Pessimist that I am, I had this thought: Assume the worst. It's Wednesday morning, and George Bush has been re-elected president of the United States. If such an unhappy situation comes to pass, are you willing to sit quietly and be enormously frustrated for another four years? Or do you think some action might need to be taken? Do you think we would need to organize and form a continuous series of protests, both in our own major cities and in Washington, D.C.? Do you think we will need to start a serious writing/calling/e-mailing campaign for Bush's impeachment? (Please don't ask "On what basis?" If you don't already know, you might want to check this out. Any number of things point to this administration's corruption and gross incompetence.) I don't know about you, but I don't think I could just sit and take it for another four years. I'd either have to get politically involved in some kind of movement like this, or I'd have to move out of the country. Probably the bulk of you are too young to remember Nixon's forced resignation, but it came more than anything else because the dissenters and protesters made such a huge amount of noise that it became impossible for him to get anything done. People wrote and called their congressmen demanding an impeachment. And I think that's what we would need to do here: make it impossible for the Congress to function as long as Bush is president. A side-issue here is the line of succession. Obviously, we'd have to include Cheney in any impeachment procedure. We sure don't want to see him sitting in the catbird seat. And we'd probably want to include some of Bush's war architects (Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Ashcroft) in the festivities as well. That still doesn't leave us in a terrific place: Speaker Dennis Hastert would assume the president's role. I think, however, that any such protest/impeachment effort -- especially if it was similar in scope to the one Nixon faced -- would throw a big enough scare into the neo-cons that it would make them behave themselves. At least for the remainder of the term. What do you think? Worth the effort? Or would we just whine and take it for another four years? Right now, this is just a philosophical exercise. In two days, it might be something we have to take seriously.