Thursday, November 09, 2006

Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi (and Anyone Else Who Might Be Listening)

The Election is Over: Why are You Still Here?

Speaker-Elect Pelosi,
It gives me a chill to address you that way; a long-awaited, much-overdue chill, but I at least got some good goose bumps out of it. I am writing to congratulate you on finally burrowing your way out of the dung heap that has been the U.S. Congress for so long. I truly believe that the Democratic Party will now begin to clear the way to true and desperately needed reforms. But I urge you not to drop the idea of impeaching the "president." "Accountability is un-American," said Berkeley Breathed in one of his Bloom County cartoons. Let's not let that be our nation's motto: or its epitaph. Bush and his lackeys have done enormous damage to our country's reputation abroad; they've pilfered the needle from our moral compass, made us less safe, less sure, less kind. They've destroyed our schools and encouraged the destruction of our environment. They've made many of us ashamed to be Americans. For all their lies and misdeeds, Bush and Co. should likely be tried for treason, but I'll be happy to start with a simple impeachment. Now is not the time to be magnanimous, despite the happy flush of victory. In times like these, just days after the most acrimonious election in recent history, forgiveness smacks of hypocrisy, particularly when those whom we forgive are unrepentant. We owe it to ourselves and the world to show that we do not suffer liars, criminals, bullies and cheats. Impeach him. Impeach Bush, then impeach Cheney, and only then can you truly begin to clean House (and Senate).

Thank you,