copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
She said it! I never thought this day would come. Change has truly arrived in America, even before the Presidential Inauguration. Today, on Fox News, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, the only person who could, the woman who for so long would not, stated, she is Open to the Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials. Oh joy! Oh, bliss. Never did I imagine this moment might become a reality. Even the idea that this could be a possibility eluded me. Today, on January 18, 2009, finally, I have hope. I believe in the future, as Michelle Obama expressed, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, or I will be when I see an actionable censure.
|I, as the future First Lady, elucidated, feel "privileged." to witness a transformation that most never thought probable, let alone a viable potential. I am elated. I hold my breath, and await what could be if only she authorizes Congress to act. |
Could it be true? Indeed, an investigation into high crimes and misdemeanors might commence. At least that is what an anxious nation heard as Nancy Pelosi spoke these words. "I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it." The California Democrat who holds the highest office in respect to this process continued, and mused that there might be "other things that are, maybe, spent better looking to the future rather than to the past."
The nuance causes much concern. Conservative Constitutional, and International Affairs Attorney, Bruce Fein, who advocates for a Bush/Cheney impeachment, may not think the sentiment sufficient. The former Associate Deputy Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, might wonder if the Speaker offered too little. The decision is very late. Still, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation scholar, Bruce Fein, might feel as I do. While the statement Speaker Pelosi shared is not all I had hoped for, it is a beginning.
Perchance the judicious John Nichols, a Journalist, might believe Nancy Pelosi's newfound wisdom is not as poignant as it could have been. I know not what the man who prudently penned The Genius of Impeachment thinks of this novel declaration. However, I trust he too was touched by what he often said he waited for, a window of opportunity.
I, personally, feel blessed for the prospect of an investigation into practices that were injurious to democracy. More importantly, I yearn for the day when the millions of displaced Iraqis and Afghanis experience a rightness. For too long, these persons suffered from a wrong that most feared would be a precedent never corrected.
The innocent thousand times a thousand, troops, civilians, women, and children, who lost their lives needlessly in these same two Middle Eastern countries, I believe, would want no vengeance. I have faith, the fallen would wish to know, they did not die in vain. Their demise might elicit a dream. There will be a day when people realize all that is done in our name matters, people, of any and every race, color, and creed make a difference. A life taken without cause could be the lesson that will teach a world. A realization for what is right, is not a shame. It is the blessing the dearly departed deserve.
Those willing to right a wrong will not be blamed, if by their actions, no more high crimes and misdemeanors are committed.
There is much to be considered and remedied. There are authorizations for illegal wiretaps to rescind. The loss of habeas corpus cannot be denied. Propaganda that passed for press reports must be addressed. The blindfold that stands for fairness must be replaced in what has become a politicized Justice Department. Guantánamo Bay prison and torture "legitimized" cannot stand if humane treatment of prisoners is to matter. Geneva Convention Rules must be sustained if there is to be a modicum of honor in war.
Much must be addressed if America is ever to be acclaimed. There is a fierce urgency to now. Perhaps, at last, Nancy Pelosi feels it. Fox News reported that the Speaker "hinted that the law might compel Democrats to press forth on some prosecutions, even if they are politically unpopular." Wow! I await. Until then, I will hold the words of the California Democratic Leader dear, "That's not up to us to say that doesn't matter anymore. I want to see the truth come forth."
Nancy Pelosi, so too do I.
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Please peruse a history of thoughts on a possible of impeachment. View videos. Ponder the precedence set if, as Americans, we do not embark upon the trail of Constitutional Law. Please, consider what was and will be if prosecution is not pursued. I thank you.