Gerald Ford did a monumental disservice to my country when he pardoned Richard Nixon.
By so doing, Ford prevented any investigation and thorough public discussion of the Nixon atrocities. Worse, he negated any deterrents that such an investigation would have had on future Presidential misdeeds. This has serious ramifications at the present. I firmly believe that Ford has given comforting precedent to the people who subverted the workings of our Constitutional checks and balances...And...I believe that the future of our Country depends on us enduring the investigation of the many transgression of the Bush and Cheney years.
We have been lied to repeatedly. We have been harmed.
The suppression and harassment of scientists and their warnings have lost us precious years in the fight against global warming. Climate meltdown will be far more severe than we were led to believe and Bush knew it. He did the same thing with the scientific reports telling him that the Southwest United States face serious and permanent dewatering by 2050 as he did with his briefing, "Osama Bin Laden determined to strike inside the United States."
Now we are finding out that Bush simply lied about his domestic Spy program. Bush stated that only Americans who have been talking with terrorists overseas were eavesdropped on without a warrant. That is as bold a lie as a President has ever told the American people. Who was targeted?
...Everyone, but especially journalists and news organizations.
It is a fundamental tenet of American democracy that the electorate must be informed. Without accurate information, we the people cannot make good decisions and cast our votes responsibly. Anyone who stands in the way of telling citizens the truth is a traitor.
The time has come to shine a light into the crevasses that the Bush Administration has hidden the truth, not so much that we may punish George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, however deserving, but so that we may deter the most powerful people in the entire world from lying to us ever again.
Let the investigations begin. Let the chips fall where they may. There is no reason on earth why we should know more about a stained blue dress, than we do about our stained Constitution.
This will be a test of our strength as a Nation.
The damning NSA Whistleblower interview on Olbermann