It really is true that if you Google for "Impeach Bush," you get 42,000 hits, actually I just got 42,600. There's a lot of impeaching sentiment out there, but where will it take us?
I predict not very far. Nothing takes us very far. There's that damnable thing of the cut-off between the Beltway and the people, between the White House and the truth, between the media and any residual sense of the commonweal. We are living now in a total cultural slum with no effective communication between slum lords and slum dwellers.
Some features of the slum: ubiquitous pornography, not just on the Internet but at church and in the mall as the slender young ladies (and some not so slender) prance down the aisles with midriff bared and breasts haltered for maximum effect; horrible "music" that nobody listens to, it's just unpleasant noise in the background, it seems, everywhere restaurants, doctors' offices, gyms, "hold" on telephone lines, etc.; home-delivered newspapers that bring the paper boys and the citizens up to date on the latest permissions on sodomy how eagerly everyone waited for that indication of what's OK from the Nine Buzzards in Black (I always think of the Nazguls when I read about SCOTUS); raw political and military power lawless power used to destroy a nation that was no threat to us; an economy more or less in the tank on what appears a permanent basis, thanks largely to federal interventions and federal phony money games that are always the wrong thing; the Blob in D.C. swelling and heaving and emitting gross gasses while sucking into itself more and more of the substance of the citizenry; nearly everyone (excepting maybe those 42,600 websites) dead asleep to the fact It Is Happening Here. Don't ask for whom the bell tolls, baby, it's got our name on it. It's playing our tune.
Out of this the will and tactic is to emerge to impeach Bush? I doubt it. We know that all governments study to manage their peoples. We know in particular that the governments of the "developed" nations have, since World War II, invested heavily in techniques of psychological warfare against their own subjects. We know that the media and the Bushies are in close league. We know the big oil and munitions corporations are standing by with buckets to catch the cash as it flows their way from any and all wars. We know the taxpayers are subjected to a laser stream of hypnotic messages about things they can buy to achieve physical and psychic fulfillment, and told not to fret themselves over things they can't possibly understand, such as the need to permanently occupy Iraq, send billions to Israel, and stash our troops all over the world, despite the fact that the world increasingly would like them all to go the hell home. And so on. I weary as I try to recite this stuff.
None of this of course is the result of a conspiracy. OK, then let me just say that it looks planned. I see no way all this awful stuff could be going on if it were not being sedulously pushed, financed, and coordinated. We now know the recent war was a put-up job, just as so many of us suspected before it happened. What makes you think the sodomy decision, that further power grab by the Malignant Nine, is not just another item in a deliberate destabilization campaign that meets with huzzahs of approval in the highest places? It was an accident? It just came out that way, the way you toss a coin? The court was going to turn down a chance to void a state law and insert itself as Ultimate Ruler? If you think that, then I have a bridge to sell you. Ditto for the Michigan race preference case. All of it wretched bad law that serves some agendas but not yours and mine, not if you are reading this.
Of course if we could succeed in impeaching Bush, another World Conquering Hero would emerge to take his place and probably prove him or herself worse, on the principal that you have flown from the devil you know to the devil you know not of. Hillary anyone? Jefferson was right; we have gone way too long without another Declaration, another Tea Party, another brave stand by the Minutemen. Perhaps we're not up to it anymore, but I refuse to think that. I have great faith still in my countrymen, bamboozled and bedazzled as I hold them now to be. At some point they will get their backs up I think that will finally happen when they see that the present manipulators mean them and their families dire harm right here at home, in their workplaces and playplaces and domiciles. Then I think the stand will be made.
Meanwhile, I cast one vote: impeach Bush.
June 30, 2003