See, Here’s the Thing

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I have no answers here, so if you are looking for answers, this is not a good essay to read.

See, here’s the thing.  We have a Presidential election campaign going on.  It’s probably a good thing to pay attention to what’s happening there, yep.  After all, one of these folks is going to gain an enormous amount of power in November of 2008.

No question, attention should be paid.

But see, here’s the thing.  I’ve written reams about how not impeaching Bush and Cheney and their gang of criminals will have real consequences.  And I believe we are facing one of those many consequences.

As I am writing this, Bush, Cheney and their gang are breaking the law.  Nor will they stop breaking the law.  We all know this, it’s no secret.

Now here’s the thing about crooks and their gangs.  They operate best when no one is paying attention.  Hell, you could be a very unskillful and even stone stupid crook, but if no one is watching the store, you’ll still be able to grab and run away with a whole lot of merchandise, no?

So the more we pay attention to what’s happening with the election, the more we pay attention to the things most of us would, in normal times, pay attention to, we are at the same time giving cover to the criminality of the present gang of crooks now in power in our country.

And there’s no way around this.  For the next year, the opportunities for Bush and Cheney and their gang to continue to break the law, perform crimes that will cause the deaths of folks around the world will increase, because less people will be paying attention.

And that’s because impeachment has been taken off the table.

Now perhaps, it is only that I’m stupid.  Perhaps most other Americans can easily watch the progress of the campaigns and pay attention to the crimes of the Bush misAdministration at the same time.  Perhaps it’s just that I am limited that way and can’t do it.  Because I can’t.

I’m not unaffected by what’s going on with our Democratic candidates for President, nor am I unaffected by many other candidacies around the country — just to name a few, I support Gilda Reed, John Laesch, Barry Welch, and that’s just a tiny few of the folks running for office who I admire and am happy to know about.

So I can’t pretend I won’t be affected by the consequences of not impeaching this misAdministration.  I will also be distracted and bemused and during those times of inattention the crimes will continue.  I won’t be any different than any other American.  I will suffer these consequences, too.

We should be able to look forward, to try to see answers to the problems facing our country.  In a sane world, we’d write happily and undistractedly about the primaries and the candidates and discuss how we can help as citizens.

But every time we do that, every time we look forward, in real time a crime of national proportions is going on.  Every time we turn away from that, the criminals receive more cover to commit their crimes.

As I said, I have no answer to this nor do I think I will be immune to it more than anyone else.

It’s just that there are consequences to not having put impeachment on the table.  And I am experiencing one of those consequences and just thinking outloud about it.

(An Aside:  If I could, I’d make it so that this campaign season was sober and even grim, in both style, substance, and national discussion.  That would be a realistic response to what has happened in this country.  But even at my most delusional, I know that would be impossible in today’s world — Bush, Cheney and their gang of criminals have far too many accomplices, both witting and unwitting.  I am sick and tired of being an unwitting accomplice.)

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  1. Somehow these bastages will account for their crimes.  I don’t know how, but they will.

    In the meantime, I’ll just do the best I can.

    Thanks, Nancy.  Thanks, Harry.  Thanks to all of my fearless leaders.

    • Alma on January 7, 2008 at 2:10 am

    If you are, then I must be too. And I bet a lot of others here.  It all just boggles the mind.

    I agree with the whole kit and kaboodle you wrote, even right down to your last thoughts in parenthesis.

  2. I needed this reminder.

    • nocatz on January 7, 2008 at 2:26 am

    check out Greyhawks “Rock solid”….we might still bomb Iran.  

  3. According to CNN:

    Two days before New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, Sen. Barack Obama has opened a double-digit lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in that state, a new CNN-WMUR poll found Sunday.

    Obama, the first-term senator from Illinois who won last week’s Iowa caucuses, led the New York senator and former first lady 39 percent to 29 percent in a poll conducted Saturday and Sunday — a sharp change from a poll out Saturday that showed the Democratic front-runners tied at 33 percent.

  4. you’re right about watching 1 thing and not the other things.

    Maybe that’s why I like it here at docuD: the content is still mostly about things other than the primaries. I’m happy about that because (1) I don’t really care about electoral politics and will dutifully vote for anybody who gets the nomination who is not a republican, and (2) I don’t believe most of what the candidates say while they’re running for election, so I don’t get excited by them.  Frankly, I’m watching the cash register while everybody else is out arguing.

    • robodd on January 7, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Two of our nominees have leadership positions in the senate.  They have the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone:  bring about “change” by moving forward on impeachment.  They have not done so.  Perhaps someone should ask why.

  5. having so many GREAT essays I want to promote but having no room!

    Oh wait, no it doesn’t!

  6. is the mindless heat generated from the avid candidate supporters. It is exactly how the naked chimp got elected and worse excepted as a real pres. Have they got amnesia? They have just blocked out the horror show and are proceeding to ignore the reality, past, present and most of all political.  

    • Nordic on January 7, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Over the sound of everyone fighting about whether or not Edwards or Obama is going to Save The World!   It’s so loud in here!!

    I agree completely.  This bullshit is pure “bread and circuses” especially the way it’s treated by the MSM (and by the Junior High crowd over at Dailykos).  

    There could be a gang of theives robbing us blind right now and we’d never even know about it ….. DOH!!

  7. wearing a Nobel Peace Prize.

    There in lies your answer.

  8. When they ascend to power next year, they plan to use ’em.

    Two parties, one corporate master.  Neoliberalism unto death.

    Quit the economic system — cut them off at the roots.  Localize production; localize consumption.

    Oh yeah, and — vote for Dennis.

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