Sunday, July 17, 2005

As George W. Bush once said, Let's "Bring 'Em On!"

I read an inspiring diary on Daily Kos this morning, entitled Be Unreasonable. This diary echoes completely the sentiments of my recent post, A Glimmer of Hope: This represents our best chance since the failed 2000 election to restore civility, respect and honor to American political discourse, and eventually, the Whitehouse.

This is not a partisan issue, folks -- The Bush Administration has demonstrated blatant abuse of power continuously since stepping into the Whitehouse, and it must be stopped. We are at a tipping point on the scale - As John Stewart recently quipped: "It's like we've secretly replaced the Whitehouse Press Corps with actual reporters". We must speak with a united voice, and break through all of the hypocrisy, noise, and tired and irrelevant excuses spread by the RNC talking points and the Republican Noise Machine. As liberals, progressives, and traditional conservatives with any shred of dignity remaining, we must seize the moment, as this is our opportunity - the reign of terror and deceit of the Bush Administration must come to an end.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.

The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.

Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

-George Bernard Shaw

When it comes down to it folks, the major players in the Bush Administration are all criminals. There are numerous charges that could be brought against those ultimately found responsible for the Plame Leak, and ultimately, an illegal war. For one, it is a crime to make false statements to congress, under the false statements statute. Ultimately, the entire administration should be brought under charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, with Bush named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

But, first, we must win the battle in the court of public opinion. Currently, America is as divided as ever. The majority of those who voted Republican in the 2004 election are just as likely to stand by Bush's word today as they were apparently willing to do eight months ago.

Ultimately, the responsibility falls onto the shoulders of the media -- This is where the Glimmer of Hope comes into play. We witnessed the actual reporters in the Whitehouse Press Corps last year - enraged that they had been blatantly lied to by Scott McClellan. Will the press corps turn over a new leaf - Will we continue to see honest, legitimate reporting over the next crucial and critical month, or will the press fall back to it's role as a mouthpiece of the Republican Noise Machine?

This is the moment of truth, folks -- Let's be unreasonable.

Update: The Mainstream Media appears to be getting it! Read this quote from New York Times Op/Ed Columnist, Frank Rich:

This case is about Iraq, not Niger. The real victims are the American people, not the Wilsons. The real culprit - the big enchilada, to borrow a 1973 John Ehrlichman phrase from the Nixon tapes - is not Mr. Rove but the gang that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted finite resources, human and otherwise, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair.