Congress is Back! Impeach Bush NOW! It’s Absolutely Necessary!

Over the weekend, I received the following very naive and shocking e-mail from, which I am re-posting in its entirety:


Dear Milt,

Congratulations on the fabulous and historic election of President Barack Obama!!!

As we celebrate our new President-elect and all the
changes he will bring to our nation, we must not turn a blind eye to
the final actions of George Bush.

Incredibly, Washington is already buzzing with Bush's plans to block all investigations of his crimes and even to pardon everyone involved – including Cheney and himself. Chris Matthews is even counting down the days .

Does Bush have the power to pardon everyone in his administration? Yes.

Will he abuse that power to stay out of jail? Only if we let him.

We must create a groundswell of opposition to any
pardons by George Bush, so he understands that he will be impeached and
prosecuted for issuing corrupt pardons.

Please help us launch a massive movement against pardons by signing our petition to Congress and telling your friends: (link removed)

We will announce additional plans to stop Bush's
pardons in the coming days. Read more about our efforts and join our
discussion here: (link removed)

Thanks for all you do!

Bob Fertik


Isn't that cute, folks?

Doesn't that just tug at the heartstrings? I mean, if we all make our voices heard, perhaps George W Bush will decide to forego his pending abuse of the executive power of the pardon, because he's afraid weRove_arrested

might impeach and prosecute him. They have the right idea, but getting a bunch of signatures on a petition simply won't do.

Look; if there is one thing we know about Bush and Cheney, it's that they don't care what we think about them at all.

Therefore, with Congress coming back to the Capitol from recess today, there is no reason to wait 65 more days; it's time to put forth articles of impeachment TODAY! It's not time to THREATEN impeachment; it's time to IMPEACH! And there is no time to waste.

There are stories all over the press regarding the petitions being sent to Bush regarding pardons for all sorts of criminals, all over the country, and even the world. But the criminals we need to be worried about are sitting in the White House, or have had access to the White House over the last eight years. We have to investigate these people; they have chosen to be secretive about everything they've done for the entire Bush Finger 3
Bush Administration, and we need to get to the bottom of it. It's not just about possible war crimes; it's about everything. Even if we choose not to frog march the lot of them, if we're to get at the information we need, we'll need leverage, and if Bush pardons everyone who has ever worked for his administration, we'll have to wait for the flood of books to come out, because investigators will never be able to get to the bottom of any of it.

Even if we don't hold an impeachment trial, or remove his sorry ass, Congress must pass at least one article of impeachment against George W. Bush. It's time to call your member of Congress, and demand that at least one article of impeachment be passed against George W. Bush, immediately. has the right idea, but come on; you can't threaten the Bushies; you have to act against them. Congress must impeach Bush TODAY, and prevent the mass of pardons that are absolutely certain, should they fail to act, and act immediately. We don't have 64 days; for all we know, Bush has already signed pardons for all of these people. We need to impeach him, to make sure they can't become valid.

The time to impeach was yesterday. But better late than never.


Congress is Back! Impeach Bush NOW! It’s Absolutely Necessary! — 9 Comments

  1. Scott,
    Yes, I’m telling you to get real. I don’t know if it WILL happen or not, but it SHOULD happen. There is only one way to be absolutely certain that Bush can’t pardon everyone involved in everything to do with his administration before the rest of us can investigate, that is by passing an impeachment article. I, and quite a few constitutional scholars disagree with you on the effectiveness of even one impeachment article. Think a little. Right now, Bush can actually pardon everyone in his administration, including himself, with a blanket pardon. If he’s under impeachment for one, or several “high crimes” and/or “misdemeanors,” at the very least, it would require him to specify potential crimes for which people are pardoned.
    Again; I don’t know if this will happen or not, but it SHOULD happen, and it should happen quickly. Kucinich’s impeachment is still out there, waiting to be taken up by the House. I think it’s time we encouraged Congress to take it up, if for no other reason than to make it impossible for these people to just skate, without having to at least testify truthfully. As of this moment, we knw very little of what this administration has actually done; if he pardons everyone involved, including a pardon for everything related to anything that might be uncovered in the future, there is no incentive for anyone to tell the truth, and to get to the bottom of all of this. I’m not saying we should drum his ass out of office with the impeachment; but we can prevent the blanket pardons that are coming very soon. And we should. Otherwise, future administrations might think they can get away with the same sorts of things.

  2. You are calling for impeachment, and you’re telling me to get real? You are saying that President Elect Obama has nothing to say about this — when clearly he has immense influence on the party and the leadership in the House and Senate. It is not “real” to think that Obama doesn’t have a huge influence on what the House does. Look, I’m sympathetic to your principles here but I guarantee you, it is not going to happen. It is outside the realm of possibility. I’m making an “is” not an “ought” statement there.
    Moreover, one impeachment article isn’t going to stop pardons (except self-pardon, only for the offense in the impeachment article). Seriously, let’s just find out what really happened, set up procedures so those things don’t happen again, let the history books record the truth, and focus on undoing the damage.

  3. Scott,
    Get real. We’re not even talking about a trial. All that has to be done is to pass one article of impeachment, just to prevent him from issuing a blanket pardon for everyone who ever worked in his administration.
    FYI, the Obama team has already announced plans for a fact-finding commission, to determine what happened during the last administration, including inquiries into the Bush stance on torture, etc. If we find evidence of serious crimes — and we will — it would be an even greater crime if Bush was to have pardoned everyone involved, possibly including himself — so that everyone involved could escape justice.
    I would also point out that President-Elect Obama has nothing to say about whether or not this is accomplished. He’s resigned his seat, but even if he hadn’t, the House passes articles of impeachment. It would only be a procedural move to prevent the pardons, and that’s all.
    And to think the past has nothing to do with the future is naive, at best. In a system whose legal system depends greatly on “precedent,” the past if absolutely prologue. If we can’t prosecute these people, then what are we telling future generations about the letter of the law?

  4. President elect Obama does not want his victory and has plans for a quick move forward to be thwarted by an impeachment that he would consider unnecessary and distracting. Moreover, he’s relying on the Bush Administration to make the transition as smooth as possible. There is no way a forward looking Obama would allow an impeachment, and therefore there is no way Congress will do it. It’s simply not in the realm of possibility.
    With the economy in turmoil and on going conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Democratic congress would lose the goodwill of the American people if it were to start going into a messy a divisive impeachment battle. Does that mean we’ll never know some things we should? Probably. But that’s a price worth paying in order that we move forward and actually remake this country and undo the damage of the last eight years. The future is ultimately more important than the past.

  5. National Impeachment Network of 35+ impeachment groups and over 500,000 impeachment activists says impeachment is the ONLY remedy for Cheney and Bush violations of the constitution and the ONLY answer for preventing pardons.

  6. This is for Al;
    There is precedent for a president pardoning people who have not yet been charged or convicted of a crime. Richard Nixon comes to mind, as does everyone who was involved in Iran-Contra. And the president can pardon himself; Nixon was about to do it, but if he had, he would have certainly been impeached, which would have prevented the pardon. Therefore, he chose to resign, instead, to save face.
    To Paul;
    From what some legal experts have been telling me today, if he issues the pardons today, and he’s subsequently impeached, the pardons are negated, since the end result cannot be a pardon of someone who is involved in his impeachment trial. One of the reasons why the president gives so many blanket pardons during his last hours is to avoid exactly that.
    Therefore, we may have a little time, but we have to impeach Bush; there is no way around it.

  7. We should start by getting truthful answers to what happened on September 11, 2001. Why were two of the world’s largest skyscrapers demolished? Why was WTC building number 7 demolished some hours after the twin towers having not experiencing a hit? What happened to the plane that supposedly hit the Pentagon? How did the two 9 ton engines of that Boeing 757 evaporate without leaving a mark on the building? There are so many illogical statements that are part of the official record surrounding the events of that infamous day, we really do need to a clear understanding of what really transpired. Bush and his gang of criminals MUST be brought to justice.

  8. As soon as impeachment hearings started Bush would issue the pardons.
    The Hague and a war crimes trial would probably get around the pardons but may not happen.
    There is a third way. It’s not a way I like. I have to resort to the “this time it’s actually necessary” justification, which is always dubious. But then again it would be poetic justice.
    Obama could defer repealing the legislation/signing statements that give the President the power to declare anyone an “enemy combatant” with no more evidence than the President’s say-so. He could defer the restoration of Habeus Corpus. And he could defer repealing the power to “disappear” enemy combatants.
    Then Obama convenes some sort of inquiry devoted to uncovering all the crimes of the Bush maladministration. Pardons would help, rather than hinder this, because those who are pardoned can be compelled to testify (because of the pardon they cannot incriminate themselves).
    And then, delicious irony, Dubya and his accomplices get “disappeared.” If all of Bush’s crimes are uncovered there won’t be many people asking where he’s got to or complaining that they think he’s been disappeared.
    Finally Obama can repeal the odious Bush legislation. Of course, some of the “disappeared” would have to remain imprisoned because it would be politically embarrassing to release them.
    The justification for this isn’t revenge but the protection of democracy. Republican administrations treat the crimes of their predecessor Republican administration not as the ceiling on what they can do but the baseline. They do this because their predecessors were never really punished (a few minions served a few years in jail and Nixon was forced to resign, but that’s nothing compared to the punishments they should have received.
    Oh, and finally finally, Obama should push for a constitutional amendment restricting presidential pardon powers. Perhaps all pardons would have to be ratified by Congress. Or pardons of anyone in the executive branch could only be issued by Congress. Something along those lines.

  9. how can he pardon someone who hasn’t been charged with a crime? He is going to have to admit guilt himself. he can’t pardon himself. Does he want to go to jail for all those below him? That is not a Bush family trait.