So here's the "liberal" idea of good TV. Get three people, two liberals and one conservative, who agree on a topic to discuss the topic. Pretty dumb, huh? I mean, where's the excitement, where's the screaming? Well, I was doing some of the screaming, but not at anyone on the screen. I was screaming stuff like "What about Alberto?" and "Can the Democrats get past that jellyfish Pelosi?"
The TV show is Bill Moyers' Journal, which aired last night. Since it's on PBS, it will be repeated a jillion times, though exactly when on what station near you is homework you'll have to do on your own. The three people were Moyers himself, former Reagan Justice Department official Bruce Fein and author John Nichols from the magazine The Nation, both pictured below.
While they all agreed that impeachment is a wonderful tool put into the Constitution for reasons we are seeing abundantly clearly right now, each man came at it from a somewhat different angle. Moyers played devil's advocate as the host from time to time, asking the questions someone from Fox News might ask, with the main difference being he let the people speak after he asked the question. Obviously, he believes impeachment is a good idea. It's his show and he invited two guys on to talk about it for an hour and he didn't call them pinheads or cut off their microphones. Of course, those are the tactics of another Bill, and the other Bill considers Bill Moyers a threat and a traitor.
Remember when manners meant something?
John Nichols brought up that a group of Democrats went to Tip O'Neill in 1974 and wanted to continue the impeachment even after Nixon resigned, with the idea that future residents of the White House should know what the impeachable offenses were, to make sure they wouldn't be repeated. O'Neill said no, which is understandable given the political climate of the time. You kind of wish he had said yes.
Wanting the war in Iraq to be over is still played as a "far left" idea by reporters in Washington, even though it is an idea held by 70% of the public right now. It was our idea first, but it's not ours alone anymore. Impeachment is supposed to be a "far left" idea now, but only if we ignore Constitution lovers like the conservatives Fein, Paul Craig Roberts and Bob Barr.
Madame Speaker, take back your blanket statement. You can give one of those "after difficult consideration and much prayerful consideration" speeches. People love those. Let the impeachment of Alberto Gonzales begin, and follow it with the impeachments of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.
It's really important. Without a strong legislative body, our Republic will collapse into a monarchy.