Admittedly, the majorities in Congress are fragile, and confer limited power to the Democrats. It is not necessarily reasonable, therefore, to assume that the Democrats would have been able to dictate policy regarding the war in Iraq. Nor is it necessarily reasonable to assume that the Democrats would have been able successfully to impeach this lawless president and vice-president. The facts of power might well prevent the Democrats from "winning" their battle with the regime in such ways.
This would be no small thing. Indeed, that is the way to accomplish something that is key to the challenge of this moment in American history.
Properly done, such a thorough discrediting would strip away from this presidency all the moral authority, all the respect, all the deference, that Americans customarily extend to that office.
And if those aspects of the aura of the presidency were thoroughly stripped away, the president's power would be greatly diminished. The power of the office has a legal aspect, but without its moral aspect the president's ability to dominate the political arena --an ability that now, disgracefully, continues-- would be removed.
It might then become feasible for Congress to take control of the war in Iraq.
It might even then become feasible for Congress to successfully impeach this disgraceful --and by then deservedly disgraced-- president.
For every inch gained in the process of discrediting this regime will move all the other components of the American body politic --the people, the press, the Republican enablers in Congress-- and these shifts would change the power equation away from the Bushite presidency.
But even if those developments --on Iraq, or on impeachment-- did not come to pass, the thorough discrediting of this disgraceful presidency would be no small thing. It would, indeed, accomplish that most important thing for our time: the repudiation by the American body politic of the Bushite fascism, and the defense and protection of America's constitutional democracy.
In their battle with the Bushite regime, therefore, the key to the Democrats' fulfilling their responsibility to America lies in completely discrediting this presidency in the eyes of the American people, so that the American people fully repudiate not only the Bushite leadership of this country but also everything this regime has represented.
Such a victory over the Bushites is entirely feasible. It does not require any legal powers the Democrats do not possess. It merely requires the resolute will to confront the regime, and the strategic understanding of how to conduct that confrontation to expose the dark truths about the regime: that it continually lies and breaks the law and incompetently makes a mess of things; that it is a regime that is antagonistic to the fundamental values of this nation.
<em>This is an essay, but it is also just the opening part of an essay. But instead of adding on to the end, I will be developing it --in subsequent installments-- by fleshing out this framework from within. So the unfolding of this line of thinking will be a new approach to the genre of publishing-in-installments. You'll see what I mean as the subsequent increments get written and added and posted.</em>