What A World, What A World!
What is a country to do when the people want to impeach their president, but the media thinks it’s a bad idea and representatives in government don’t give a damn? This is the position we find ourselves in, but what in the hell are we supposed to do about it exactly?
AfterDowningStreet.org commissioned Zogby to ask the question, yet again, but this time in relation to the illegal wiretapping of American citizens our president has been bragging about. So now we have two popular reasons to impeach Bush, he lied to Congress and the American people about why we went to war in Iraq and as if that wasn’t enough, he has authorized secret domestic spying by the NSA. I hate to keep bringing up the constitution, I know it’s only a piece of paper, but there is a remedy for our current situation provided within it and it is our duty as citizens to make use of it. Bush may think its only use is to wipe his spoiled ass, but unless we agree with him, it’s time to demand more.
I rattle this dilemma around and around in my mind on a daily basis, yet I never seem to get any closer to a solution. I say that we must demand more, but who are we supposed to demand more of, our Senators and Representatives? I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of screaming into those deaf ears. President Clinton was impeached with an approval rating around 70%. Idiot boy has been hovering below 40% for over a year and currently 52% of the population supports impeachment “if he authorized illegal wiretapping” and he’s already told us he has. So, what’s the hold up? How many more signs do we need that the will of the people doesn’t mean a damn thing?
Here’s the skinny as I see it. We have a power crazed Republican President who views our constitutional rights as nothing more than hurdles to jump over (and knock down in the process), a Republican controlled Congress that is so corrupt I can smell the stench all the way in Seattle, a Supreme Court that has been hand picked by the same right wing nutjobs that run the rest of the government and a privatized voting system that doesn’t require our participation in order to achieve the desired result. Oh yeah, and entertainment packaged as news by corporate cronies of the Bush administration that get more bang for their buck by paying to play than they do from our viewer-ship, a fact that only encourages regurgitation of Republican talking points as a substitute for actual reporting. Not a pretty picture, but there it hangs in front of our eyes, the dogs playing poker on black velvet that none of us can escape.
Make a ruckus, that’s my only advise. Wear subversive t-shirts, slap Impeach Bush bumper stickers on your car, replace those sunflowers in the front yard with signs of protest and run for congress in your Republican dominated district. Write Op-Ed pieces and Letters To The Editor, show your town or city that there is a better way. Talk to your neighbors and spread the word, direct all who will listen to reliable sources of information and call your local television station to express your displeasure with what they chose to cover and what they chose to ignore. It seems that we have nothing left but our voices and the only people we can demand more of are each other, and ourselves. The country is going to shit, there’s little doubt about that, but we don’t have to sit idly by while it does. If we’re going to ruin, we might as well go down screaming. That’s my plan anyway.