Impeach Alito

…for pulling a lip-reader’s Joe Wilson during the State of the Union Address.  While the President added “with all due respect to the Separation of Powers,” “Justice” Alito, aka Scalito, did not.  That’s because Republicans like him don’t believe in the concept, at least politically.  Undisciplined immaturity is to be expected in a relative newby to the High Court; but some kids you just have to leave home with the 14-year-old sitter, can’t take ’em anywhere, like to a Joint Session of Congress on live global television — they might pick their nose, or mouth rude comments to the grownups.

Understand this: Federal judges are not supposed to be politicians; Presidents are.  Obama could rip you up one side and down the other, Your Dishonor; you just sit there still and quiet like a man.  Anyway, what do you care?: you just handed Congress back to your party till the end of time — and the White House in two more years — so Obama’s agenda (whatever that was) is basically dead in the water.  You won’t even have to steal them anymore, just buy them!

Alito’s behavior actually blows the cover right off the GOP partisanship of the Court majority.  If Congress and the Court itself don’t discipline or censure Alito, maybe we need to impeach all 5 Repugs on the Court.  Or really make Obama like FDR, and threaten to appoint a couple more real jurists to that Court, to counterbalance the Reagan-Bush-Bush unConstitutional partisans.

ROUNDUP: Fitzmas II et cetera

Remember Fitzmas carols?!  They’re singing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s praises again for accusing Rod Blagojevich – remember, innocent till proved guilty, and it’s possible not all us Eastern Orthodox Christians are saints (yet!) – but let’s remember all we got out of him in the Plamegate Treason case was a token conviction of Scooter Libby who took the fall for probably Cheney and many other scum, then walked unconstitutionally.  I have a feeling Blago’s right, and we haven’t seen the end of this, and there’s more to be revealed.  Meanwhile let’s get the Bu’ushists on their way out the West Wing, so they don’t get away with all their High Crimes, and nobody else in the future thinks they will either….

Did you hear about the White Racist vigilantes during Katrina in New Orleans killing poor Blacks escaping the flooding Lower Ninth Ward while cops batted an eye?  Me neither.  (Yeah, OK, it’s Katrina vanden Heuvel from The Nation….)  Sign the petition.

Did you hear Orthodox, former Evangelical bigwig, Frank Schaeffer sounding almost like a progressive conservative?!!!  (What those he calls “conservatives” and “progressives” have in common is Classical Liberalism, as he articulately characterizes without using the term.)  Alright, a pissed one, who forgot in that particular article to take some of the blame himself for driving the Religious Wrong all these years.  (That may be in his new autobiography, thankfully.)  He owes most of us a big honkin’ apology, quite frankly (no pun intended).  But, hell, welcome aboard, Franky, the water’s warm!  Besides, you’re my brother in Christ now, so I have to forgive you.  Do any of us get to retract our mistakes (or any do-overs, to use W’s typically-childish boxball analogy)?

Cheney: If President does something during war, it’s legal.  “Go F*@# yourself,” “Dick”!  Or let your cellmate do that for ya….

Finally, for something completely different(?), “Ten Ways to Make Your Kids More Likeable (and Yourself Too)” or something like that.  Happy Solstice!

Bush-Cheney-Powell Treason?

Isn’t lying your country into at least one war a fundamental undermining of its military position akin to treason?  Especially if those same parties are claiming we have millions of “enemies” all over the world to be worried about?

I quote Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution of 1787:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Certainly no bigger aid or comfort can be given to our alleged enemies, Muslim terrorists, than to divert half our armed forces from the “Global War on Terror,” to what Bush and others have admitted was a war of choice (ie, aggression) against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his government and political party, leaving us fighting the GWOT with one hand tied behind our back.

And we are all witnesses.

FBI/Bu’ushist lawbreaking

Let me make sure I have this straight: The Executive Branch can issue so-called “administrative subpoenas” anytime it wants and do whatever it wants with the information, without prosecution for admitted illegality (link will break) … and can ignore real subpoenas from the Legislative Branch, ‘the high court of parliament.’

Got it.

366 Days and counting

A few worthy insights here.

Personally, I won’t believe they’re gone till the plane touches down in Texas … or Gitmo … or The Hague!!!  Remember when Giuliani wanted more time as Mayor of NY after 9/11?  I’m still seriously concerned about “Bush Overtime” or “Extra Innings.”

Nevermind how the Repugs will steal this election come what may anyway….

The Democrats could still cut this term short, if they had stones.  (Sorry, Nancy P.)

“Richardson Leaves the Personality Contest;” Go with Kucinich

The Nation’s perceptive editorial about the frontrunners and MSM coverage of them.

Guess I have to go with Congressman Dennis Kucinich now, just to make a statement.  Although really, all his experience in Congress does dwarf Rodham Clinton’s, Obama’s, and Edwards’s, and is current, versus Mike Gravel’s (honorable) terms in the Senate back in the ’70s.

Heck, even running a major city, Cleveland, wisely, for a few years during a tumultuous time for it, should say something!

We have a coup?

Go after Gonzales anyway!

Impeach and convict him in Congress so he gets no pension and never again holds “an office of trust or profit under the United States,” like these other Bushies who’ve kept coming and going since the ’60s!!!

Furthermore: “Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father’s best days,” Gonzales said.  This shows just how out-of-touch with human beings the man is.  I doubt his father would agree!  AG has been spoiled by money and power and criminality.  Does he have any normal friends left???

Predatory Lending and the “Subprime Mortgage Crisis”

If your MSM aren’t explaining it to you, go here: they nailed it before it broke!*

I’d urge Hightower to run for higher office, if I didn’t think it’d corrupt him!

(*–Before the news broke, that is. Obviously the system broke years ago!)

UPDATE: Oh, I’m sorry.  I didn’t realize non-subscribers don’t have access to the whole piece.  But hey, it just may be the best ten bucks a year you ever invest (nine for seniors and students; what about the poor and disabled?!!).  Plus they’re nonprofit – can’t beat that!

Long story short, the latest “crisis” is about guys who prey on and deceive people who want a home, get them to commit to ridiculous repayment schemes, seize their house, so they’re out on the street anyway, and loads (more) in debt too.  But Jim and Phil tell it so much better and funnier, and with cartoons too!

Cheney disobeys Bush; Bush OK with it

Their most blatant lawlessness yet, though obviously not their most serious.  Crimes committed or abetted by the high are “high crimes” in my book.  And these two must be high if they thought this wouldn’t be noticed!  I just wonder why it’s taken 4 years to come up: NY Times sit on it again?!!  (“Sit on it!”  There’s an oldie-but-goodie!)

This may just be the co-defendant “smoking gun” we’ve been waiting for to dump them both ASAP: simultaneous impeachment, simultaneous trial in the Senate, simultaneous removal from office, Dick never gets to be President, Pelosi does!

Cheney’s legislative-branch claim only holds water if it’s Senate business he’s keeping secret… which it’s not, at least in the current case.  In reality, the Vice-President is almost never in the Senate, does not conduct its business, and as “President of the Senate” is less than a figurehead.  This work is done mostly by the Majority Leader, normally with input from the Minority Leader.

In any case, as the linked article suggests, the Senate has complete control over its own business, papers, etc.  Plus, arguably, the Senate could expel its President (Cheney), as any other “member,” by a two-thirds majority even without impeachment and trial (Article I, Section 5).  I think they should go for it… and put an end to Cheney’s F-bombs on the floor at the same time!  (What will we tell the children?!!)

Actually, as I look at Article I, Section 4, the Impeachment section, I note the absence of the word only.  Are there other ways to remove a President or VP?  What if the 2004 Electoral College reconvened (in each State and D.C.) and chose somebody else?  What if a recall election were held?  No other way of choosing a Prez or VP is provided in the Constitution, so Pelosi, again, would succeed to the White House.

At least, let’s finally impeach Cheney, and put this sick dog out of our misery!  The Senate Democrats could even deny Bush his nominee to replace Cheney, although would Bush know what to do without a Cheney pulling his strings?  Maybe we should let him nominate Jim Baker for VP, or somebody else like that unlikely to run in ’08… much as I hate to leave it in the hands of the Neocons.

And let’s remember to impeach and convict all the other leading Bushies, so they never again “hold an office of trust or profit(sic!!) under the United States”!!!  They’ve all committed plenty of high crimes, least of all, “lying to the American people” and “lying to Congress,” with the grave consequences we all and the world have suffered since 2000.

Vote to Impeach Cheney

Here.

There’s an actual bill in the House right now, spearheaded by Kucinich I think, with slowly-growing support there – and of course, massive support out here!

Assorted Monarchy, etc., reflections

If everybody’s sovereign, nobody’s sovereign, and nobody’s subject, so those who can, will do whatever they wish, to whomever they wish.

For Christians, the Christian God is sovereign (hence the title “Lord”) over all Creation, and human sovereigns serve subject to Him, accountable to Him.

The Monarchy in England/Britain was always among the people, representing the Sovereignty of the people, the Nation.  They weren’t “angels in the form of men,” and they weren’t perfect, but they were part of a system.

In the American Constitution what we have is less a system where different branches, divided branches, and levels of government, check each other’s abuses, than a CABAL – ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine.’  (At least in Britain acts of government need the Sovereign’s assent, somebody who can say NO to the cabal.  If government acts needed “the sovereign’s” assent here, we’d all get to vote on every government measure – which of course would be inefficient.)  But this may be how the “Founding Fathers” and “Framers” intended it, wealthy White planters and traders – CABAL – that they were.  Certainly no President of the Executive Branch has ever been removed from office – have we really finally “found angels in the form of men to govern us”?!!! – and no State has ever stood in the way of Federal abuses.  (Though I’m not against the Federal government blocking State abuses, as happened not infrequently in the second half of the 20th century.)  Deals between the Houses of Congress and the Executive Branch go on all the time, and the politicization of the Supreme Court and the rest of the Federal Bench has become legendary.

“In a republic the people reign, they do not rule.”  Who rules?  Our cabalistas, the influential persons connected with our all-but-sovereign corporations, our ignoble rich, the pseudo-educated “neocons,” the big media barons, and the power-mad, hypocritical leaders of conservative Evangelical and Fundamentalist sects… as well as all who truly follow or emulate any of these.

If government excludes Nobles, then the ignoble will predominate!

“Law” used to be a combination of judicial precedent/”wisdom of the court,” legal and political custom, tradition, faith, morality, learned analysis, justice, solidarity, ‘what should be,’ the needs of society, as well as the interplay among Monarchy, Royal advisers and generals, governmental Administrators, Church Hierarchy (bishops and abbots), Lay Nobility, and elected Representatives of the Commons; etc.  Now it’s whatever a short-sighted, selfish, activist, falsely-influential minority from day to day says it is.  Such false democratism needs to be balanced by other things.

There is no “people of the United States” outside the non-legally-binding Preamble to the Constitution of 1787.  There are only the peoples of the Several States.

Maybe the Monarchy Party should change its name to the Crown-and-People Party!

Restoring the representation of State legislative houses in the U.S. Senate would restore the dignity of the U.S. House of Representatives and of the States, and provide more check on the Executive Branch.  But no statewide campaigning or “non-binding” elections should be allowed, so Senators truly represent the States as States again, as bodies politic, ie, their legislative chambers, and not campaign contributors/bribers.

Then we institute full public campaign financing for the House of Representatives, to remove their beholdenness to contributors/bribers also.

Either House of Congress should be able to Impeach, requiring the other House to try its Impeachments.  The present model is based on the UK Parliament, where the Commons impeaches, and the Lords, who traditionally include a judicial function, try impeachments; but the U.S. Senate has never had a judicial function otherwise.  (Of course now in the UK, where they look fixed to remove the Law Lords from Parliament into a new Supreme Court, this distinction between even the Houses of Parliament would cease to exist, giving even less reason for it in America.)

Responsible Government (ie, “parliamentary”) needs limitations on it to mitigate the occasional phenomenon of virtual “elective dictatorship.”

There are more guns per capita in Canada than in the U.S.  Why do more Americans than Canadians shoot each other, or die of accidental gunshot wounds?

It’s easier to prevail upon the morality, wisdom, etc., of one Monarch, than of 218 (or 290) out of 435 members of the House of Representatives, 51 (or 60, or 67) out of 100 Senators, one President, and five out of nine Supreme Court Justices.  On the other hand, it’s easier to suborn the latter than the former, especially if she is unbribeable and not subject to electoral politics.

The Founders and Framers were two-faced.  When it served their purposes, they treated the King of Great Britain as an absolute despot when even in the late 18th century he was limited by his Council and relations with Parliament; yet they treated many Colonial governors as limited by their Councils, when they were ultimately answerable only to London.  So why didn’t they give the President a Council?  They gave him more power than the Kings of England had since the Reformation!  They didn’t even limit him to two terms!!

Was Communist Albania history’s first “atheistic state”… or was (small-R) republican America?!

The ethnic nationalism that grips Orthodox Churches has to be overcome.  Maybe Victoria Clark has it right after all: ‘Phyletism vs. Hesychasm,’ ie, Tribalism vs. inclusive, pan-Orthodox repentance and humility and prayer and faithfulness and communion (koinonia).  OCs in the West aren’t supposed to be so distinguished by immigrant background, nor Orthodox countries in ‘the East’ by pseudo-religious flag-waving, nor their hierarchies by whining and prostrating to the West.  Of course, these phenomena are common in the West too – in fact they’ve been furthered by the West for two centuries – but that’s not my Church, mine by choice is Orthodoxy.

Bush and Putin and China

W. is one to lecture the Russians and Chinese about democracy and human rights.  There are others in the G-8 better-qualified to do so.

Joe Klein Pans Bushies

In TIME mag.  “Unfit to lead.”  Where ya been, Joe?  Alot of us knew this 9 years ago!  HIGH CRIMES.