Okay, and What Do We Do With This Information?

With apologies to the Dixie Chicks, it’s a sad, sad story when the first thought that pops into my head when I read that two out of three Americans do not think Bush should have commuted Libby’s sentence is: So?

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8 responses to “Okay, and What Do We Do With This Information?

  1. shen

    well, if we had a democracy……..

    muahahahahahahahaha!

  2. Kathy Kattenburg

    Exactly. But we don’t.

  3. And it’s going to become even less of a democracy if you don’t get up off your butts and do something about it very, very soon.

  4. We don’t have a democracy but we have a democratic republic, under which there is an understanding that elected officials will not pursue wildly unpopular policies.

    You may think that the American public is naive, but that revelation is still newsworthy. Rarely has any elected official so brazenly put self-interest ahead of what the public believes a just outcome should be.

    A lot of people are jaded to the abuse of the pardon power, but, like all things in government, even the pardon power is not absolute. At least it isn’t when stacked up against what the people wish. If the people cared enough, after all, they could storm the White House just as the French mob stormed Versailles. You may think that is unrealistic, but I think this decade is truly noteworthy for the extent to which the select group of rich people in positions of power have collectively mooned the desires and wishes of the population they are supposed to be serving.

    No government has more power than the people let it have.

  5. Arkades

    Mmmm. Wish I had some mint to go along with this nice peach…

  6. I know what you mean, Kathy.

    If we could get those 2 out of 3 Americans to all simultaneously write to their Congressional representatives, then maybe something would happen. But how the fuck to do that is beyond me, especially when there’s no guarantee they won’t be ignored.

  7. there’s no guarantee they won’t be ignored

    Actually, there’s pretty much a guarantee that they will be ignored, if my experience is anything to go by.

    Still, I soldier on. Even though I think the staffers in my Congresscritters’ offices draw straws to see who has to talk to me this time. 😉

  8. Kathy Kattenburg

    Melissa: If we could get those 2 out of 3 Americans to all simultaneously write to their Congressional representatives, then maybe something would happen. But how the fuck to do that is beyond me, especially when there’s no guarantee they won’t be ignored.

    Gentlewoman: Actually, there’s pretty much a guarantee that they will be ignored, if my experience is anything to go by.

    Right. That is my point, precisely. The question (largely a rhetorical one) that I was asking in my post was: “Why is it even significant, in any practical sense, that two of three Americans disapprove of Bush commuting Libby’s sentence? The question becomes: Okay, and NOW what? So what? It does not matter if all 300 million Americans parade up and down in front of the White House — Pres. Bush will still do exactly what he wants to do, and Congress will still let him. *Nothing* will change no matter how many laws or resolutions Congress passes or doesn’t pass. Impeachment is the ONLY course of action that will stop Bush and impeachment is not going to happen. I mean, literally. This president is impervious to any form or degree of pressure from anywhere outside his inner circle. He has to be impeached and then physically removed from office via armed security guards — that is the only way the policies will change.

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