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Our Poor, Lonely President. Pity Him. PITY HIM, NOW!

If you're ever looking for an opportunity to feel sorry for our Dear, Pitiful President, then have I got an article for you!

It starts off semi-unassumingly with the title, "A President Besieged and Isolated, Yet at Ease" but, unfortunately, it's all downhill from there.

The first page tells of his recent endeavors to find out why he is so hated, why things are going so wrong, WHY anything is the way it is. And, he does this by summoning intellectuals, 'experts', and what-not to the Oval Office, or the living rooms in the White House.

Over sodas and sparkling water, he asks his questions: What is the nature of good and evil in the post-Sept. 11 world? What lessons does history have for a president facing the turmoil I'm facing? How will history judge what we've done? Why does the rest of the world seem to hate America? Or is it just me they hate?

Just a thought...

For fear of sounding like "one of them," I've pretty much kept my mouth shut about what I fear may possibly happen in lieu of elections and new presidency. Now, look, I'm not saying this will happen; I'm not even saying it may happen. The chances of what I'm about to spew forth are minimal at best. Really, I'm not a freakin' conspiracy nut. The original fear flashed through my head like a bad thought about two years ago. I thought, "What if he managed to maintain the presidency somehow? Well, how would he go about doing it? There's a lot of speculation out there that 9/11 was an inside job, or at least allowed to happen for the sake of control." Well, look, I don't think that 9/11 is an inside job, but I also am fairly certain that a lot of information regarding that day was withheld, and will never come to light. That being said, I imagine you're wondering what the hell this post is about. Ok, so check out this article: Sources here and here. Knowing the lies we've been told; knowing what we know (or knowing what we don't know) now, is it so unfeasible that somehow there will be another Terror Plot? There's two ways I can see it going down:

Bush may be facing "Contempt of Congress"

Source.

No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced Thursday that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents and testimony by prominent former officials that would likely confirm this White House's reckless disregard for the rule of law.

What was surprising, and encouraging, was the decisiveness with which key players in Congress responded.

After the White House asserted executive privilege in rejecting subpoenas issued by the House and Senate Judiciary committees as part of the ongoing probe of abuses within the Department of Justice, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers wasted no time expressing his sense that a Contempt of Congress citation is in order.

"The President's response to our subpoena shows an appalling disregard for the right of the people to know what is going on in their government," explained Conyers, a Michigan Democrat who is the only Judiciary Committee to have participated in the fight between Congress and the Nixon White House for Watergate-related documents. "At this point, I see only one choice in moving forward, and that is to enforce the rule of law set forth in these subpoenas."

Well, I have to say: It's about damn time. They should have issued a Contempt of Congress citation when he first got elected, because that's all he's shown them in the last 6 years.

Bush defies congressional subpoenas - could impeachment be next?

Today, the White House announced that they would not be complying with the subpoenas coming from the House and Senate, citing "Executive Privilege" and the Writ of Douchebaggery. This will eventually go to court, and probably won't be resolved until Bush is out of office.

However, if the House of Representatives were to initiate impeachment hearings, the Bush Administration would not be able claim executive privilege. Could it actually happen? Chairman Conyers had this to say:

"The charges alleged in this investigation are serious – including obstruction of justice and misleading Congress – and the White House should be as committed to this investigation as the Congress. At this point, I see only one choice in moving forward, and that is to enforce the rule of law set forth in these subpoenas."

Though we don't have the votes to convict Bush in the Senate, I believe that could change very quickly for a few reasons:

  • Impeachment hearings will dominate news coverage worldwide, and more people will be paying attention to the case for impeachment.
  • Once Congress has the documents proving that Bush broke the law and purposefully misled the public, public support for his removal - already over 50% - will go up even higher.
  • Bush's current approval rating is already down to 26%, and Republican senators up for re-election next year are already under pressure to distance themselves from Bush.

Soldier in Iraq puts himself at great personal risk by refusing combat mission.

Tell who you can. Let your neighbors, friends, and enemies know. Because this guy has the biggest balls of anyone. Ever.

Yesterday, Eli Israel refused to be a combatant in Iraq any longer.

Here's what he wrote to one of his friends back home:

I have told them that I will no longer play a ‘combat role’ in this conflict or ‘protect corporate representatives,’ and they have taken this as ‘violating a direct order.’ I may be in jail or worse in the next 24 hours.

Please rally whoever you can, call whoever you can, bring as much attention to this as you can. I have no doubt that the military will bury me and hide the whole situation if they can. I'm in big trouble. I'm in the middle of Iraq, surrounded by people who are not on my side. Please help me. Please contact whoever you can, and tell them who I am, so I don't ‘disappear.’

He stood up for something he deeply believes (believed?) in. I mean, granted; He's in the army and his life is not his own until he gets out.
But the bravery and awe-inspiring courage he exhibited with this one simple action, with one simple word, "No." No I will not fight this terrible, unjust war for you any longer. Against a mighty oppressor is something truly amazing, and most definitely rare.

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