Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Am I missing something here?

Nowadays, it seems, anybody who isn't insane is obliged to appear deranged by ranting furiously about the obvious.

Based on information fully on the public record, including sworn testimony before a grand jury, a criminal trial jury, and Congress, as well as information widely reported in the news media, the putative President of the United States, his chief of staff, and the Vice President, are traitors. They betrayed the country to its enemies, in what they themselves declared to be a time of war, in order to gain political advantage -- specifically, the political advantage of not being held to account for a campaign of lies to the American people, the Congress, and the world, for the purpose of launching an illegal war of aggression, which is officially considered a crime against humanity.

Yesterday's congressional hearings on this matter merited a story starting on the lower right-hand corner of the front page of the Boston Globe, which is progress, since previous coverage has generally been on page A-17. The coverage on NBC news featured a Republican member of Congress accusing Valerie Plame Wilson of being a Democrat, a fact which, being under oath and all, she was forced to acknowledge. So obvious she just decided to be an undercover CIA agent tracking nuclear weapons programs in Iran and get her cover blown by Karl Rove in order to embarrass the Republican Party. It's all a plot after all.

I shouldn't even bother to add that the so-called president promised a thorough investigation when this first happened and that he would fire anybody involved. Of course there was no investigation, and he has yet to fire himself. But that doesn't seem to be a problem either. Oh, did I mention that the DOJ ordered U.S. Attorneys to undertake malicious prosecutions in order to rig elections, and fired the ones who refused? Well, that's only a minor point.

Now, I realize that life must go on and we probably can't expect everybody to drop whatever else they are doing and descend on the White House with torches and pitchforks. But maybe we should. In this circumstance, we don't have to worry about how to define High Crimes and Misdemeanors, because the Constitution specifically names treason as grounds for impeachment. But that's off the table because there is no fellatio involved. Look, this situation has evolved to the point where I'm starting to question my own sanity. How can it continue? Richard Nixon was properly impeached and forced to resign, and his crimes pale in comparison to these. What the hell is wrong with us?

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