Supreme Court ruling on June 30th that declared the
Bush administration action in Guantanamo a violation of both
the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions
has now set the stage for the impeachment of George W. Bush
and Dick Cheney. At a meeting in Raleigh that night, I co-appeared
with Al McSurley — a veteran civil rights attorney, who
reads these tea leaves as well as anyone I know.
class is recognizing that the Bush administration has become
an albatross, and this is a clear signal from the judiciary
that appointed then in the first place that they have become
a political liability. The repeated criticisms from Republican
Arlen Specter are also an indication. The fear among Republicans
that the Democrats might win the House and award the House Judiciary
Committee to Representative John Conyers, who is openly calling
for impeachment, is palpable. Many Republicans are already eyeing
likely be a move to draft John McCain into the presidential
contender slot as a way of disavowing the black-shirted edge
given the Party’s image by the neocons.
In the interim,
this is a window of opportunity that may open wider as more
scandals come to the surface over the next four months.
California is actually hosting a referendum on impeachment,
and other small cities have already passed resolutions.
means, in short-range tactical terms, is that there is now an
opportunity to build a movement to turn the 2006 elections into
a referendum on the entire Bush presidency… and this necessarily
includes the war.
know me know that I am the last person out there to encourage
tailing Democrats as a principle. But I am also opposed to the
kind of ultra-leftism that cannot see tactical opportunities
out of some presumed purity. There is a real possibility to
build a very broad movement between now and November 8th that
targets state capitol newspaper editorial boards (which local
television and radio news inevitably follow) and uses its movement
visibility to educate the public on the kinds of crimes that
have been committed by the Bush administration.
of anti-war forces generally and progressive Democrats, as well
as women’s groups, African-American groups, and Hispano-Latina
groups, have immense potential to break through this fissure
and exploit it. Success in this would create the kind of oxygen
bolus that was created for the period during and immediately
after the Watergate hearings in 1973.
If we can
make this happen, there is no doubt that the Democratic Leadership
Council and others will try to conceal the systemic roots of
our issues, but that is the next phase of this struggle…
overcoming that. First, we need an impeachment movement. Be
assured that the ruling class will not let this get to the point
of an actual impeachment and conviction.
editorial boards to cover actual crimes of the Bush administration.
referenda or resolutions for impeachment.
is weak here… PUSH!