Okay, so it's a week before the election, when we finally certify that we're getting rid of the current regime. So why would I bring up impeachment, right?
Because it's not enough to simply kick these assholes out of office legitimately. These bastards need to be perp-walked, frog-marched and spend a large portion of the rest of their lives in prison — and I don't mean a federal country club prison, with a golf course and 500 channels of cable TV. I mean Supermax.
One of the first things President Obama should do, if indeed he wins, is to order an investigation and an audit, so that we can figure out exactly what happened during these last eight years. And everyone who committed a crime should be sent to jail for a very long time. We may have to build a new prison for that many people, but hey; we can call Joe Arpaio down in Arizona, and he can tell us how to treat these hardened criminals, eh?
But there's a catch.
See, George W. Bush is still president, which means he has the power to pardon any criminal he chooses. And since Ford was able to do it, apparently, it's possible to pardon criminals who haven't been convicted of a crime as yet. Therefore, it's possible that Bush will likely give a blanket pardon to all of the major players in his Administration, thus preventing them from cooperating with investigators, which means we can't send them to prison, but we also can't find out what happened, and prevent it from ever happening again.
We are dealing with the most corrupt administration in history, folks; there is no doubt about it. They spy on us, they out covert CIA agents, and they torture prisoners, and that's worth at least some jail time. But in addition to that, have you ever actually thought about the trillions of dollars going into the black hole that is Iraq? Given the condition of the country,where exactly has that money been going? That's your child's tax money; don't you think your child has a right to know how that money was spent, or pocketed?
And I'm sorry, but I refuse to believe that no one in the Bush Administration had any idea the economy was about to collapse. That should be investigated, as well.
But how can we do this? How can we investigate everything, and throw everyone in jail who needs to be in jail, if Bush is going to pardon them?
Simple. impeach Bush, and name everyone in his administration as a witness.
Check this out. It's from a little "piece of paper" that we call the Constitution, and which Bush has used to wipe his ass for eight years, Article II, Section 2:
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United
States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual
Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the
principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject
relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to
Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in
Cases of Impeachment.
Isn't that great? It was on the piece that was stuck to Bush's shoe the last time he went to the bathroom. I bet he's never read it.
Okay, so this is what we do. The first day back, after the election recess, the House should pass Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney (can we add Scalia to that, as well, just because he should have been impeached a long time ago?) for crimes against the United States. We should also schedule an impeachment trial, and officially impeach the bastards, even if it means Nancy Pelosi has to become acting president for a few days.
That will prevent the pardoning of anyone having anything to do with the Bush Administration, and assure the rest of us of at least some measure of justice. Besides, should a group of people who have abused their office to the point that Bush and Cheney have, be able to skulk off, without a punishment of any kind?
And even if you don't believe that it's necessary to punish these people, you have to agree that we must get at the bottom of what happened the last eight years, if only to create rules, to make sure it never happens again.
If Congress passes one article of impeachment, there can be no pardons. Without that, Bush can pardon himself, Cheney, and every other member of his administration, past and present, and none of them will ever have to face an investigation.
We cannot let that happen.