What The President Does Need

Senator Feingold, the notoriously anti-war Democrat who was against the Iraq War before all the cool kids made it trendy to be so, has again uped the ante in pushing for not one, but two censures against the president.

One censure would chastise the president for his criminal incompetence in dealing with Iraq while the second seeks to take him to task for his “assault against the rule of law.”

In a perfect world, such motions would pass with ease; Bush’s failures in regards to Iraq are vast and well documented, and if after Libby, the midnight run on John Ashcroft’s hospital bed, the warrantless wiretapping program said run was about, and the non-stop evasions of congressional subpoenas don’t have you buying in on the second proposed censure, well, I think you are just about ready for a little thing we call totalitarianism. Enjoy!

But we don’t live in a perfect world, and knowing this, it wouldn’t be wise to think that these measures have much more than the slightest glimmer of hope at seeing the light of day. At least, not while even the leader of Feingold’s own party, Senator Harry Reid, has made it clear that he won’t be supporting the measure. According to Reid, “We have a lot of work to do… The president already has the mark of the American people — he’s the worst president we ever had. I don’t think we need a censure resolution in the Senate to prove that.”

Unfortunately, Reid gets it wrong, and loses just a little more of the faith I had in him in so doing.

I think we have reached a point in this entire presidential ordeal where not everything is solely about Bush. It still has a great deal to do with him, true. There are such ideals that he claimed at one time to profess that he himself should be held to, ideals such as responsibility and accountability.

But with only a year and a half left of his presidency, it has become pretty clear that Bush is going to do what he wants to do. He’s going to continue to ruin not just our country but other countries as well, and there’s not a lick that anyone can do about it. In the past, calls for impeachment and censure were merely about trying to stop him. Now, they have become so much more.

It’s also about sending a clear message; We The People won’t stand for this malarchy out of our presidents. It is about letting the person who takes over for Bush know that if you in any way emulate his presidency, you will feel the wrath of the people who put you in office. But Harry doesn’t seem to get this.

To him, people have spoken loudly in polls, but any horse race addict will tell you, polls don’t mean a thing. You can track polls straight up to election day, and at the eleventh hour, people can walk in that booth and check a different name. History will most definitely not be kind to this president, and while one hopes that academic professionalism will prevent future authors of history texts from calling Bush a “moron”, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find one not written by a neoconservative publisher talking of him in glowing terms.

But this is not enough. Horrendous polls and unfavorable history books ultimately provide little more than satisfaction that, yes, we were right, this guy sucks. It does nothing to hold this man accountable for what he has done, and worse, what he has refused to do. And it sends a very poor message to the future leaders of the world.

You can hold perhaps the most powerful and important job in the world, screw it up completely, and still not even get a slap on the wrist. At this point, we are holding fry cooks in fast food restraunts up to higher standards, and they STILL get fired.

If the “mark” is there, Senator Reid, then act on it. Let it be known, let it ring forth now through the annals of history that if the Senate can do one thing, that thing is to let the voice of the American people be felt, and not simply ignored. Then maybe the next time someone wants to be a jackass in the oval office, they’ll think twice.

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