Why is Congress ranked right
below Dick Cheney in popularity?
Because nobody has yet polled
on the popularity of pond scum.
The day before Congress
tossed the Fourth Amendment, and literally five minutes after
they took out a $163 billion loan on behalf of my unborn grandkids
to kill Iraqis and U.S.
troops for another year, I had to give a speech at a university
in Milwaukee about peace, impeachment, and elections.
I started like this, before breaking the news about what Congress
had just done:
Happy Juneteenth! The words
that were read to the slaves in Texas are worth remembering:
“The people of Texas
are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the
Executive of the United States, all
slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights
and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and
the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that
between employer and free laborer.”
If someone would read the
recent Supreme Court decision in plain English to the captives
at Guantanamo, the
words might sound very similar - shocking to the point of unbelievability.
So, good things can happen,
and they can take a long time coming, and then they can suddenly
That was my attempt to offer
encouragement. Then I broke the news, to lots of moans and groans.
there’s an important catch that I should have stressed more
than I did, I think. Good things cannot happen in Congress,
because the soulless spineless servile scoundrels running the
place would throw their own mothers under a bus for a corporate
campaign contribution or to avoid being called names by a pundit
on TV or perhaps - we can only speculate - to succumb to blackmail
and avoid exposure of the fact that they once tried to have
sex with a sheep, and that the sheep - of course -turned them
Somebody needs to tell members
of Congress, with regard to their jobs, what a CIA torture strategist
advised six years ago: If the detainee dies you’re doing it
wrong. If thousands of people die to enrich your “contributors,”
YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.
Here I am hanging out with
my rightwing Midwestern relatives who complain nonsensically
about affirmative action and welfare, and they agree with me
on all the big things. They want to stop paying for the war.
Even the ones who still believe Iraq
attacked the World
still want to stop paying for the war. They
do not want to give immunity to lawbreaking telecoms. They do
not want to lose the Fourth Amendment. They want the legalized
bribery system that we call “campaign financing” shut down.
They want the power of political parties curtailed. They want
independent non-wealthy candidates to run for office and win.
And they want them to serve one term and quit. They want power
taken back from the White House and restored to the Congress.
They want green energy and no more wars. If you just make clear
that they can keep lots of guns and Bibles around, they’ll get
enough other stuff right to fix the broken system, except that
they aren’t trying. They’re going hunting and reading the Bibles
and hoping somebody else will fix everything. They think the
only place to effect change is through elections. And they think
the electoral system is rotten to the core. So they give up.
Just like most East Coast liberals.
But, of course, elections
alone have never fixed anything. Movements of people pressuring
for change, working for change, risking for change, and sacrificing
regardless of how soon - if ever - they can be expected to succeed
is what fixes things. If electing people alone could change
anything, the 2006 elections would have changed at least some
teeny tiny noticeable policy. Instead those elections changed
absolutely nothing. Congress Members don’t acquire humanity
by being elected. They have to have it injected into their hollow
toxic souls every single morning by massive public pressure.
And then you have to keep them out of sight of a full moon,
or they can lose it again.
June 19th, the so-called leaders of the so-called Democrats
in Congress passed an amendment they had carefully drafted and
negotiated to assure its passage, dumping another $163 billion
into the humanitarian project of liberating Iraqis from their
homes and limbs and lives. Most of the votes came from Republicans
(188). Some came from Democrats (80), including Hoyer and Emanuel.
Most Democrats voted No, including Pelosi, Obey, and others
who worked tirelessly to make sure the thing would pass. In
fact, every single congress member who voted No did so knowing
the thing would pass. And in the days leading up to the vote,
not a single one of them publicly lobbied their colleagues or
the so-called leadership to vote No or to not bring it up. Almost
all of them voted Yes on the Rule, the procedural vote to bring
the matter up for a vote. Not a single one of them went to any
more effort than pulling one lever instead of another. Not a
single one of them risked a broken fingernail. Meanwhile thousands
upon thousands of Americans have made huge sacrifices over a
period of years trying to grab the attention of these living
dead fascist functionaries.
Congressman David Obey considers
it a law of physics, both that the war simply must be funded
even by those who claim to oppose it, and that his own shit
doesn’t stink. Yet, when Democrats.com commissioned a poll last
month, it found a majority of Americans wanting Congress to
cut off the money and demand that the president bring everyone
home within six months. That’s a majority of the citizens of
this country, who have heard more about Iraq than any other
topic in the news over the past six years. If Obey won’t trust
us on this one, what will he trust us on? And if he considers
a majority of Americans to be “idiot liberals,” why should a
majority of Americans continue to masochistically employ this
arrogant and unaccountable accountant for mass-murder?
In November 2006, I said
there would be two things Congress could do in the next two
years. Because any good bill would be vetoed or signing statemented,
Congress could only usefully stop funding the occupation or
start hearings on impeachment. Assuming we don’t stop the funding
that the House just passed, there will remain only one useful
thing that Congress can do. Of course, the “leaders” don’t want
to impeach, and they especially don’t want to impeach for crimes
they have been complicit in - and that’s most of the crimes.
But, believe it or not,
there is a type of impeachment that a number of congress members
in both parties have begun expressing interest in, namely Congressman
Dennis Kucinich’s 27th article of impeachment: the
refusal of the president to comply with congressional subpoenas.
Congress Members can’t be complicit if they try (and you can
be sure they’ll try) in a president’s refusal to comply with
a congressional subpoena. And an impeachment hearing on that
abuse cannot take a lot of time. The president simply
has refused to comply with numerous subpoenas, not to mention
contempt citations. It’s an impeachment hearing that takes under
an hour, requiring zero staff time or expense.
But, of course, Judiciary
Committee Chairman, John Conyers, wants to wait until Bush bombs
to start impeachment. This is like waiting to begin surgery
on a patient until he’s lost a pulse. This Fourth of July, somebody
needs to remind these senile servants of dictatorship how we
got the constitutional system of government that they are destroying
before our eyes.
president whose character is marked by every act which may define
a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. We therefore
do, in the name and by the authority of the good people solemnly
publish and declare that these free and independent people are
absolved from all allegiance to the president, the vice president,
or the corrupt cabal of court jesters on capitol hill, and that
all political connection between them and this so-called government
is and ought to be totally dissolved. And for the support of
this declaration we mutually pledge to each other our lives,
our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
Of course, somebody will
have to explain to each congress member what “sacred honor”
David Swanson, is co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America.
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