Impeach Bush Now!

It is informative to read excerpts from the 1974 Justice Committee after the Watergate fiasco.

Especially pertinent are the quotes from our founding fathers who explained their understanding of the role of impeachment proceedings.

As Edmund Randolph explained:

“The Executive will have great opportunitys of abusing his power; particularly in time of war when the military force, and in some respects the public money will be in his hands. Should no regular punishment be provided it will be irregularly inflicted by tumults & insurrections.”

In times of War? Does that include wars against “terrorism”?

Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 65 described the subject of impeachment as

“…those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”

Would this include perjury in testimony to a Grand Jury? Would this include perjury in testimony by an Attorney General who cannot remember? Would this include wiretapping when it is illegal to do so? Would this include Signing Statements that are injurious to the intention of Congress? Would this include rendition, torture, and suspension of Habeas Corpus? Perhaps.

How about this comment from the Committee:

“In the same convention George Mason argued that the President might use his pardoning power to “pardon crimes which were advised by himself” or, before indictment or conviction, “to stop inquiry and prevent detection.” James Madison responded:

[I]f the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds tp believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty…”

Pardoning power to pardon crimes that were advised by himself? Would this include commutation of a sentence before a single day in jail is served by an assistant to the Vice-President? What about that?

How about this comment:

“But he (James Iredell in the North Carolina convention) went on to argue that the President

Must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate. He is to regulate all intercourse with foreign powers, and it is his duty to impart to the Senate every material intelligence he receives. If it should appear that he has not given them full information, but has concealed important intelligence which he ought to have communicated, and by that means induced them to enter into meansures injurious to their country, and which they would not have consented to had the true state of things been disclosed to them, – in this case, I ask whether, upon an impeachment for a misdemeanor upon such an account, the Senate would probably favor him.”

Would that include a State of the Union Address that misrepresented the yellow cake that Iraq never sought? Would that make discrediting Wilson and Plame important enough to out a CIA Agent?
Would that be an impeachable offense?

And could removal of U.S. Attorneys who were qualified for their position for pure political motives justify impeachment?

The Justice Committee reminded us:

“Madison argued during the debate that the president would be subject to impeachment for “the wanton removal of meritorious officers.”

Or as another framer, Abraham Baldwin stated:

“If, said Baldwin, the President “in a fit of passion” removed” all the good officers of the Government” and the Senate were unable to choose qualified successors, the consequence would be that the President “would be obliged to do the duties himself; or, if he did not, we would impeach him, and turn him out of office, as he had done others.”

It is time to turn this President and this Vice-President out of office. They have failed to uphold the Constitution, provided false information to Congress and the American people, pardoned criminals who might implicate themselves in crimes, and turned out of office qualified individuals from offices of Government. They have failed to follow the laws of Congress and with Signing Statements have asserted their superiority over the laws of the land.

America deserves better. The founding fathers understood that there are times that require impeachment. The order today to Harriet Miers to not appear at a Congressional Hearing further implicates this President in an impeachable crime.

This is not about whether Democrats have enough votes to win. This is not about Democrats and Republicans. This is about the future of the Republic. Our nation, our laws, and our country is at stake. It is time for patriots to speak out!

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About Robert Freedland

A concerned American and supporter of Senator John Kerry, I am the author of the blog "John Kerry for President 2008". I am also the author of the stock market investing blog, "Stock Picks Bob's Advice".
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12 Responses to Impeach Bush Now!

  1. Right on, Robert. We just need to keep up a steady drumbeat. Eventually, somebody in Congress will jump in front of the parade and pretend like they’re leading it.

    We have a critical mass, in terms of “selling” the idea. When over 60% support it, you will see action. 66% and we ought to see the deed done.

    Strange as it may seem, “representation” is still at the heart of our relationship with congress. They tried the “Now, junior, behave yourself!” approach. And we’re still at it and our numbers are swelling by the day.

    Happily, Bush is showing an astonishing facility for cooperating with the movement.

  2. BlueWashington says:

    I have no problem impeaching shrub, and while we’re at it – throw in shooter. Are there enough votes in the Senate to convict? I kinda don’t think so.
    This is the same bunch that won’t stop this ‘going no where’ war. We have a problem.

  3. Blue W

    Shooter goes first!

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  5. rocco says:

    george bush should be held in the highest regard for not caving in stay the course we will win too bad there couldnt be a third term

  6. Darrell Prows says:

    rocco: he is held in the highest regard! By you and a couple of others. Enjoy!

  7. Darrell Prows says:

    It’s finally starting to get good. I knew that the Clinton “impeachment” was going nowhere because there was no atmosphere fueled by highly intelligent comment on the subject like this.

    There was a barrage of excellent commentary aimed at Nixon, and I can only believe that this piece is at the front edge of the coming onslaught. When the people want the removal of a President it will come and we now have a growing momentum in the right direction.

    (I guess I’m still leaning towards a “two fer”.)

  8. rocco says:

    thank you darell hopefully people will come around and get behind this great president.

  9. Darrell Prows says:

    I would suggest that you hold your breath until it happens, but that would be mean.

  10. battlebob says:

    In the immortal words of A. Lincoln…
    Go see a play!

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  12. LYONSPOTTER says:

    If you want to watch a video that highlights the current president’s hypocrisy, watch this!

    …the conflict between Bush’s actions and his stated religious beliefs.