Two months ago, I kicked off the New Year with a column that urged that we forget about pursuing George W. Bush and his corrupt administration for their many crimes. We needed, I thought, to concentrate on the more pressing economic problems facing this nation.
I was wrong. Bush and his criminal cabal must be investigated, indicted, prosecuted and punished for their actions.
Why the change of heart? Reality: Nothing more, nothing less. As I watch a once-great nation crumble around us, I realize those responsible must pay.
While all of the ills that currently threaten the survival of America cannot be laid at Bush’s feet, he and his co-conspirators certainly did their part to tear this nation apart and that ripping up of the fabric of this country cannot be ignored or forgiven.
We cannot, and must not, look the other way or turn the other cheek. We cannot, and must not, simply forget and forgive what Bush and the Republican Party have done.
Bush and his administration ignored signs that the economy was in trouble, blindly insisting that nothing was wrong. When action might have prevented — or at least lessened the impact — of an economic meltdown, the Bush White House maintained a "business as usual" attitude that allowed the cancer eating away at this nation’s health to spread beyond control.
He and his administration continued to pander to the very special interests that padded their pockets at the expense of others: the bankers, the industrialists, the rich special interests that have — for too long — controlled our government.
Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the most corrupt administration in American history destroyed the Constitution, washed away freedoms once taken for granted and turned this nation into an arrogant international bully that is despised on the world stage.
They must be punished. They must be held up as an example so that future leaders can never consolidate so much power and corruption to ignore the wishes of the American people.
We, the American people, deserve justice. We cannot — and should not — settle for anything less.