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Impeachment – Exercise Your Rights

Posted by Daniel on Monday, August 21, 2006

In 1998, the Republican-led Congress overwhelmingly voted to impeach then-President Bill Clinton. The charge was that of committing perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power during a grand juy investigation into his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Before Clinton, only two other presidents had been impeached:

Richard Nixon in 1974 for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of congress;

and

Andrew Johnson in 1868.

There just isn’t room here for all of the impeachment charges against Johnson, but you can read all about it at the link above.

Fast-forward to the present day. Again we see a President with an ego run amok. There is, however, a very big difference between those unfortunate prior three and the George W. Bush…This President is acting in conjunction with his Vice-President. Together they have not only broken their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution, they are clearly trying to rewrite the constitution.  What follows is a short list of impeachable acts committed by both Bush and Ceney.

Examples of reasons to impeach both Bush and Cheney are:

Bush intentionally misled Congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war against Iraq, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1001 and intentionally conspired with others to defraud the United States in connection with the war against Iraq in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371.

Bush admitted to ordering the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805.

Bush conspired to commit the torture of prisoners in violation of the UN Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention, which under Article VI of the Constitution are part of the “supreme Law of the Land”.

Bush acted to strip Americans of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access to legal counsel, without charge and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a U.S. citizen as an “enemy combatant”, all in subversion of law.

Bush rejected the limits established by the Constitution upon the Executive Branch, said limits reinforced by the Judiciary, through his unprecedented use of “signing statements”, spurning the the Legislative Branch’s exclusive power to make laws by exempting the Executive Branch from such laws.

Cheney encouraged, aided and abetted the actions of George W. Bush, failing his oath of office as Vice President to protect and defend the Constitution. He set up the Office of Special Plans to circulate raw intelligence reports directly to top officials and the media bypassing the normal analytical process; and pressured intelligence analysts to report his desired intelligence perspective.

Cheney also participated in and may have ordered the exposure of the classified identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative, in retribution for protected political speech.

The question of impeachment has been repeatedly brought up.  Overwhelmingly by the Democrats.  Lately, though, Republicans are now (in a soft squeaky voice) using the “I” word and some are testing the political waters with it.  

Has America grown so complacent over security that they are willing to allow this administration to remove their civil rights and break federal laws in order to do it?  Have we drunk the Kool-Aid?  Are we, as a nation of free-thinkers, allowing this administration tink for us?  Are we so self-involved that we tell Bush and Congress that we trust them with our lives?

Impeachment is an ugly process.  It makes this country look as though we are too stupid to vote for honest representation.  I personally don’t want the world to have to see the circus of 1998 repeated, however this administration has already shown it’s lack of honesty and integrity around the world.  

America, it’s time to impeach.  Sadly.  Again.

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