You didn’t stop Nixon. Or Clinton. Or Bush.
And look what ya got for it now.
You were too tired, or weak, or out of outrage to put Nixon in the dock, and make the nation face the enormity of his crimes. You attempted to oust Clinton over lying about getting his pee pee gummed, instead of for ordering children to be burned to death in Waco. You quivered in the face of that petty tyrant from Texas, and Bush drove this country into the ground.
It is time for serious people (sit down, Tea Party) to realize that there are things a president can do, and things he cannot. He cannot wake up one morning and decide to go to war and do so without consulting Congress. In fact, there’s a dandy quote about it:
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
Libya doesn’t threaten the US, other than perhaps our sense of decency. There is no justifiable reason to be killing civilians in Yafran – or anywhere else for that matter- and certainly not when you piss on the Constitution to do it. Or when you ignore similar circumstances in Bahrain and Yemen. Now we all want the people in Libya- and everywhere else- to be free. That is not the point.
The point is, the President, like all others in recent memory, broke the law. For two years we watched as mobs accused him of everything under the sun, 99% false, yattering on about Marxism (uh, Goldman Sachs doesn’t invest in communists, as a rule), about his “unconstitutional” health care act (it’s not, btw. It’s just a good idea badly done.) And now that he actually has done something unconstitutional, something impeachable, we’re going to give him a pass. Fox News railed about his jetting off to Rio while the bombs fell in Libya, and as always, they preach the wrong point. The problem isn’t that he wasn’t active enough- it was that he acted alone.
So why is the Tea Party largely quiet about this? Why is Sarah Palin agreeing with Obama? Here is the perfect opportunity to do what you say you want- oust Obama- and you won’t take it. And we all now why. Because you can’t. Because since the time of our worst President ever, Harry Truman, the President knows that he can wage war without really consulting much of anyone, if he doesn’t want to. Or if you do, you just lie to justify your actions, so you might as well keep quiet. Nixon did it, Reagan, Bush. All your heroes. So now, when a man you despise uses American force to secure yet another oil-rich Middle Eastern country, you look the other way.
But whom I’m really talking to are those of you with the “YES WE DID” stickers. Those of you who somehow, even now, cling to the notion that you elected a good man to the White House. You didn’t. In this day and age it seems improbable that a good man will ever sit in the Oval Office again. So when Obama ambles out of the White House – in 2016 – you just sit there and watch President Huckanut, or Palin nuke Iran with their left hand while their right hand still warms the Bible at the swearing in.
YES WE DID…nothing.