The American people, as a whole, seem to be either accepting or ignorant of the many crimes committed by the Bush Administration. The evidence is clear, yet no one seems to have demanded any kind of explanation from Dubya and his cronies (at least not successfully). The rest of the world does seem to get it, though: There are nations that are calling for Bush to be tried as a war criminal and small groups in the U.S. that are calling for some level of accountability for this disastrous Presidency. On that point, the Huffington Post reports in The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. From the article:
Perhaps the most amazing thing to me about the belief of many that George Bush lied to the American public in starting his war with Iraq is that the liberal columnists who have accused him of doing this merely make this point, and then go on to the next paragraph in their columns. Only very infrequently does a columnist add that because of it Bush should be impeached. If the charges are true, of course Bush should have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office. That’s almost too self-evident to state. But he deserves much more than impeachment. I mean, in America, we apparently impeach presidents for having consensual sex outside of marriage and trying to cover it up. If we impeach presidents for that, then if the president takes the country to war on a lie where thousands of American soldiers die horrible, violent deaths and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children, even babies are killed, the punishment obviously has to be much, much more severe. That’s just common sense. If Bush were impeached, convicted in the Senate, and removed from office, he’d still be a free man, still be able to wake up in the morning with his cup of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice and read the morning paper, still travel widely and lead a life of privilege, still belong to his country club and get standing ovations whenever he chose to speak to the Republican faithful. This, for being responsible for over 100,000 horrible deaths?* For anyone interested in true justice, impeachment alone would be a joke for what Bush did.
Al Franken on the David Letterman show said, “Bush lied to us to take us to war” and quickly went on to another subject, as if he was saying “Bush lied to us in his budget.”
In Bush’s two terms as Texas governor, he signed death warrants for an incredible 152 out of 153 executions against convicted murderers, the majority of whom only killed one single person. The only death sentence Bush commuted was for one of the many murders that mass murderer Henry Lucas had been convicted of. Bush was informed that Lucas had falsely confessed to this particular murder and was innocent, his conviction being improper. So in 152 out of 152 cases, Bush refused to show mercy even once, finding that not one of the 152 convicted killers should receive life imprisonment instead of the death penalty. Bush’s perfect 100 percent execution rate is highly uncommon even for the most conservative law-and-order governors.
[Note: The article is excerpted from a book: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi Published by Vanguard Press]
I think the commentary is right on, and hits on some important points. For one thing, Americans seem to just laugh off high crimes against humanity. Just about every comedian has taken a stab at Bush for orchestrating torture in secret prisons. The result? Laughs. I’m not sure when or how this became funny, but it keeps me from watching shows like Jon Stewart (an otherwise intelligent and entertaining show). As mentioned in the article, most of the responses from even enlightened writers is, “So what?” Many of these are the same people that ridiculed Bill Clinton and tarnished his name in history. We’re no strangers to impeachment, but it seems that killing brown people that are far away takes second stage to gasoline prices.
Sadly, it’s looking increasingly like no charges will be filed against Bush. He won’t even be questioned (and if he is, Americans will be satisfied with his refusal to answer questions). This isn’t a small issue, and it’s one that calls into question the responsibilities of individuals in a democracy. Perhaps we should change the oft-repeated slogan to “…and justice for some.”