Thursday, July 26, 2007

dvtv live broadcast 7.26.07

in the White House tonight, the wagons are circled - the trenches are dug. the sandbags piled high.
the Bush administration is under siege on several fronts.
not only are there calls for impeachment proceedings against the president - not only are there calls for impeachment proceedings against the vice president - not only are there calls for contempt of congress charges against the president’s most trusted aides - wait –there’s more. today the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the land – the Attorney General of the US– is facing perjury charges.
appearing before Congress today FBI Director Robert Mueller gave testimony that contradicts the testimony Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave the senate on Tuesday.
FBI director Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee today that the warrantless wiretaps program were the reason for the now-famous midnight meeting in 2004 with a hospital-bedridden and sedated then-Attorney-General John Ashcroft. on Tuesday, Gonzales had denied this, and today the Justice Department said Gonzales stands by his testimony.
but wait –there’s still more. Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Bush’s head political advisor Karl Rove about the DOJ’s firing of us attorneys last year which sparked the Judiciary committee hearings in the first place.
this ups the ante in this ongoing constitutional battle, even though the president has already stated that he would not permit rove to testify.
Leahy also issued a subpoena for deputy political director J. Scott Jennings.
"The Bush-Cheney White House,”
Leahy said in issuing the subpoenas,
“continues to place great strains on our constitutional system of checks and balances…not since the darkest days of the Nixon administration have we seen efforts to corrupt federal law enforcement for partisan political gain and such efforts to avoid accountability."

as i said – the wagons are circled - the trenches are dug. the sandbags piled high. an entrenched, embattled Bush administration is determined that it will serve out the remaining five-hundred-forty-three days in office. why? no doubt there is unfinished business. it’s not enough that the United States is losing two wars, that the military is clearly stretched too thin, that weary soldiers embark on their fifth tour of duty of Iraq, that tens of thousands of paid military contractors are transforming the us armed forces into a private, for-profit corporation. there is unfinished business for the Bush-Cheney white house – dark, dank secret programs that hint at the termination of democracy as a form of government in the united states. but what do i know – i may just be a paranoid lefty. i don’t think i’m paranoid-because i’m not alone in my thinking.
let’s listen to a far more conservative voice – from a man who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Ronald Regan. Paul Craig Roberts wrote a recent column on impeachment for counterpunch.org. here’s how he began:
“Unless congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the us could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.
Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of "executive orders" that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency.”

you can hardly call an Assistant Treasury Secretary under Reagan- the man called the father of Reaganomics -a paranoid lefty. Roberts feels all the executive orders are in place to give unchecked, unlimited power to the executive branch, and that Bush and Cheney will soon invoke that power to extend the Iraq war. while it took a Pearl-Harbor-like event – September 11th - to enable the start of the Bush-Cheney coup – Roberts warns us that a total dictatorship is now possible merely by a presidential declaration. furthermore, this Republican stalwart cites ominous hints of imminent national disaster – Homeland Security chief Chertoff’s gut feeling of a terror attack on US soil soon.
Robert’s column is titled “Impeach Now or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy”
so: do we leave Bush and Cheney in office for the next eighteen months and let them finish their demolition of our constitutional democracy?
or do we impeach the motherfuckers now?
the studio lines are open for you to express your opinion at 212 757 1393. this is dvtv live, it’s the twenty-sixth of July Two Thousand Seven….

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