If Bush-Cheney Can’t Be Impeached, Nobody Can

If the Democrats don’t even make an effort to impeach George Bush or Dick Cheney before these criminals’ terms are up, then no president of the United States will ever face punishment for crimes against his own people or humanity at-large. So said David Swanson, of the Internet treasure trove of impeachment information, AfterDowningStreet.org.

Swanson was speaking at a discussion of impeachment at the Take Back America Conference, in Washington, earlier this week. Swanson presented an encyclopaedic list of 12 categories of impeachable crimes committed by the Bush regime – not 12 crimes, but 12 whole categories of crimes, each containing many separate instances and counts of crimes, any one of which is enough to send Bush and Cheney back where they came from before January, 2009. Taken together, the list shows there is no rule of law in the United States – that Bush has effectively destroyed the Constitution as a barrier to executive dictatorship. If laws can be broken at will, there is no law. Congress may as well stop enacting them, and go home, themselves.

That goes for the Congressional Black Caucus as an institution, as well. At least 40 of the 42 Black members of the House of Representatives should be co-sponsors of a measure to impeach Dick Cheney – but only four have signed on. What are they afraid of? Huge majorities of African Americans would have voted to impeach George Bush before he was even sworn in, in January, 2001, for having stolen the 2000 election. He did it again, in 2004, committing myriad crimes in the process. And he was still at it, this year, firing his own Republican U.S. attorneys for not being vigorous enough in systematically suppressing the voting rights of Blacks and Latinos – in preparation for Republican theft of the election in 2008. Yet only four Black congresspersons have signed on for impeachment.

They fear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi more than they respect the will of their own constituents, who would endorse impeachment in an instant. Pelosi says impeachment will remain “off the table” – meaning the rule of law is off the table. Pelosi’s defenders, including Black lawmakers, say there’s not enough time left in Bush’s and Cheney’s terms to bother with impeaching them. That’s a lie that flies in the face of history. Richard Nixon’s impeachment proceedings took only three months, after which he resigned in disgrace. It took only four months for Bill Clinton to go through the entire process, and be acquitted. The Democrats have been in the majority in the House and Senate for five months, and have not raised a finger to defend the rule of law.

Impeachment, like all criminal processes, is designed not just to punish current lawbreakers, but to prevent future criminality. George Bush and his gang have been running a massive criminal enterprise for more than six years, effectively nullifying the Constitution. The Constitution does not automatically come back to life after the two top criminals leave. It must be enforced, or it is just an old, moldy piece of paper. The question is not whether there is time to impeach Bush and Cheney, but whether there is time to rescue the rule of law – domestic and international.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford.

This article was first published at The Black Agenda Report

Glen Ford is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, where this article first appeared. He can be contacted at: Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com. Read other articles by Glen, or visit Glen's website.

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  1. t gorman said on June 22nd, 2007 at 5:46pm #

    According to a new ‘Fact Sheet’ from Rep. Henry Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: ‘An Executive Order issued by President Bush in November 2001 provided the Vice President(Dick Cheney) with the authority to conceal his activities long after he leaves office. Executive Order 13233 took the unprecedented step of authorizing former Vice Presidents to assert privilege over their own vice presidential records, preventing them from being released publicly.’ Notice this Executive order came right after 911. Connect the dots.

  2. If Bush-Cheney Can’t Be Impeached, Nobody Can « Suzie-Q said on June 23rd, 2007 at 2:47am #

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  3. PIZZED said on June 23rd, 2007 at 1:49pm #

    Looks like what we ALL need to do is to vote for the “NO-Party” Party http://www.unity08 and replace EVERY politician… We have a LOT of work to do to restore our Constitution, our Laws, our judicial system and to clean the slime out of EVERY PART of our government (they have been embedding as many of their fascist bootlickers in every agency and department)
    2007 PROVES that what we have is a ONE-PARTY system, NOT a “two party” system…. nothing makes that more certain than PELOSI- the AIPAC-pet!!
    Do NOT forget that UNLESS WE REPLACE ALL THE SLIMEBALL POLITICIANS it won’t matter WHO is the next President!!

    I recommend the Unity ’08 idea BECAUSE any existing party is tainted by the existing status quo… and likely to have at least some CORPORATE strings attached. Starting clean, building all from the grass up —- is the way to go! We COULD begin by ending the “auctioning-off” of Public Offices! IF we would ALL stick together and make it work, there’d be NO ‘NEED’ to raise millions of dollars for candidates!!
    …and wouldn’t it be nice if Unity ’08 ran Bloomberg!? His MONEY makes him FREE —- free of being bought by CORPORATIONS!! What a heaven-sent breath of fresh air THAT would be in our fight to restore America !!!

    …………….think about it!

  4. bill rowe said on June 23rd, 2007 at 9:42pm #

    It starts locally. You need to make publicly known your stance(s), and that you adamantly oppose the contrary views of all those personal “friends”, associates, and relatives who (knowingly ,or ignorantly) endorse our fascist government. You have to make it personal. Americans seem to want to separate “politics” from their social relationships. I make known I don’t want any “friends” that endorse fascist foreign policies that kill millions of people and impoverish missions more to support our imperialistic non-sustainable lifestyle…

  5. Of Puppets, Puppeteers And Regencies « Suzie-Q said on June 26th, 2007 at 12:08pm #

    […] impeachment – not doing so would increase the bar of minimal requirements for impeachment so high, no one will ever be impeached. There can be no excuses here, folks. The same result will happen if representatives and the People […]

  6. The OURUS*: Interregnum Or Fait Accompli? « Suzie-Q said on June 28th, 2007 at 3:11pm #

    […] hand, not impeaching Cheney would increase the bar of minimal requirements for impeachment so high, no one will ever be impeached. The same result will happen if representatives and the People simply “wait out” the […]

  7. jo said on August 10th, 2007 at 7:52pm #

    are “executive orders” even in the US constitution?
    not that any of them ever adhere to that “piece of paper” as W called it.

  8. Andus Brandt said on September 13th, 2007 at 7:51am #

    Impeachment papers have been processed (by Dennis Kucinich). Now it is imperative to get more people to endorse. The question of time is bogus. There just needs to be a steady increase in supporters who actually listen to the will of the people.