Eleven days after the election, it's clear that the Democrats have already betrayed the trust the voters placed in them. They were voted into Congress by an overwhelming sentiment against the ongoing occupation of Iraq, and against the Bush administration in general.
The Democrats have made it plain that they have no intention of leaving Iraq soon, and "impeachment is not on the table." Those of us who were warning everyone not to trust the Dems prior to the election have been vindicated, but as my daughter puts it: "It sucks to be right".
What recourse do we the people have now? It's all being managed by Daddy Bush and Pelosi. With no opportunity to express our will via the ballot box for another two years, what can we do?
Justice would mean investigating the many crimes of Bush and Cheney, impeaching them, convicting them in the Senate and removing them from office, then trying them as common citizens in a court of law. They have been accused of treason, of violating their oath of office, of lying us into war, of disregarding international treaties, of shredding the very Constitution they have sworn to uphold. Justice would mean bringing them before a jury of their peers- and in America, we the people are their employers, their source of authority, certainly their peers- and if they are found guilty, imposing an appropriate sentence.
We must continue to cry out for justice. Despite the grim look of things, I continue to have faith in a deity of justice, who resides within each of us and helps us to tell right from wrong. We all know that what is going on in the US continues to be wrong, wrong, wrong, and something must be done about it. What now?
The following is one of my favorite Bible passages. It's kept me going during some dark times, and keeps me going right now. The point is not to give up, shut up and acquiesce, but keep crying out for justice.
Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, "There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'"
The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
By the way, there WAS an alternative to the two parties in this recent election- the Longhouse Coalition, made up of candidates from every party who want impeachment. We're still here.
Peace, love and light,
Carol Wolman, MD
CoChair, Impeach Bush-Cheney
Member, the Longhouse Coalition