The Bush administration's greatest success is
its ability to escape accountability for its numerous impeachable offenses.
The administration's offenses against US law, the US Constitution,
civil liberties, human rights, and the Geneva Conventions, its lies
to Congress and the American people, its vote-rigging scandals, its
sweetheart no-bid contracts to favored firms, its political firing of
Republican US Attorneys, its practice of kidnapping and torturing
people in foreign hellholes, and its persecution of whistle blowers
are altogether so vast that it is a major undertaking just to list
Bush admits that he violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act and spied on US citizens without warrants, a felony under the
Act. Bush has shown total disrespect for civil liberty and the
Constitution and has suffered rebukes from the Supreme Count. The
evidence is overwhelming that the Bush administration manufactured
false "intelligence" to justify military aggression against Iraq.
Halliburton contract scandals are notorious, as is the use of
electronic voting machines programmed to miscount the actual vote.
The chief-of-staff to Vice President Cheney has been convicted for
obstructing justice in the outing of a covert CIA officer. Proof of
torture is overwhelming, and the Bush administration has even had the
temerity to have permissive legislation passed after the fact that
permits it to continue to torture "detainees." The Sibel Edmonds and
other whistle blower cases are well known. The Senate Judiciary
Committee has just issued subpoenas to Justice (sic) Dept. officials
involved in the scandalous removal of US Attorneys who refused to be
Yet the Democrats have taken impeachment "off the table." Many
Democrats and Republicans and a great many Christians can contemplate
illegal military aggression against Iran, but not the impeachment of
the greatest criminal administration in US history. Far from being
scandalized by what the entire world views as an unjust invasion and
occupation of Iraq by the US, leading Democratic and Republican
candidates for the 2008 presidential nomination rushed to inform the
Israel Lobby, AIPAC, that they, if elected, will keep US troops in Iraq.
The previous occupant of the White House could not escape being
impeached by the House of Representatives for lying about a
consensual Oval Office sexual affair. President Nixon and his vice
president, a saintly pair compared to Bush-Cheney, were both driven
from office for offenses that are inconsequential by comparison.
Liberals branded Ronald Reagan the "Teflon President," but the
neoconservatives' Iran-Contra scandal was a mere dress rehearsal for
their machinations in the Bush regime.
What explains Bush-Cheney invulnerability to accountability?
Perhaps the answer is that Bush has desensitized us. Like kids
desensitized to violence by violent video games and movies and
pornography addicts desensitized to sex, we have become desensitized
by the avalanche of Bush-Cheney crimes, lies, and disdain for
Congress, courts, and public opinion.
Our elected representatives, if not the American people, now regard
as normal such heinous actions as war crimes, the rape of the
Constitution, self-serving use of government office, and the constant
stream of lies and propaganda from the highest offices of the
Perhaps that is what disillusioned foreigners, who once looked with
hope to America, mean when they say that America does not exist anymore.
If the notion has departed that the highest political offices in the
land are supposed to be occupied by people who are honest and
faithful to their oath to the Constitution, then we are far advanced
on the road to tyranny.
In future history books, will Bush-Cheney mark the transition of the
United States from constitutional rule to the unaccountable rule of
the unitary executive who cancels out Congress with signing
statements and silences critics with the police state means that are
now part of the US legal code?