Has law in America become a joke?! Are we willing to waste tax payers money and judges time by sending a case to court about someone’s boop popping out of fabric on television but we won’t impeach a president who gravely abused his powers?!
In the now infamous “nipplegate” episode involving Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and their halftime performance during the 2004 NFL Superbowl broadcast which was watched by approximately 90 million — the actual nipple incident was seen by much less than 90 million because it happened in a flash.
Timberlake grabbed Jackson’s breast and ripped off her bustier, exposing her boob even though her nipple was actually covered by a star shaped object. It seemed to me that the entire ‘incident’ was over before anyone really had a chance to notice. But millions, by choice, caught a glimpse of Janet’s felonious boob thanks to the internet and madness ensued. Fines were thrown around, press conferences were held and the media went into a frenzy!
Today, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” in issuing the fine over the deeply alarming image of the naked, star covered boob.
I’m rehashing the story of ‘nipplegate’ because it is ridiculous to me that a breast could be bought up on charges but George W. Bush won’t be impeached? How ridiculous is this?
I understand Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s frustrations that his colleagues in congress continue to hold hearings to investigate the Bush administration’s alleged constitutional violations, but refuse to hold President George W. Bush accountable for what Kucinich believes are High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
“How many more hearings do we need to have to prove this administration has violated the constitution, taken the law into its own hands, and condoned torture?” Kucinich said in an interview. “There is a point at which you reduce congress to a debating society which diminishes Congress’s role.”
Kucinich has spent the past year making a case for impeaching President Bush. Last year, he introduced a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. But that effort failed. In fact, it barely received any media coverage.
On June 9, Kucinich introduced a resolution on the House floor calling for the impeachment of President Bush and then spent nearly five hours reading 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush, alleging the president was guilty of a wide-range of crimes, into the Congressional Record.
The articles of impeachment were introduced a few days after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a long-awaited report on prewar Iraq intelligence that concluded President Bush and Vice President Cheney knowingly lied to the public and to Congress about Iraq’s links to al-Qaeda and the threat the country posed to the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11.
Congress voted 251-166 to send to the impeachment resolution to the House Judiciary Committee where it was expected to die. Kucinich said he fully expected Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to hold hearings within a 30-day deadline Kucinich imposed. But Conyers shelved the issue.
Kucinich later held a news conference where he announced that he had whittled down the 35 articles of impeachment to a single article, alleging President Bush “deceived” Congress into believing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in order to get lawmakers to back a U.S. led invasion of the country.
The article of impeachment, “Deceiving Congress with Fabricated Threats of Iraq WMDs to Fraudulently Obtain Support for an Authorization of the Use of Military Force Against Iraq,” was introduced by Kucinich on the House floor and read into the Congressional Record. The article of impeachment was introduced as a privileged resolution, which requires lawmakers to act on the measure within two legislative days.
At the news conference, Kucinich said he understands “that many members of Congress voted in good faith to authorize the use of force against Iraq, and I understand that many in the media supported that action. When the President of the United States makes representations on matters of life and death, we all want to believe him and give him the benefit of the doubt. Trust is the glue which holds the fabric of our nation together.”
“Those in Congress and in the media who acted on the President’s representations of the threat of Iraq WMDs did so trusting that those representations were honest. Unfortunately, they were not,” he said. “We all know the consequences of the war, the loss of lives and injury to our troops, the deaths of innocent Iraqis, the cost to the American taxpayers. There has been another consequence: Great damage to our Constitution through an unnecessary, illegal war and the destruction of the superior role of Congress in the life of this nation.
Kucinich insisted that “Congress must, in the name of the American people, use the one remedy which the Founders provided for an Executive who gravely abused his power: Impeachment.”
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi declared impeachment was “off the table” because it would hinder the Democrats’ chances of securing a bigger majority in Congress come November and could result in a public backlash and cause the party to lose the November presidential election.
Pelosi later shifted her stance on the matter and indicated that there is a strong possibility the House Judiciary Committee may hold hearings on impeachment, but indicated that it’s still unlikely the full House will hold hearings on impeachment.
“This is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will see some attention being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee,” Pelosi said. “Not necessarily taking up the articles of impeachment because that would have to be approved on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject.”
“My expectation is that there will be some review of that in the committee,” she added.
Kucinich said if Pelosi attempts to derail his efforts or if Conyers fails to hold hearing he would continue to introduce new articles of impeachment.
“I have informed the leadership of the House should they fail to hold hearings I would come back to the Congress in 30 days with even more articles,” Kucinch said. “I may have to do this one or two more times before I get their attention and Congress starts to take this seriously. After I introduced this there was discussion among the media that this is dead. Well I hope they believe in life after death because I am coming back with this. Under a privileged resolution I can bring up again and again and again. We cannot keep silent. We cannot allow our country to be lost to lies.”
“These articles of impeachment are about accountability,” Kucinich said. “I think our country is at risk. We’re setting a terrible precedent for future administrations if we choose to turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by this administration. We need to send a message to the next president that if he conducts himself in a similar capacity it would be met with a response from the Congress that you are going to be held to account.”
In an opening statement last month before former White House press secretary Scott McClellan (wrote the book “What Happened”) testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Conyers said the Bush administration may have committed an “impeachable offense” by launching a “propaganda campaign” to win support for a U.S. led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
We ‘the people’ should get behind Kucinich and support him in this matter anyway we can. I disagree with Pelosi’s wimpy argument that impeaching Bush might make us lose the White House. I believe impeaching Bush will help us to win the White House!
So I’m left wondering if we (America) can take a boop to court, why won’t we impeach a boop?