March 13, 2006
The ‘I’ word
By Ms. Forward
When Wisconsin Public Radio discusses the topic of President George W. Bush’s impeachment with Bill Goodman at 5:00 this afternoon, expect the discussion to be calm and measured and to conclude with what might be a non-conclusion. That’s public radio. That’s fine.
But remember that this issue would not be on the air, or in the pages of more and more newspapers and magazines, if it were not for the bravery of two individuals: Fighting Bob Fest keynoter and Congressman John Conyers and FightingBob.com favorite and Harper’s magazine editor Lewis Lapham.
Conyers commissioned a detailed report of the pro-Bush vote fraud in 2004 when the rest of the Democrats were too afraid to advocate anything other than “moving on,” and the report was virtually ignored until Lapham's Harper’s published an essay from Mark Crispin Miller in advance of the publication of his book on the topic. The same pattern emerged on impeachment, with a seemingly Quixotic report from Conyers and a lengthy essay from Lapham himself on the legitimacy of impeaching W.
Basically, Bush has lied to Congress and everyone else and the direct result of his lies includes thousands of people dead and maimed and hundreds of billions of dollars wasted. That seems plain and obvious enough, but most Democrats and journalists seem convinced that telling the truth about something important is the best way to get oneself branded a lunatic or an extremist in what passes for “public debate” these days. One does so at great risk, and Conyers and Lapham are great-risk takers.
Incidentally, National Public Radio will have an "On Point" show on the Ideas Network this evening discussing what else the U.S. could have spent hundreds of billions on. They may or may not consult the FightingBob.com link to Cost of War that GarveyBlog revisits so often. That’s public radio. That’s fine.
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