Sunday, August 14, 2005

Hastert for President in 2007

From Hastert for President 2007

We all know the midterm Congressional elections happen in November of 2006, and there's not a Presidential election until 2008. So, why NOT Hastert in 2007? I mean, if Democrats were to re-take the Senate and maybe even the House in next year's midterms, we could expect very significant issues to be addressed when the new Congress convenes in January of 2007.

The most significant issues have to do with "high crimes and misdemeanors" involving the current administration's senior power structure. Which, as we all understand, includes both President and Vice President in this White House. Should Republicans experience the anti-Iraq and MASS [Mad About Social Security] backlash some are beginning to fear in 2006, there may be enough interest in January of 2007 to actually begin impeachment proceedings. Against both Bush and Cheney.

Presuming of course that by the midterm elections of 2006 Karl Rove will be in jail (or trying hard to keep himself out of jail) for treason. Which in time of war (need anyone be reminded), is certainly considered a "high crime." Coverup may be a misdemeanor (for Bush and Chaney), or maybe not. Depends on who knew what when, as such criminal matters do. Nixon's cover-up was felonious, and he knew he didn't stand a chance in the Senate. So when it looked like the House would vote to send it up, he was officially outta there.

Of course, that particular "War President" had made some powerful enemies in the intelligence community, the diplomatic community, and yes, the military. He lied a lot, abused the rights of American citizens, and insisted on prosecuting an unpopular war for years after it was known that it could not be won. If he were being channeled from the grave, he'd probably tell Shrub and his ventriloquist they're toast.

According to the official list for Presidential succession, the Speaker of the House is #3 in the lineup. That is, if he is re-elected in his district in 2006. And right now, Dennis Hastert of Illinois is the Speaker of the House.

This is why I am for Dennis Hastert for President in 2007. It would be a short Presidency, but likely not a particularly damaging one. He can serve as #44 until January of 2009, when We the People swear in the 45th President of the United States.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Moms Rule!

by Joy

According to Zogby a majority of Americans now believe the war in Iraq was ill-conceived - the Shrub comes out with just a 38% approval rating, even while overall approval hovers at around 44%. While reading through Cindy Sheehan's Blog on Kos today [Saturday, August 13] and sending just a short note of encouragement (mother to mother), I got to thinking what these polls really mean, in terms of actual human beings.

I mean, you read about 'this' percentage versus 'that' percentage, and we all know nobody from the polling organizations ever calls our houses to ask what WE think. Still, they supposedly extrapolate out across the heartland board as some kind of real indicator of what's going on.

So I took the 38% figure from the latest Zogby, which was taken and released well before Cindy Sheehan took up residence in a ditch next to the road outside Shrub's snake-infested scrub near Crawford, Texas. That ditch, by the way, has now sprouted a veritable garden of little white crosses bearing the names of soldiers killed in Iraq, planted by family members who have traveled to be with Cindy in that ditch. Now called "Camp Casey" after Cindy's son.

So. How does a 38% "approval" rating for Shrub's handling of the war [oops... I mean "post war," if NPR's new take on the situation has any meaning - and it doesn't] extrapolate? Why, it extrapolates out to about 186 MILLION citizens if we go ahead and take the estimate of ~300 million as our population minus tourists and illegals as of 2003.

So. Shrub's got his attack dogs on the job - called Mrs. Sheehan a "whore" yesterday. I wonder what his attack dogs would do if 186 MILLION American citizens decided to come camp out on the road leading to his 'compound'. Ya think he'd "drive by really, really fast - twice" or just stay home abusing his real dogs? He could always send Karl out to talk to the folks. I'd bet there are more than a few who know the traditional punishment for treason in time of war.

The whole thing is ultimately disgusting. But then, it's been ultimately disgusting all along. Osama bin Laden attacked us on 9-11-01, but Shrub lost interest in him quickly. Let 'im get away scott free! Now he's getting ready to launch against Iran. Since he tells us we can't withdraw any tired troops from Iraq, who's going to fight this war? Laura and Jenna? Somehow, I doubt it...

A nice draft would spread the grief around a bit, though. If he can get Rummy to go along, and when has Rummy not? Jahsh and Mike (my precious grandsons) are 15. I've got an adopted and a nephew in this fight already. They'll take my grandbabies over my dead body... and I've dared 'em along these lines before and they backed way down. Could be time to try it again!