Impeachment: The Decorum of Deafening Silence
News from Ireland
US congressman moves to impeach Bush
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
By Gary Fennelly
Former Democratic presidential contender, Dennis Kucinich, has called for the impeachment of George W Bush claiming that the president set out to deceive the nation, and violated his oath of office with the Iraq war.
The Ohio representative yesterday introduced 35 articles of impeachment against Bush on the floor of the US House of Representatives.
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
The Defeaning Silence
Ghawar June 10th, 2008 6:07 pm
Great news...from Ireland.
So, what if they impeached the president and nobody reported it? As of 3AM EDT the goddam liberal media is largely silent on Dennis Kucinich's introduction of Articles of Impeachment on the floor of the House last night.
witness June 11th, 2008 6:37 am
This media blackban on reporting the matter is a new lowpoint.
The senate report has literally criminal dirt on Bush. The public are behind impeachment big time. McClellan is going to testify. Conyers is mobilising the house sargeant of arms on nose-thumbing subpeona evaders.
Kucinich just laid down a royal flush down on a table piled with chips.
BUT IT IS N-O-T NEWSWORTHY.
YOU REALLY COULD NOT MAKE THIS UP.
Why The Silence is Decorous
9/11, Deep State Violence and the Hope of Internet Politics
The continuity of past deep events is part of the problem facing those who wish to understand and correct what underlies them. For the mainstream U.S. media (as we now clearly see them) have become so implicated in past protective lies about Korea, Tonkin Gulf, and the JFK assassination that they, as well as the government, have now a demonstrated interest in preventing the truth about any of these events from coming out.
This means that the current threat to constitutional rights does not derive from the deep state alone. As I have written elsewhere, the problem is a global dominance mindset that prevails not only inside the Washington Beltway but also in the mainstream media and even in the universities, one which has come to accept recent inroads on constitutional liberties, and stigmatizes, or at least responds with silence to, those who are alarmed by them. Just as acceptance of bureaucratic groupthink is a necessary condition for advancement within the state, so acceptance of this mindset's notions of decorum has increasingly become a condition for participation in mainstream public life.
Update <3 hours later
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to send articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee for review.
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The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), already has before it articles of impeachment aimed at Vice President Dick Cheney. Since receiving that impeachment measure in November, the committee has done nothing.
Democratic leaders in the House seem determined to block the latest impeachment measure as well, and it remains all-but-impossible that the House would proceed with impeachment hearings before Bush leaves office.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sticking by her earlier pledge to make sure impeaching Bush and Cheney is an option that remains strictly “off the table.”
Samson June 11th, 2008 3:12 pm
Note how the Dem leadership is the force that is actively blocking any impeachment now. There is certainly a case that is worthy of at least the first step of investigative hearings. Its the Dem leadership that has publically promised back in 06 that there would absolutely no impeachment (regardless of evidence). Thus its the Dem leadership that’s been actively protecting Bush and Cheney for the last year and a half and making sure they finish out their terms.
And where is mention of any of this in the MSM?
Oh, but of course — that would be indecorous, wouldn't it?
Update: Next Day
Gore Vidal chimes in:
As I listened to Rep. Kucinich invoke the great engine of impeachment — he listed some 35 crimes by these two faithless officials — we heard, like great bells tolling, the voice of the Constitution itself speak out ringingly against those who had tried to destroy it.
Although this is the most important motion made in Congress in the 21st century, it was also the most significant plea for a restoration of the republic, which had been swept to one side by the mad antics of a president bent on great crime. And as I listened with awe to Kucinich, I realized that no newspaper in the U.S., no broadcast or cable network, would pay much notice to the fact that a highly respected member of Congress was asking for the president and vice president to be tried for crimes which were carefully listed by Kucinich in his articles requesting impeachment.
But then I have known for a long time that the media of the U.S. and too many of its elected officials give not a flying fuck for the welfare of this republic, and so I turned, as I often do, to the foreign press for a clear report of what has been going on in Congress.
And later, in the comments, this from davfin June 13th, 2008 2:16 am, who inquires incredulously:
I have always appreciated Vidal’s honesty and directness. This bit of writing genuinly shocied me though. From an Australian perspective, some Americans may be interested to know that I am genuinly shocied that the American media is THAT BAD!. Do you mean to tell me that there truly is little or NO coverage of these matters? How is America then a true democracy? Is this why Bush and co, not to mention the American Corporate culture are like they are; they can get away with it, corporate culture owning and controling so much of the media? Is America then a facist state?
Just think about it!
What's to think about? If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...