Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Democrats' Continuing Disgrace

Congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiary Committee, continues to be the most significant Democratic gatekeeper preventing serious consideration of impeachment. In this he is apparantly doing the bidding of Speaker Pelosi for political points. Impeachment supporters and activists in the group Code Pink along with Cindy Sheehan have even gotten arrested attempting to publicize Conyers' stubborn refusal to allow consideration of impeachment.

Now, Jean Damu and Alona Clifton come to the defense of John Conyers with another unfortunate example of the phenomenon that occurs when people who identify themselves by race and color close ranks to protect themselves against criticism from others who they don't identify with. Demu and Clifton are attacking the legitimate criticism of Conyers' failure to be a profile of couage as "racism." This kind of turning the defense into the offence has now become itself a classic neo-racist tactic. One has to give Damu and Clifton credit for the adroit use of rhetoric to turn a discussion of impeachment in to thier racist attack on the so-called "white left."

In a gutsy demonstration of idiotic logic, Damu and Clifton state that Conyers's should be excused "because he determined the political will did not exist within
Congress to impeach the president." Excuse me!? They then go on to claim what a great congressman Conyers is because every year -- even knowing the political will does not exist within Congress to approve a reparations bill -- Conyers introduces the bill (this year H.R. 40) anyway. If Conyers can introduce a reparations bill every year knowing it will fail, then certainly Conyers can introduce an impeachment bill one time knowing that this is the one and only time it can be introducedwhether it fails or not!

Damu and Clifton even ask "What does impeaching George Bush have to do with ending
the war in Iraq?" Well, if that is not obvious to them, then they have no business writing political commentary at all. Either they are deaf and blind or they are just plain pretenders of ignorance.

Sorry, but not every criticism of an African American is racist and not this one either. And Camu and Cliftons' dumb remarks only prove the speciousness of their racist attack. Turning the valid criticism of Conyers cowardice into a racial issue is just unconscionable.

Every one of Conyers' excuses for why he won't proceed with impeachment are just plain lame and bogus, especially in the face of the public support for impeachment, much less considering that it is just the right thing to do to defend the Constitution whether or not the majority of the House recognize it. Let the majority of Gongress vote against it if that is the legacy of history that they want to leave. Today, however, it is Conyers and the Democratic leadership, especially Speaker Pelosi, who are leaving the legacy of failure to defend the Constitution and ultimately just setting the stage for future presidents to act as Bush has done!

For another critique see

Gregory Wonderwheel

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