I am talking, of course, about the ever more frequently voiced desire of the Democrats to impeach President Bush for listening in on phone calls that foreign terrorists have made to persons within the US, all done without warrants. While this might be considered a crime if the actual targets were Americans and not foreign enemies of the US who are bent on killing us all this view might have a leg to stand on, but considering what the program actually it is nothing more than the mad rantings of power hungry people who are bitter over the loss of the control they once had over the Union.
But why do I call it hypocrisy?
When Bill Clinton obstructed justice and committed perjury it was many of these same people who were making excuses for him and were calling the Republican effort to impeach him nothing but a bunch of grandstanding designed to make the President look bad. Well, Clinton sure didn’t need the Republicans to do that for him, he did it quite well himself. His was the most scandal-ridden presidency in a long time, if not of all time. Put simply, the Democrats readily supported a man who was a known criminal, as well as a man who allegedly committed fraud and rape. A man who was a known philanderer. A man who used the IRS to intimidate his opponents. A man who did so more, so much worse than authorizing a wiretapping program that targets foreign terrorists in an effort to keep them from killing us here at home.
The truly stupid thing is that if President Bush had never authorized this wiretapping program, and the terrorists successfully attacked us and killed a bunch of people again the way they did on 9/11, these same Democrats would be screaming that the President is incompetent because he did not go far enough to protect the American people, and he needs to be impeached for it. Don’t bother denying this point. Anyone with even the most passing knowledge of politics knows this is true.
So I see a horde of liberals frothing at the mouth looking for any excuse to try to destroy a remarkably successful, though overly secretive President. It seems like the ones in the know are terrified that President Bush will get credit for the good things he has done rather than a Democrat who follows after him. What’s worse (for them) is the possibility that if they don’t do everything in their power to make America tired of Republican leadership then the republicans will get credit for all the good things that have been done instead of the Democrats. They are, of course, only too happy to credit Republicans with anything bad they can think of. If the President and the Republican party in general are allowed to stay be in power when we pull out of Iraq, when people realize that the economy is incredibly good, when people realize that education really is improving, when people notice that women and minorities are succeeding in steadily greater numbers, then the Democrats stand to lose power for the next 50 years. This is the one thing that terrifies them more than anything else because they want to control the country. This is partisanship at it purest, it is why I was a registered independent with absolutely NO party affiliation until 2001 when I became a Republican so I could effectively oppose the Democrats and actually stand a chance of making a difference politically. This is what happens when a political party becomes more concerned with power than with taking care of the nation.
This hypocritical, power-mad behavior will doom the Democrats if it continues. Their lack of rational responses to some very legitimate mistakes made by the Bush administration and by the Republican controlled Congress will cost them in the 2006 elections. This behavior will cause them to fail where they should have been able to succeed easily.
Personally, I’m just disgusted by it all.