This high road that everyone has been speaking about, is a long and torturous uphill climb. To wait for the Democrats to move on restoring our rights could mean that we could still be waiting until after the 2008 elections. If this happens, the left will have gained many more members than we have now and we will probably not be voting for the Democrats. They will look at the Democrats as the party that continued to let our rights under the Constitution be taken away. The attacks by this Administration, using the "Unitary Power of The Executive", signing statements, wiretaps by the NSA, the abolition of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, and a collection of other nefarious deeds have made this administration seem more and more like the Third Reich than the 43rd Presidency of the United States.
I think that most people claiming to be "Progressive" or "Liberal", "Left-of-Center" or just "Moderate" are disturbed over this war and the constant attack on our Constitutional rights that started with the "Patriot Act". They didn't in my opinion, come out in record numbers for a mid-term election and switch party affiliations to vote for a Congress that will continue to do nothing and let the policies of this President go on unchallenged. I believe that the people of this country voted for a change, a change in direction that the Congress they replaced would not give them. I don't believe that Republicans voted in Democrats to only raise the minimum wage or to make rules for a Congress that are more polite and that offers both sides of the aisle a chance to speak. I believe that they voted to end this war that has killed over 3000 of our people in uniform, the war that has maimed and crippled many more, both physically and mentally. They voted to restore our rights and to stop this war that has driven this country 400 billion dollars closer to bankruptcy. The Soviet Union Fell because it went bankrupt, what's to stop it from happening here?
We have a President that many in the medical establishment have called a sociopath and a megalomaniac. I said so myself and I have but 16 lousy credits in psychology. The fact of this matter is that Bush will go it alone if need be. He will not stop what he is doing because the public is against it. He believes that this Presidency was given to him to do what he thinks is best, which is admirable, until you understand that what he thinks is best is domination of his perceived enemies by military force. That is not admirable at all, it is tremendously frightening, if not totally insane.
No one will stop this man. Just as no one stopped Adolf Hitler or stood up to him before it was much too late, there is no one in government that will stop George W. Bush. Not Kennedy, Kerry, Clinton, nobody. Somebody needs to put in impeachment papers, or if they are afraid to do that, propose a bill that will restore our rights under the Constitution that this administration and his rubber-stamp congress has taken away. To sit back and top safely do nothing is as bad as actively supporting this man's agenda. The crimes of omission can be worse than the crimes of commission. Bush may use the defense that he is insane. What defense to our representatives in Congress have? Just as the Reichstag was reduced to rubble, so too can the Congress of the United States be. History can, and often does repeat itself. Those that allow it are worse than the people that cause it.
The Democrats under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid don't seem to want to act. We have no time to "wait and see". The question of whether Senator Johnson is coming back to the Senate or whether something else happens to change the political make-up of that body is always there. Why are we taking no action? Even harsh words from the Democrats on funding this war, or threats to impeach Bush could have the effect of making his advisor's press him to slow down on putting more troops in theater. We don't have the luxury of going slowly. While the politicians in Congress mull this over and decide what actions would be the "safest" actions to pursue in regards to their re-election, Congress must realize that they took an oath to do what is best for our nation. They should be aware of that oath they took and stand by it and do what is right. When we arbitrarily decide what immoral thing we should or should not support because of wanting to satisfy everyone, we have already given up our morality.
Some things need time. Some things warrant debate. This idea of letting Bush continue as he has been doing for the last six years, really needs no long debate, or postponement. We could be at war with Iran tomorrow. We could send in another 30,000 troops to Iraq within the month. We could use a nuclear weapon. There are just too many things that can not be postponed any longer. This High Road that we are taking could be the road that leads us over a cliff.