Sunday, June 19, 2005

We live in interesting times

The coming out of Deep Throat reminds us that it is quite possible for a U.S. president to commit impeachable offenses, and for a resolution of inquiry, filed soon after that president got re-elected by a greater margin than George W. Bush did, at a time when he enjoyed greater popularity than Bush currently does, to reveal intolerable offenses and to hold those responsible for such injustices accountable. It reminds us that this is quite possible, indeed, has happened to no trivial degree, in the midst of a loyal following and widespread illusion.

But in the time leading up to the Nixon trial, there had not been a number of compelling testimonies from various credible and well-respected (on both sides of the aisle) witnesses from inside the government, as there is in our current situation. Nor was there a plethora of confirmed documentary evidence, as there is today. Nor were the charges as serious as those now levied against this administration, namely, premeditated violation of the public trust and deception of congress in leading this nation into a war on false pretense.

Arguably, there has never been a more compelling case to warrant a formal investigation into the conduct of the president and the chief officers of his administration. Yet at the same time, there has never been as much trivializing by uncaring reporters, nor as much dereliction of duty, partisan politicking, stonewalling, and outright abuse by Republican congressmen.

Let there be no doubt about one thing: There are no legal obstacles to truth and justice. There have never been. The obstacles we face today are of an entirely different nature: They are, as they have always been and will always be, ignorance and arrogance. Today, more than ever, these obstacles stand in the way of justice and truth for America.

Today, more than ever, as many Republican congressmen refuse to do their duty and obstruct others from doing theirs, we, as citizens, must do our duty. The media must report the news that makes a difference in our lives and has profound ramifications on the general welfare. And if they fail to do their duty, others must take it upon themselves to report the news, while holding the reporters accountable for their dereliction. And we all must hold our representatives accountable by petition and by vote. We must do these things and more, not because it is our right, but because it is our duty.

And I abhor - I vociferously condemn - any reporter who seeks to trivialize this very serious matter, or to marginalize the great and growing number of people who have become privy to it. The measure of their irresponsibility to our soldiers who are dying in Iraq, and their violence to everything that America stands for, is directly proportional to their inaction and/or active obstruction of justice in failing to report and/or trivializing these matters, and the scope and extent of its retarding effects on congressional action and the public knowledge.

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Blogger Jake Porter said...

I am conviced that the only way they will investigate the Republicans for anything is if they cheat on their wives. I guess they think cheating on your wife if a worse crime than lying where people die. I don't know if Bush lied but he has never answered any of the questions that need to be answered.

21/6/05 18:46  

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