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    It could be a result of one-party rule.  But of course, Nixon and Reagan earned impeachment facing down very big Democratic majorities in the House, and on-and-off majorities in the Senate.  Part of the shock of Bush's latest royal power-grab is its superfluousness -- if he'd come to the Congress he controlled and asked for expanded wiretap powers, I don't doubt that he would have gotten what he wanted.

    It may just be the GOP, but I don't think it's enough to simply denounce the hucksters and criminals in their camp, although that's necessary.  I see government being more isolated, more secretive, more elite and distant from ordinary Americans -- I grew up in California, and frankly that's also what happened to the Davis administration, as well.

    At this point, I'll be surprised if the next president doesn't face a potential impeachment.  Maybe we should just accept that as part of the deal, now, but at a gut level it seems to me that if Congress is having to spend so much time every few years on impeachment, you're not getting to address the actual issues you want and need to work on.  It seems to me that very fundamental change is necessary in American politics -- the current system is showing too many signs of breakdown and failure to just be coincidence.  I think expanding beyond 2 parties would be the milder prescription -- the harsh one would be rethinking the basic Constitutional structure of government, essentially saying that the structure devised 225 years ago no longer works.  In comparison with that, breaking open the 2-party monopoly -- say, allowing ballot fusion, preference-based voting systems, expanding the number of Members of Congress -- would constitute minor tinkering.

    "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

    by Pesto on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 01:13:09 PM PST

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