Written by Chris Floyd
Wednesday, 07 November 2007
I was planning to write on the malevolent farce played out in Congress yesterday, when the Democratic leadership floundered around in a sweaty panic trying to prevent Dennis Kuchinich’s impeachment resolution from even being discussed, much less voted upon. But Arthur Silber is already on the case, as we’ll see below.
Silber also makes a broader point whose stinging truth should – but won’t – spread across the “progressive” movement. As Silber notes, the Republicans proudly champion torture, Hitlerite aggressive war, and iron-fisted domestic tyranny; they think such things are good. The Democrats, in contrast, say they oppose all this, that such things are evil. Yet they do not and will not act to fight against these things. Given this undeniable fact, Silber poses the question:
So which is worse? Those who support evil, but insist they believe it is good? Or those who support evil while claiming, at least some of the time, that they actually know it is evil?
This is, as Silber notes, a distinction without much difference in these darkening times; the first order of business is not to parse partisan characteristics but to halt the onslaught of evil that is emanating from and being exacerbated by both parties. But the formulation does help us see the Democratic “leaders” more clearly. When you support them, you are supporting a knowing collusion with evil. If that’s the kind of country you want — well, you’ve got it. If not – what are you going to do about it?
Excerpts from The Barren, Deadly Wasteland that Is Now Our Life:
Let’s be clear about the stakes [of the impeachment maneuvers] here. First, if anyone in Washington recognized the scope of the worldwide catastrophe that would almost certainly result from an attack on Iran, they would realize that impeachment of both Bush and Cheney is the strongest means of trying to prevent that eventuality…Second, the long list of indisputable crimes committed by the Bush administration — aggressive, criminal war, explicit and systematic adoption of torture as a normalized means of warfare and of government policy, rendition, secret prisons, and all the rest — demands impeachment. Impeachment is the least that key members of this administration deserve.
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