U.S. Democratic party leaders and President George W. Bush made conciliatory noises on Wednesday...You just had to know this was coming. Didn't you?
Bush said "now it's our duty to put the election behind us and work together with the Democrats."As anyone who has been paying attention during the last six years already knows, when Bushists speak of "unity" they mean "Agree with us or else!" And when Bush speaks of "working together with the Democrats," he means "Bend over!"
Democrat Nancy Pelosi, set to become the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, pledged to co-operate with Republicans as "the Speaker of the House, not the Speaker of the Democrats."There is no good reason why impeachment should be "off the table". Impeachment should be the only thing on the table! This so-called president has committed so many impeachable offenses that nobody could list them all in a humble blog post. It would take a whole book. If you don't believe me, ask Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky.
Talk of impeaching Bush "is off the table," she said.
What in the world is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her mission should be crystal-clear. Or have we "elected" a bunch of craven idiots?
What she should be saying, of course, goes something like this:
Americans did not elect Democrats because they wanted more of the same. They did not ask us to enable any more abuse, and we do not intend to do so.Of course, if she actually did say that, she could never fly again. But I really wouldn't mind seeing her walk.
We will not tolerate any more crimes against America.
We will not tolerate any more crimes against Humanity.
We will not tolerate any more attempts to degrade the Constitution, to punish legitimate political dissent, or to further empower your so-called "Unitary Executive".
We will do everything in our power to punish the perpetrators of the crimes against America, and against Humanity, that have been committed by you and your administration during the past six years. This includes stolen elections, it includes lying to start two wars, and it includes the crimes of 9/11, the coverup of those crimes, and the shameless and relentless exploitation of those crimes for partisan political purposes.
We will do everything in our power to see that justice is done. We will do everything in our power to see that the perpetrators of these crimes are punished -- to the fullest extent of domestic and international law -- no matter what high offices they currently inhabit.
If that means nooses, no problem. We can get nooses. If it means cells at Abu Ghraib, no problem. We can get those too.
Make no mistake, sir. Justice will be served.
The American people -- and the people of the world -- deserve nothing less.