On second thought, indict the S.O.B.

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.


  1. brcarthey

    great commentary doug! but people like rush limbaugh and his “dildo-heads” will make things too difficult for anything of substance to occur.

    however, i think you’ll like the image from this link as it seems to be a good representation of your commentary.


    Blitz Carthey

    –If Descartes’ declaration, “I think, therefore I am,” were true, then this world should be a lot less crowded!

  2. ChescoRes

    Of COURSE that paragraph is signed simply “W”.

    Who among us could not imagine Bush basically calling HIMSELF incompetant and unworthy just to save his own ass from jail.

    Not sure if that was your intent, Warren, but you really cracked me up there.

  3. storky

    Yes, let’s continue to ignore the lessons of the past and re-repeat the failures.

    “Without justice, there can be no peace. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Towards Freedom.

  4. Janice

    We can not undo what has been done, but we can remedy the situation. The powers taken by the Bush administration must be returned, and the (bad=all) laws enacted must be removed. We need to restore our Constitution and repeal the bad legislation passed over the last many years. Then, we need to prosecute those who have broken laws. We are supposed to be a country where no one is above the law, and until we actively exercise this truth, the cancer called Bush will continue to eat away at our democracy.

    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

  5. Warren

    The solution is not recrimination and vengeance. That’s backward looking. The solution is to elect worthy people to office in the first place. Only when we wake up to the inherent and seductive evils of power will we start choosing honest and worthy representatives. Let’s look forward, not backward.


  6. BobCMU76

    I never had so much trouble with the man as with the over-the-top adoration of the glib, incurious, frat boy who longed to be one of the club of plutocrats, but just carried their water all his life.

    I don’t much care for the over-the-top adoration of the current President. And he’s still something of a cipher. Law Review… right out of the Paper Chase. I wonder who Obama’s Kingsfield is.

    Anyhow… to get on topic, I favor full inquiry into the crimes of the past several years, perhaps conviction, and then — and only then — pardon. Can’t let pardon take away the power of supoena and grand jury to force dark secrets into the open.

    But I think CPAC illustrates how the man is being punished. He’s being disowned by the faithful. Our sticks and stones he’s suffered for years. Their words…. hurt.