with Democracy.

'Til then we need to somehow prevent Republicans from tampering with election results and sit back and enjoy the spectacle of Bush's pal Berlusconi in court. "A flamboyant showman who defied national opinion and backed U.S. President George W. Bush's war in Iraq, [he] could face up to six years in jail for tax fraud if convicted. But the perma-tanned 69-year-old has managed to avoid jail in at least seven previous graft trials. He was found guilty four times, but verdicts were overturned on appeal or the statute of limitations applied and charges were dropped." And then there'll be DeLay and Ney and Jerry Lewis and John Doolittle... and wasn't it just today that another Republican crook caught in the Rove-Mehlman scam to steal the New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat currently being illegally occupied by John Sununu, said that his crimes against democracy were approved by "The White House and the national Republican Party" (both ostensibly headed by Bush)?


MONDAY UPDATE: CAN BUSH BE TRIED AS AN INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMINAL?

Maybe our political system can be counted on to give Bush a pass, but a Nuremberg chief prosecutor says there is a case for trying Bush for the "supreme crime against humanity, an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign nation."

6 Comments:

At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howie,

I've heard two sides to the argument about impeachment. One I embraced from the getgo. Bush needs to be impeached. The second, however, did give me pause- that being, should the Dems win the House/ Senate/ Congressional majority, Bush has created such a mess that our time as a nation should be better spent in trying to clean up his messes and moving forward, rather that engaging in necessarily protracted impeachment hearings.

And, BTW, inasmuch as I wouldn't put anything past BushCo., including 911 and forged documents re: Niger uranium (these commonly believed to have originated in Italy, oh, during the Burlusconi regime, and let me mention Michael Ledeen) my tinfoil hat just went on extra alert.

Any take on the above(s)? Much appreciated.

M.

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous JerryB said...

I think it's clear that Bush et al will not be punished for his crimes. The media won't like it because it calls their actions into question. I'm sure they will use the power to protect Bush. I'm sure that if the Dems do win back either house of congress we will see many hearings on a wide range of subjects. In the long run it may be enough to make a part of the permanant congressional record the crimes of this administration.

But who knows, maybe if enough of the truth gets out there people and the press may change their minds.

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger dusty said...

I just want the bastard out of office and I don't give a rat's ass how they do it. IF..and its still a big IF, the Dem's win control back, they can effectively change our course with him in office..if not, then impeach the bastard.

I know..what i just typed makes no sense but I am under the weather..sorry.

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we'll just have to await the verdict of history and then put up with all the right-wing whining whe once again conservatism's follies are crashed on the rocks of reality.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger elephty said...

As Colbert stated, "Reality has a known liberal bias."

The mainstream news media will never help bring down Bush for his crimes, because they were co-conspirators in them. If Bush goes down, they go down. This would be as it should be, but how often does "should" ever happen.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Satiric Phenomenologist said...

The Bush team has stolen two presidential elections, has started at least one war under verifibaly false pretense, has imprisoned, tortured, and spied upon Americans en mase, and has racked up the largest debt in the history of the world. The corporate giants we quaintly refer to as "the news" have long ago commandeered our national consciousness with attractive young women - either dead or missing - and with shameless camera whores peddling political smut. Bush and his pals will never face justice. They'd sooner pack the whole of America into cattle cars before letting that happen.

Wanna bet Maw and Paw Republican will still be signing the praises of Dubya as they march to their own graves? Idiots.

 

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