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Impeach The Bastard!

Photo lifted from Slate Magazine

Cheney and the National Security Secrets Fraud

By Scott Horton
Harper's, June 26, 2007

Aristotle, writing in his Politics, spends a good bit of papyrus on the question of tyranny. What exactly makes a leader a tyrant, he asks. And right at the core of that discussion, he comes to the role of secrets. In a state which has degenerated into tyranny, he writes, the man who is vested with the public’s affairs craves secrecy in all things, whereas he demands that those in private life have no secrets from him – he unleashes his spies and he cultivates informants so that the normal citizen has no privacy in his life at all. But, Aristotle says, in a state governed by concepts of justice, it must be exactly the opposite: those who hold the reins of power must be made to account to the citizens for what they do; conversely, the privacy of the citizenry must be protected from the unreasonable intrusion of the state. The American Founding Fathers didn’t agree with Aristotle about everything, but on this point there was a full buy-in.

Nothing is quite so revealing of the tyrannical attitudes of Dick Cheney as his views on secrecy. Put simply, for Cheney, the public office holder, everything he does must be kept secret from the people. But on the other hand, the ordinary people are entitled to no secrets from him: he can engage in unwarranted wiretapping and surveillance to his heart’s content. And no matter that it’s a violation of federal criminal statutes. Why the office of the Vice President, he thinks, is above the law.

Read the full article here.

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WHY can't get him out of office? What has happened to Kuchinich's impeachment bill?
Dang. It makes me furious that no one is doing any thing about getting him out.
I would feel SO MUCH BETTER if we got rid of him.

A positive answer to why he's not been impeached yet is that by its nature Congress is slow, these things take a LOT of time. Cynics are saying, however, that the reason is just more politics as usual. The theory is that Democrats stand a better chance of winning big in 2008 if Cheney and the rest of those assholes are still in office. If they impeach the bunch right away, then the Republicans can claim that they took care of business and, now that now everything is fine again, you may with good conscience elect us again. Bush and Gonzales continue to smirk, because they KNOW all they have to do is keep stonewalling until the next president--likely Hillary--takes over. Then the whole thing is HER problem.

Ahhh, I never thought of that. Well, the guy is a real jerk, darn it. If the Dems win next election they will have such a mess to try and fix, sometimes I feel like moving out of the country......like you did.

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