What Jimmy Breslin Says

3 comments July 22nd, 2007at 09:11pm Posted by Eli

He must be older than God by now, but he’s still got it:

I am walking in Rosedale on this day early in the week while I wait for the funeral of Army soldier Le Ron Wilson, who died at age 18 in Iraq. He was 17 1/2 when he had his mother sign his enlistment papers at the Jamaica recruiting office. If she didn’t, he told her, he would just wait for the months to his 18th birthday and go in anyway. He graduated from Thomas Edison High School at noon one day in May. He left right away for basic training. He came home in a box last weekend. He had a fast war.

The war was there to take his life because George Bush started it with bold-faced lies.

If Bush did this in Queens, he would be in court on Queens Boulevard on a murder charge.

He did it in the White House, and it is appropriate, and mandatory for the good of the nation, that impeachment proceedings be started. You can’t live with lies. You can’t permit them to be passed on as if it is the thing to do.

Yesterday, Bush didn’t run the country for a couple of hours while he had a colonoscopy at the presidential retreat, Camp David. He came out of it all right. He should now take his good health and go home, quit a job he doesn’t have a clue as to how to do.

The other day, Bush said he couldn’t understand why in the world would some people say that millions of Americans have no health insurance. “Why, all they have to do is go to the emergency room,” he said.

Said this with the smirk, the insolent smug, contemptuous way he speaks to citizens.

People, particularly these politicians, these frightened beggars in suits, seem petrified about impeachment. It could wreck the country. Ridiculous. I’ve been around this business twice and we’re all still here and no politician was even injured. Richard Nixon lied during a war and helped get some 58,500 Americans killed and many escaped by hanging onto helicopter skids. Nixon left peacefully. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the Democratic Senate majority leader, said on television that the Senate impeachment trial of Nixon would be televised and there would be no immunity. That meant Nixon would have to face the country under oath and if he lied he would go to prison. He knew he was finished as he heard this. Mansfield said no more. He got up and left. Barbara Walters, on the “Today” show, said, “He doesn’t say very much, does he?

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This time, we have dead bodies involved. Consider what is accomplished by the simple power of the word impeachment. If you read these broken-down news writers or terrified politicians claiming that an impeachment would leave the nation in pieces, don’t give a moment to them.

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[A]n investigator – the mind here sees George Mitchell and Warren Rudman, and you name me better – can slap a hand on the slitherers and sneaks who have kept us in war for five years and who use failing generals to beg for more time and more lives of our young. A final word in September? Two years more, the generals and Bush people say.

Say impeachment and you’ll get your troops home.

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[I]n Washington we had this Bush, and it is implausible to have anyone who is this dumb running anything, smirking at his country…. On his PBS television show the other night, Bill Moyers said he was amazed at Sara Taylor of the White House staff saying that she didn’t have to talk to a congressional committee because George Bush had ordered her not to. “I took an oath to uphold the president,” she said.

That president had been in charge of a government that kidnapped, tortured, lied, intercepted mail and calls, all in the name of opposing people who are willing to kill themselves right in front of you. You have to get rid of a government like this. Ask anybody in Rosedale, where Le Ron Wilson wanted to live his young life. His grave speaks out that this is an impeachable offense.

Okay, I just checked; Breslin will be 77 this fall, and Broder will be 78. Broder’s brain has turned to mush, and Breslin’s… hasn’t.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Impeachment,Iraq,Media,Politics,Republicans

3 Comments

  • 1. PoliShifter  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 12:41 am

    I like the title of his piece – Impeach George Bush to stop war lies, deaths

    I was checking out his wiki entry, not that wiki is the end all be all of factual info, but it appears he had a little controversy in 1990, not that that should detract from his piece

  • 2. Ruth  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 7:43 am

    The ‘threat of chaos’ in objecting to impeachment is too much like the insistence that withdrawing our troops from Iraq will result in chaos. Chaos is what we have already. Taking a step to fix it can’t bring worse than what we’ve got. And impeachment is much preferable to lawless executive branch behavior.

  • 3. Karin  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 8:13 am

    I’m so glad someone pointed this piece out to me yesterday-I was under the impression Breslin had retred. He did write a farewell column in Newsday at one point-but I guess he couldn’t stay away.


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