04 July 2007


Even Richard Nixon knew it was time to resign.
Would that you could say that, Mr. Bush. And that
you could say it for Mr. Cheney. You both crossed
the Rubicon yesterday. Which one of you chose the
route no longer matters. Which is the ventriloquist,
and which the dummy, is irrelevant. But that you
have twisted the machinery of government into
nothing more than a tawdry machine of politics is
the only fact that remains relevant.

It is nearly July Fourth, Mr. Bush, the
commemoration of the moment we Americans
decided that rather than live under a king who
made up the laws, or erased them, or ignored
them -- or commuted the sentences of those
rightly convicted under them -- we would force
our independence and regain our sacred freedoms.

We of this time -- and our leaders in Congress, of
both parties -- must now live up to those
standards which echo through our history.
Pressure, negotiate, impeach: get you, Mr. Bush,
and Mr. Cheney, two men who are now perilous to
our democracy, away from its helm.

And for you, Mr. Bush, and for Mr. Cheney, there is
a lesser task. You need merely achieve a very low
threshold indeed. Display just that iota of
patriotism which Richard Nixon showed on August
9th, 1974.