Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Political Idiot: A Simplist's Minimal Rant

That's right, I'm a political idiot. No, not political idiot savant... just a political idiot. OK, not really, I'm more of a political simplist. I have the ability to separate issues with political figures. It's similar to how you can be friends with someone, and still disagree with some of their beliefs and opinions... you can even be disappointed in them from time to time, but they are still your friend because you realize that while you disagree on many things, there are other things about them that you think are great. They share some similarities with you. I'm probably giving too much leeway in comparing politicians to the relationships we have with friends, but it works. To a point.

At some point in time, those you considered friends once are just too far gone to be worthwhile. A relationship is over, and you have to draw a line in the sand. Tell them why you're unhappy. Give them a chance to explain. If they lie, present them with the truth as you know it, and back it up. Then enact a consequence: shape up or the friendship is over. Cut off communication, if necessary. Of course, when it's a political figure like, say, the Vice President of the United States of America (who is arguably the most powerful man in the country, at the moment, considering who the President is) you have to shout a bit louder and make the break-up a bit more public. The consequences must be a bit tougher, because in this world we live in, we tend to hold our politicians to higher standards than we hold ourselves and our friends. It's a dangerous world we live in, being made more dangerous by idiots. Poking the religious political zealot terrorist, who happens to have a bomb taped to his chest, might be fun in theory but all it really does is piss him off and riles up the bees nest, getting the rest of the people in the vicinity killed. And when he goes up in ashes and fire, his fellow fanatical political zealot terrorist buddies blame us for his death because we shouldn't have poked the nest with a big fat stick. Then they strap more bombs to more buddies and go for a poke. No, not the fun kind.

Now, that said, you probably see where this rant is going. Cheney is a big bully with a really big stick. Maybe he's compensating for a shortcoming elsewhere, but a bully with a stick and a pack of lies is still a just a bully with a big stick. And he's stirring up the bees nest, poking that big ugly stick. Hence, Big Dick Cheney = True Political Idiot.


Over the weekend, the American Research Group asked 1,100 people a simple question: “Do you favor or oppose the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney?” And 54% said they did.1

There are plenty of reasons not to impeach the Vice President -- "it would be a diversion of energy", "divisive", "would never succeed," etc. But those are tactical debates for pundits. As citizens we have a more important responsibility. You know that Mr. Cheney misled the American people and the Congress, and twisted the nation's intelligence services, to get our nation into an unprovoked war.If you think those acts amount to "high crimes," you should sign the petition and tell your Representative.


Robert Greenwald at BraveNew films has summarized the case against Mr. Cheney in a damning 3 1/2 minute video. It was already the most-viewed video on YouTube last weekend -- watch it, and tell your friends about it, to keep this message spreading.

Impeachment is a serious matter. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this, and believe that now is the right time to act. Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333)2 have already been drafted and submitted to the House Judiciary Committee. Now it’s up to Congress to decide whether or not to move forward. The Articles of Impeachment laid out in H. Res. 333 are as follows:

I. The Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the U.S. Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests.

II. The Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda in order to justify the use of the U.S. Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests.

III. In his conduct while Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of Vice President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, and done so with the United State’s proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security of the United States.3

We’re at an important moment in American history. For if we don't take action in light of the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ committed by Vice President Cheney, we might as well throw the constitution away. That’s why now’s the time for Congress to act and move forward with articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney.

So sign the petition today.

Matt, Ben H., Darcy, Chris & Ben K.The TrueMajority Team

P.S. More information about Mr. Cheney's legacy: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/cheney/
1. http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/

2. “H. Res. 333,” April 24, 2007.

3. “Synopsis of Articles of Impeachment Against Vice President Richard B. Cheney

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