OK folks, this one is being written off of the cuff so I apologize in advance for any poor writing or editing errors which might show up in this. Later, if I am not physically ill, I might spend some time on it... then again, maybe not.
On March 26, only two months after Barack Obama had been sworn in as President, I wrote and posted an article here on Newsvine. I also wrote an email to friends and family about the article with this message:
"I proudly voted for Barack Obama for President of the United States. I never thought that I would so soon think that impeachment for violation of his Constitutional Oath of Office should be discussed. I feel sick and ashamed of my country.
Right now I am feeling that there is no point in continuing giving a damn about any of it. I am about ready to unplug my TV, turn off my computer, crawl into my dark room and only come out to get a book, relieve myself and maybe eat. Our national evil has now passed to ANOTHER administration and I don't know if I can take it.
I do NOT want anyone to call me or pester me about talking about this. My own words in the past and the news are very clear and speak for themselves. I am tired and I literally want to vomit. I don't think that this bridge can be unburned. Now I just want the whole thing to collapse and get it over with. I am still waiting for that meteor to land on me and save me from all of it."
Yes, that was me in March when I first believed it might be appropriate to investigate whether or not Obama should be impeached. Not for some far-right extremists cries for his head for any and everything he does... for even simply existing and holding the office of President; not for some lunatic conspiracy theories but rather for legitimate constitutional reasons. Was I the first Obama supporter to raise the issue of impeachment? I personally believe that when a candidate makes campaign promises they are creating an oral contractual agreement with their constituents... "You elect me and I will DO these things, and / or make my best EFFORT to accomlish these goals". They don't necessarily have to SUCCEED at what they promised but they DO have to at least fight for those things. I said in the 1990s that those Republicans who signed the 'Contract With America' should have had class action lawsuits filed against them for BREACH of Contract. Until we hold our politicians accountable for what they say to us when they are running for office, what is their motivation to change their relationship with those that they ask for their votes?
I was watching The Daily Show tonight (because both Countdown and The Rachel Maddow Show were supplanted with non-stop crap about the death of Michael Jackson... big deal... NOT news) and Jon Stewart was talking about how Obama, a former teacher of Constitutional Law, thinks that it is appropriate to block access to information about Dick Cheney because HE MIGHT BE MADE FUN OF. After that, Stephen Colbert did his Word of the Day segment about Obama's failure to keep promises that he made on gay issues... and his latest is being done almost exactly 40 years after New York's Stonewall riots.
I was going to list categories of Obama's broken promises (on government transparency, on the 'war', on Guantanamo, on torture, abortion rights, on pretty much everything) but it would already fill a book to try to do so. Instead, I copied links to legitimate news stories (mostly, if not all, from the left or neutral positions). These stories are NOT by Obama haters. They are by people who supported him and are feeling betrayed or by neutral news sources. Here are some of them so that you can read them for yourselves:
Now, I want to take a slight shift here and lecture to those on the far right, the conservative extremists who hate Obama and would no matter what he does... especially Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You have already made yourselves irrelevant to any but those who already agree with you. You spent eight years with your nose shoved up George Bush's ass and, no matter what he did, you defended him. The problem with news in America is NOT bias. Bias itself is not bad... as long as it comes with honesty. I do not watch Kieth Olbermann because I agree with what he says. I watch Keith Olbermann because when he makes an attack on someone he backs it up with verifiable documentation as to when something happened, and what the context is. I would watch a conservative Olbermann as well, if there were one, but there isn't. The far right media long ago abandoned honesty and integrity when they were on the side of those in power. Because of HOW they tried to defend Bush and attack his critics, they cannot be accepted as legitimate voices of opposition now. Opposition is NOT about blindy attacking who or what you hate, it is about journalistically showing why your opposition is valid. It is also about supporting what someone you are in opposition to does that is acceptable and ONLY attacking them when they are legitimately in the wrong. The far right has no concept of how to fulfill the necessary role of 'loyal opposition' so they simply attack blindly and maliciously in the simple hope of hurting... someone. What they don't see is that they don't have to make up ANYTHING because there are so many legitimate and supportable reasons to attack that all they are doing is showing how devoid of integrity or intelligence THEY are. All they have to do is investigate and tell the stories that they can back up and let the rest go.
I know that it is a mantra of the far right to hate Olbermann and the "liberal media", but he backs his attacks up with who, what, where, when, why, and how... he gives names, dates and places to allow us, his viewers to verify what he is reporting to us.. The other thing that the far right misses is that most journalist on the left will not cover up for the side that they support when it is in the wrong. When Obama screws us all, the legitimate media which supported him will also openly and publicly denounce him when he is wrong. IT ISN'T ABOUT BIAS, IT IS ABOUT HONESTY!
I voted for Barack Obama as President. I did what I don't do... I trusted a politician... and I trusted the Democratic Party to actually change things and push hard to the left in order to shift American back to the middle. I was not wrong to vote as I did. I voted for who I believed would be best as President. I voted for who I was willing to take a chance on but, unlike most people I know on the far right, I am intellectually honest enough that I will say when the emperor has no clothes... even the emperor I supported. The are many things that make politics in America the shame it is. One of them is when people put their own personal egos above honesty about those they support. What is important now is NOT how those who were in opposition to Obama criticize him, it is how those of us who supported him criticize him.
I am going to quit writing this now. I could probably go forever about this but if my point hasn't already been made and understood, more words won't change that. To anyone who wants to comment on this article, this is NOT a forum for hit-and-run drive-by comments from the left OR the right. I don't want to hear from anyone on the right making blanket attacks or smears saying that "lefties' or 'libs / liberals' or 'Democrats' are ALL like something and neither do I want to hear anyone from the left making blanket attacks saying that 'right wingers" or 'conservative nuts jobs' or 'Republicans / Repubs' are all like something. I don't want to hear anyone from either side making some 'clever' play on words, like 'Repukes' to describe the other side. America needs both liberals AND conservative, Republicans AND Democrats. It isn't whole sides who are to blame, it is specific, usually extremist ends of different ideologies that are what most people REALLY hate. And don't attack those you disagree with JUST BECAUSE you disagree with them, attack or mock someone for being a moron, for writing something stupid that they can't document or support. It is much more effective to challenge someone to prove what they make claims about that it is to just hate them. So, talk about specific promise he has broken or WHY you think it is good that he broke a specific one; talk about the law and The Constitution; talk about... God, just talk like you have a God-damned brain in that head of yours.
Rhys M. Blavier
"Truth, Justice and Honor… but, above all, Honor"
© Copyright 2009 by Rhys M. Blavier
Thank you for reading this article. Please read my other articles and let me know what you think. I am writing them not to preach or to hear myself think but to try to create dialogs, debates and discussions on the nature of our government and how we can build upon and improve it based on what we have seen and learned over the course of the 225 years of The American Experiment.