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After reading Linda Milazzo's excellent article yesterday, I. I. I. I. - Invoke, Impeach, Indict, Imprison - This Patriot's Refrain (at 3:30 a.m., due to a bout of insomnia), I fired off a comment that leapt from my brain stem while my higher level neurons were still snoring (I realize writers shouldn't do this, but I did it anyway, and to quote Mr. FU himself, "It felt good!"). I wrote:

"It's time someone said it... while we're still alive: Assassinate. ...

Cheney et. al. are doing it to we the people, in the hundreds of thousands; other than logistics, why not return the favor?"

Of course I'd posed the question to myself long ago, and on more than a few occasions I've heard people raise the topic of their own accord, even here in Utah, that reddest of red states.

And the truth is, I am curious. This facile method of swift political change has evidently been around since we plopped from the trees onto the savannah. Change is needed now more than at any time in my sixty years of existence. The planet is going down, hundreds of thousands of good people, at least, are dying due to Mr. Cheney and his barbaric ways. The human race may go extinct-other species already are-due to the policies this wayward administration has set in motion.

To say it is "cowardly" to consider assassination is just plain silly, just as it was absurd to call the 9/11 hijackers cowards. A coward is someone who: lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; is a timid or easily intimidated person; is very fearful or timid; or who acts from fear or timidity. If you think that carrying out an assassination or a suicidal plane crash for a heartfelt cause is an act rooted in fear or timidity, all I can say is you've got a different dictionary than I do. I get scared shitless when a plane hits turbulence, and extremely uncomfortable if I even have to tell someone something they may not want to hear. An assassination? I'd crap my pants and possibly have a heart attack before I got out the door! Do you think that Claus von Stauffenberg or others who tried to assassinate Hitler were cowards? Please.



Not to assassinate a criminal who may well kill your relatives (think nuclear holocaust, global warming, provoking terrorists), because it might be considered "criminal" BY the "criminal" or his criminal buddies, is nothing less than insanity. We need better reasons than labels of "cowardly" or "criminal" to stave off an assassination.

And let me be honest on this: As much as I appreciate articles on impeachment, especially fine ones like Linda's, I do believe that if I have to read another, I'm going to have a powerful urge to assassinate myself! Talk, talk, talk; talk, talk, talk, but nothing seems to be changing. Some of us are doers and we get a little weary of all the talking, important though it may be.

I found the responses to Linda's article and also to my question to be exceptional, enlightening, entertaining, and everything I've come to expect from readers of OpEd News (E.E.E.E., BTW). Thank you to those who responded, even the fellow who spanked me pretty hard.

Please note that even in my somnolence, I did realize that I was posing a question, not necessarily advocating the act. Also note that I was not "conspiring"-that requires at least two people planning, and I would never do THAT on a public website!-so much as thinking out loud to share my thoughts, and sincerely wanting to tap the brains of others who clearly feel some of my passions. Hey! It's still ok to THINK, and at least at the moment, even to think out loud.

Now I wake up this morning, slide into my fat-bottom computer chair, coffee in hand, and there on the top line at OpEd News is an article by James Brett, Cheney and Cheneyism. It is well-written, nicely researched, heart felt, and deeply resonant with my inner being. James runs down the list of what Dick Cheney is all about, and ends by comparing him to a cockroach. A cockroach!

Need I really ask what we do with cockroaches? Even ones that merely peacefully nibble the crumbs on our kitchen floor?

But ok, let's get back to the subject, boys and girls. Why NOT assassinate?

Faithful readers of this site should already recognize me as a reasonably peaceful warrior. As I've told many people over the years, "If you don't believe in peace, I'm going to have to kill you!" I more than once have chastised the military for being willing to kill other human beings, before they get to know them. I have pointed on several occasions to one of my favorite articles God Angrily Clarifies Don't Kill Rule (recommended reading if you haven't read it already).

So spank me all you want, but I confess that this has only made me made think harder about my own question. Which of course has led to some answers of my own, that are a bit more refined than whatever I was thinking before. And I feel it's safe to say that at least a few of my higher level neurons are actually firing at the moment. So I herewith present five reasons why we should not assassinate, even if one is cursed with a burning itch to do so:

One: To pilfer a phrase from The Onion article, THE reason we should not kill is simply to "have a higher standard of behavior." Yes, a higher standard of behavior. Now and forevermore for humans: Thou Shalt Not Kill. We don't want it. It sucks. No one should die at the hands of another, no matter what they've done. Not even Hitler. Killing is wrong. We are not the authors of human life, we should not take it.

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Daniel:It's a tough question.  Those of u... by Charlie L on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 1:05:19 PM
I always appreciate your thoughts on things. ... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 1:27:41 PM
I got an email suggesting I take down the article,... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 1:41:12 PM
and I am a big fan of Mr. Geery.But to hypothetica... by Alessandro Machi on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 1:58:34 PM
TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO ASSASSINATE.......10.  Wil... by Alessandro Machi on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 2:10:03 PM
Daniel,The Hebrew prophets were also masters at WA... by Eileen Fleming on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 2:38:22 PM
Well, everyone at one time or another in their liv... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 3:12:28 PM
It's so Latin!! I'm part French and part R... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 11:36:44 PM
 I’m convinced Republicans have used as... by rabblerowzer on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 3:20:05 PM
Assassination and even terrorism are never off the... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 3:24:03 PM
Don't forget Senator Wellstone and his wife and da... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 3:27:35 PM
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I'll come visit you at Gitmo.... by Russ Wellen on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 3:56:39 PM
I loved this article, one of my most favorites I&#... by Todd Huffman, M.D. on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 6:08:51 PM
Dan, I love that Darwin quote. Excellent article.P... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 6:57:53 PM
It's not like we haven't grappled with the... by Kathlyn Stone on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 8:39:39 PM
I never got to page two because page one didn'... by Alessandro Machi on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 10:08:11 PM
If you can't access it, let me know what you D... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 11:39:01 PM
Sorry if that was not clear.    I think the head... by Alessandro Machi on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:55:01 PM
Having not read the second page, it is rather unfa... by Todd Huffman, M.D. on Thursday, Jun 28, 2007 at 10:39:49 PM
I can't think of anything that's gone wron... by Esbe on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:14:48 AM
Amen!... by siriusss on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 1:04:33 PM
Well, hell! I"ve had fantasies about the guy&... by Blue Pilgrim on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:47:07 AM
Very good question, Dan. Why not ? And why not yet... by Tony Forest on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 7:53:58 AM
Not. There's isn't one.... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Jun 30, 2007 at 8:54:13 AM
nt... by Tony Forest on Saturday, Jun 30, 2007 at 9:44:47 AM
Yeah.... We all have those moments when our patien... by Bob Gormley on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 9:50:26 AM
 Pundit :a person who knows a lot about a par... by rabblerowzer on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:00:36 AM
what a pundit was.  It's a stupid word if... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:07:54 PM
I loved your essay, Daniel.  Good fun.... by rabblerowzer on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 5:05:19 PM
I am not yet where Bonehoeffer was when he agreed ... by wanderinwoodsman on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:23:02 AM
But Bonhoeffer would have been for the exhausting ... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 9:10:33 PM
You say: "Talk, talk, talk; talk, talk, talk, but ... by Joel S. Hirschhorn on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:31:57 AM
...the conclusion I came to is that this wouldn... by Charlie L on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:56:30 AM
we need is in there--including the convention clau... by john de herrera on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 1:19:54 PM
I don't know where the arguments go from here,... by Kiko on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:31:59 AM
The idea of assassinating anyone, including d... by Sherwood Ross on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:40:26 AM
Offing your politicos is well within the American ... by delia on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 11:22:27 AM
WHEN in the Course of human events it becomes nece... by mrk * on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 11:23:58 AM
several times.  I almost used it in the artic... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 2:58:46 PM
A thoughtful, well reasoned article?  Anyone ... by rhalfhill on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 11:56:30 AM
I didn't mean it as a cheap trick, I assumed w... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:01:16 PM
While tabling at the Minneapolis Pride Festival la... by Mikael Rudolph on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:09:14 PM
is out there. I wouldn't have composed the ar... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:03:28 PM
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since January 20, 2001 , just so you know. If it w... by Katarina Olszkea on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:42:46 PM
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Assassination is a crime against society, a crime ... by Archie on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 1:00:29 PM
If Jonathan Swift had written "A Modest Propo... by Alessandro Machi on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 11:06:13 PM
metaphor: suppose you had a cfo of a company figur... by john de herrera on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 1:32:39 PM
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You're a coward like all the rest of us. We do... by eagleeye on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 2:58:29 PM
I'm a coward.  I think I said that in my ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:16:35 PM
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We are obviously free to take it or leave it, but ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:22:04 PM
Daniel Geery's article is definitely worth rea... by S. E. Hoffman on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:43:17 PM
Any assassinations would result in a certain amoun... by Blue Pilgrim on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:49:02 PM
Well, agonizing over choosing between either ... by Geraldo on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 4:09:18 PM
...I want to thank you for bringing up the "A" wor... by Pappy on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 5:38:06 PM
Is there an entrance exam to test your knowledge, ... by Pappy on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 6:03:16 PM
Nope , He's right. Just who would gain from ne... by "Hoss" David P. on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 7:10:03 PM
I find this whole idea of assassination; another t... by Dom Jermano on Friday, Jun 29, 2007 at 7:45:25 PM
Peace is the way.  I agree.  Though I do... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Jun 30, 2007 at 8:01:27 AM
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apparently there's an echo in here.... by mlevans on Saturday, Jun 30, 2007 at 11:00:54 AM
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Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg was a genu... by RitaB on Friday, Jul 6, 2007 at 12:39:14 AM
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