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But we must realize that it will do little good to get rid of him, -even impeach him- if the internal desires that put him in place, and have kept him there- the popular needs that he fulfilled- remain uninspected, hidden.
Didn't the same thing happen with Watergate? When Nixon resigned, everyone gave each other a pat on the back, said "check and balances worked, all is well", and went on about their business as if nothing had happened. I see the same thing happening with Bush, except that it's possible that checks and balances won't even have worked (except for the term limits constitutional amendment). And that worries me.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 26th, 2006 at 04:56:51 PM EST
When Nixon resigned, everyone gave each other a pat on the back, said "check and balances worked, all is well", and went on about their business as if nothing had happened.

That isn't how I see it. Methinks Nixon's resignation ultimately led to Carter's election, but facing the worsening crisis of the end seventies, people got fed up with reality and gave up, turning to fantasy (Star Wars, disco and pop music, makeup, supply-side economics), and elected Reagan.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Dec 26th, 2006 at 05:08:04 PM EST
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A while ago, Santorum made an analogy with The Lord of The Rings on the subject of the War on Terror. When I read that, it came to me that the "conservative" movement, as a whole, was engaged in a sort of role playing game, only using reality as a platform...

Happyness is not virtue's reward but virtue itself Spinoza
by caribeyandino on Tue Dec 26th, 2006 at 10:07:45 PM EST
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Watergate entailed a long list of serious crimes; only the most superficial were ever investigated, let alone prosecuted.  

The underlying structure that made the abuses possible was left in place.  Not an accident, I think.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 05:05:26 AM EST
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I suppose I am referring to Ford's words "Our long national nightmare is over".

When the same words are uttered about Bush, I won't believe them either unless the Democrats set about undoing Bush's damage, which they won't because the imperial presidency is very convenient, if only you hold it.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 06:12:29 AM EST
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Me too. I see no real resolution coming down the road, and the reality of torture and vast deception as a tacitly accepted national policy coming. It worries me a lot.
I want to look beyond the surface to the layer where we are vulnerable to the kinds of appeals that can sell a lump like GWB to us as chief decider and role model.

It's not them. It's us.
We bought the package, again, --and have for a long time been willing to buy into little mechanisms that help us to hide, to forget.
Anybody remember the bombing of Cambodia? A million dead, perhaps more, and all the while our pres. was standing in front of the cameras and lying to us, saying --"Cambodia is not a combatant in this conflict,  and we would never attack  a non-combatant."
More bombs dumped on cambodia than on all of Europe in WWII.
The French press, and others told the story, over and over, --but we hid somewhere. Where exactly was that?  

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 11:54:02 AM EST
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