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Collusion Course: Dems Play Impeachment Farce as Republic Burns
Thursday, 08 November 2007 16:56
by Chris Floyd

I was planning to write on the malevolent farce played out in Congress yesterday, when the Democratic leadership floundered around in a sweaty panic trying to prevent Dennis Kuchinich's impeachment resolution from even being discussed, much less voted upon. But Arthur Silber is already on the case, as we'll see below.

Silber also makes a broader point whose stinging truth should – but won't – spread across the "progressive" movement. As Silber notes, the Republicans proudly champion torture, Hitlerite aggressive war, and iron-fisted domestic tyranny; they think such things are good. The Democrats, in contrast, say they oppose all this, that such things are evil. Yet they do not and will not act to fight against these things. Given this undeniable fact, Silber poses the question:

So which is worse? Those who support evil, but insist they believe it is good? Or those who support evil while claiming, at least some of the time, that they actually know it is evil?

This is, as Silber notes, a distinction without much difference in these darkening times; the first order of business is not to parse partisan characteristics but to halt the onslaught of evil that is emanating from and being exacerbated by both parties. But the formulation does help us see the Democratic "leaders" more clearly. When you support them, you are supporting a knowing collusion with evil. If that's the kind of country you want -- well, you've got it. If not – what are you going to do about it?

Excerpts from The Barren, Deadly Wasteland that Is Now Our Life:

Let's be clear about the stakes [of the impeachment maneuvers] here. First, if anyone in Washington recognized the scope of the worldwide catastrophe that would almost certainly result from an attack on Iran, they would realize that impeachment of both Bush and Cheney is the strongest means of trying to prevent that eventuality...Second, the long list of indisputable crimes committed by the Bush administration -- aggressive, criminal war, explicit and systematic adoption of torture as a normalized means of warfare and of government policy, rendition, secret prisons, and all the rest -- demands impeachment. Impeachment is the least that key members of this administration deserve.

But the Democratic leadership of the House doesn't want to even debate Kucinich's resolution. The Republicans tried to make them -- because the Republicans understand, in the way that repellent, nauseating slugs sense these things about other repellent, nauseating slugs, that the Democrats have no convictions that matter to them, and that the Democrats are incapable of making a principled argument about anything. The Republicans knew that these Democrats would "look bad" -- which they certainly would have. People devoid of conscience, lacking in all principles, unable to grasp the most overwhelmingly significant truths of our time, and as stupid as human beings can be while still managing to breathe will undoubtedly "look bad" in such circumstances.

This is where we've come: two criminal gangs run the United States from Washington. Neither of them understands the supreme and sacred value of an individual human life. Neither understands any matter of principle relating to liberty or peace. Both of them are intent upon power, no matter how many innocent people must die, and regardless of how many countries must be destroyed, including our own.

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