Thursday, June 16, 2005

House Party

John Conyers (D-MI) just finished holding a forum on the Downing Street memo and associated evidence of presidential malfeasance. As you all know, we face the increasingly real possibility that the Bush administration decided -- on its own -- to go to war long in advance of any public discussion or decision. It may even be that his administration manipulated intelligence in order to bolster the case for war. If that is the case, then the President lied, and he lied about the most serious of matters.

I am not saying that the President did lie. We don't know what happened. But, precisely for that reason we know what needs to happen now. The White House must address these questions publicly and fully; the President must satisfy the doubts and justify his action. A healthy democracy is a transparent democracy, and its leaders are accountable for their decisions. Unfortunately, the President's Press Secretary indicated that the President has no intentions of entering into dialogue with his fellow citizens: "This is simply rehashing old debates that have already been discussed,"
he said. That's simply stonewalling; there has been no discussion, no debate. Congressman Conyers held the forum and wrote an open letter to President Bush in order to start this conversation. He wants to make public this shadowy affair. All I'm asking for is that I can confidently trust my leader. But trust requires communication, and we need to begin that openess.

What can you do? House party. CSPAN 2 is airing the forum again tomorrow night -- Friday -- at 8 pm EST. Why don't you gather with your friends and families to watch it? Let's learn about the questions and about what we need to do to get answers. Bring a date, order some pizza; sit around, watch, and talk. Let's be a democracy. Nothing wrong with having a party while doing it.

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