The dream that Ford ended
Posted by schroeder915 on January 3, 2007
The Ford epoch did not banish a nightmare. It ended a dream — the ideal of equal justice under the law that would extend to a crooked and venal president.
You see, it goes well beyond the Ford presidency. Once Ford pardoned Nixon, the nation didn’t have the stomach for another round of impeachment prospects when Reagan contravened United States law, negotiating with terrorists to finance death squads in Central America. It wasn’t until the Republicans had a shot at a Democratic president again that the Republicans (mistakenly) thought that the electorate could stomach a trumped-up impeachment. Now we’re stuck with a president who really needs to be impeached, but congressional Democrats don’t seem to have the will to do it.
It doesn’t matter to me what the electorate thinks. If you put a gun in the face of a store clerk and rob the till, you go to jail and pay the price. When you lie to the American people to whip up support for a unjustified war which kills thousands of Americans, and tens of thousands of Iraqis, while leaving the Taliban and al Qaeda to regroup, you deserve impeachment. Let the cards fall where they may. The Democrats might not hold a majority in the next round of elections if they impeach Bush. I don’t care. We can’t allow presidents to send Americans to their deaths for a lie. We ought to know by now that we’ll pay a debt one way or the other. At least let’s pay it now and get it over with before more Americans are savaged by the lack of justice.
Speaking of unspeakable acts which undermine justice and pave the way for more injustices, why did
we the Bush administration stop at just lynching Saddam? We They should have scalped him as a demonstration of the American form of justice under Bush’s war on terror.