Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Real Hero, Again

George McGovern was the first man I voted for to be president.

He lost the 1972 election to a hateful, arrogant, and criminal incumbent. Richard Nixon was not a nice man. He later resigned because men of conscience were still in government, and they were going to impeach him. Some of those men were even Republicans.

Gone are the days. Just like today, the nation was fighting a very unpopular war that was both unjust and none of our business. The country was divided into true believers of the president and the war, and those who saw no sense in continuing the slaughter. Also similar to our recent history, a veteran who knew the horrors of war thought the quagmire needed to end and ran for president. McGovern, a B-24 pilot in World War II, ran for the presidency to restore both peace and moral standing to our country.

Americans were told by Nixon to be afraid of Communism and crime and drugs and hippies. He was a racist, and played his “Southern Strategy” to gain the votes from white Southerners who were fearful and angry over the civil rights movement. He lied about having a secret plan. He pledged to bring an “honorable end” to the war. Voters believed their “War President”. Nixon went on behaving as if his bunch were above the law. This was a man who said, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”.

There seems to be a lot of that thinking going around lately.

There is also a lot of thinking going on about impeachment, too. You’d never know it from watching TV news or reading corporate print media. The federal government is far more infected with powerful corporate influence than it was in 1972. Nixon would be called a liberal by today’s bought-and-paid-for Washington. The Constitution takes a back seat to politics and power, even in the so-called opposition party.

Shamefully, there are pathetically few politicians with a conscience these days. Very few are willing to call for the Constitutional mechanism designed to address the corrupt and criminal acts of Bush, Cheney and company.

The politicians are betraying the very soul of our nation and violating their sworn oaths to protect the Constitution. They are weak willed enablers of the destruction of our nation’s founding principles.

Citizens, on the other hand, are more aware than politicians imagine. Politicians cannot, or will not face the fact that over half the people in the country want Cheney and Bush investigated for impeachment.

There have been a few brave representatives signing on to Kucinich’s impeachment resolution for Cheney. Far too few. Where is the voice in the wilderness to inspire this miserable dysfunctional government?

Maybe it will be George McGovern. He was a real hero for his bravery in the Second World War. He is once again a hero. He is calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney in today’s Washington Post. Please read it and pass it on.

Impeach George W. Bush

Now the question is, who will listen to a man who once defended our country from fascism. Who will defend this country from fascism today?


jmsjoin said...

That's funny dave, that is so true. this is odd but he is part of my story today.
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This is only a small reason why we George McGovern is right but this is never mentioned. Why? George McGovern, the Democratic Party's 1972 nominee for president, is calling on Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. And in an editorial in Sunday's Washington Post, McGovern writes the case for impeaching the current president is "far stronger" than the case made against former President Richard Nixon — the man who soundly defeated McGovern in the general election match up. "Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses," McGovern writes. "They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time.

"Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world," he continued. McGovern, a former three-term senator who ran for president on a fiercely anti-war platform, also called the administration's policy in Iraq a "a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war" in violation of international law. "This reckless disregard for life and property, as well as constitutional law, has been accompanied by the abuse of prisoners, including systematic torture, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949," he added. But McGovern acknowledged there is little bipartisan support for an impeachment effort, blaming "superficial partisanship" among Republicans, and a "a lack of courage and statesmanship on the part of too many Democratic politicians." George McGovern,impeach Bush and Cheney now

Charles D said...

I too was a McGovern supporter, and it's been a long time since a candidate I supported won the election. Why is that? Why is it that the candidates who really stand for change and whose policy positions are supported by a majority of Americans always end up losing elections?

Obviously something is desperately wrong with our democracy (I use the term loosely). Yes, we need to remove corporate money from the system - preferably by a Constitutional amendment that makes it clear that our rights are for citizens, not artificial legal entities. Yes, we need to impeach Cheney and Bush or at the very least launch criminal investigations of their conduct on January 20,2009.

We won't. That's the sad part. Most Americans will just rejoice that the political ads are off the TV. The degree of concerted, coordinated, aggressive effort required to return this nation to the rule of law is just not feasible. Sorry to be so pessimistic, but I gotta be real.

Anok said...

Who will?

We must.

The pockets in Washington run so deep, and are so laden with golden promises that I am afraid we can no longer count on anyone in the system to create change, to initiate the kind of promise we need.

Thus, it is up to us to act.

Nice blog, thank Jim for sending me over. (Geez, I feel like I'm following you around tonight LOL)

Dave Dubya said...

DL and Anok -

Thanks for stopping by.

I've always said there are two fatal flaws in our government. The first and worst is the Republican Party, with the second being the Democratic Party.

The former being totally corporate bought and the latter half bought, to be generous.

We see the horrible imbalance when at least half the corporate D's are voting with the R's. What it breaks down to is a congress with half republicans, a quarter rebublicrats and a quarter democrats.

Democrats don't stand a chance without a massive citizens' revolution that infuses the party with people dedicated to representing the public interest.

Unfortunatley, this requires a population awake enough to vote their own interests more than they vote for an American idol.

What will wake them up? Let's hope it won't be anything worse than another depression. That's what it took last time in the 30's. It also took a president willing to be called a "traitor to his class".

This time we may have martial law with troops kicking in our doors. It is exactly what they are getting on-the-job-training for now.

By then it will be too late.

Anok said...

What are your thoughts about Bloomberg's plan for a tripartisan country? He's really talking up a storm from what I can see about getting real recognition for a third, independent party.

I'm interested by it, although I'm not convinced it'll work. Maybe at first, but everyone is susceptible to corruption and corporate buying, as it were. Perhaps a total revamp of the system is in order.

Dave Dubya said...

Yes, SOMETHING has got to change. I'd like to think a third party could actually become functional. Even if it is started by a billionaire.

It can only work to the degree of the support that can be gained behind it. Maybe if they could adopt a platform with no corporate or lobby money. This would require a large membership. I think the numbers are there, but the leadership is not.

I don't mind rich guys in politics as long it's an effort to give back a little, instead of exploiting the game for more power and wealth. We hope it's possible to include wealthy people in a mass movement dedicated to the public good.

Larry said...

At least McGovern has the guts to speak out and call for impeachment, while those marvelous elected leaders Pelosi and Reid haven't the spine of a flea.

Dave Dubya said...

Yes, Larry,

Reid and Pelosi are doing essentially the same thing as Lott and Hastert did. Throwing away an entire branch of government into a useless and paralyzed entity, meekly amd shamefully doing the dictator's bidding. I hope they at least get to carve their initials into the same old rubberstamp.

I guess if I was earning minimum wage I'd like them more. Too bad most minimum wage earners are too young, indifferent, or just don't have the time to pay attention to vote.

Geezer Power said...

One of my old friends, Chuck from DC, who worked on my survey crew, used to party with McGoverns kids in the 1960's. He said that he met McGovern, a regular guy, and that there were some cool happenings at his place.

I wasn't into politics much in those days, but I did make sure to vote against Nixon. One of my classmates, Murray Nixon, was Tricky Dicks cousin. This was in the 1950's before Dick was erected. I didn't like him either.

Anyone making over $50,000 a year is rich by my standards, so I doubt that we will ever have a poor president unless we make it a voluntary position.

I agree on Reid and Pelosi,but doesn't anybody detest Steney Hoyer anymore...(:

Dave Dubya said...

Always nice to have a fellow geezer around. I must visit your blog.