You know, I really don’t have the obsessive desire to see bush and Cheney frogmarched, wearing orange jumpsuits and chains, that many others have. To me, it’s just the right thing to do, to preserve the system. We have to preserve what we have, and we have to serve notice on others in the future, that a complete disregard for the law and an insane level of incompetence will not be tolerated.
Seriously, look at the standard we have now.
Right now, you can advocate for torture; you can place as many unqualified cronies as you want in high government office; you can siphon trillions of dollars to your largest contributors; you can spy on the American people, invade a country based on lies; you can attach little statements to every bill you sign into law, declaring that you are an exception to that law; you can hide everything you did by claiming "executive privilege" when there is none; and you can tell every judge who rules against you to basically kiss your ass, and you, Mrt. President, are in no danger of being impeached, because with all of your faults, you didn’t have consensual oral sex with an intern over the age of 18.
I’m sorry, but we need to impeach these two. Period. They are incompetent, and they have shown a complete and utter disregard for the rule of law, and the Constitution they swore to uphold.
But there’s another reason, folks. If we let them get out of Washington without holding an impeachment trial, there is a good chance that we may never find out what happened while Bush was president, because he will be able to pardon everyone involved.
But if they’re impeached, get this…
Bush may not be able to pardon anyone who might be involved in the impeachment.
From the US Constitution, Article II, Section 2:
The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the
United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called
into the actual service of the United States; he may require the
opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive
departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their
respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and
pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of
Yes, that’s right. If we impeach Bush and Cheney, Bush can’t possibly pardon either one of them.
It’s also possible to read that another way. If he’s impeached, wouldn’t the above section also preclude Bush from pardoning anyone who might be called as a witness to their impeachment?
We simply cannot allow these people to get away with this. I don’t care if they stall for months, and i don’t care if they’re not convicted until January 19, 2009. This has to be done, for the preservation of our system.