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Impeach if You Care About Obama, You Have Been Warned

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Congratulations Democrats! Obama won and Democrats have the majority! But guess what? The battle is not over. Right now, as you read this, there is a rapidly growing movement to challenge Obama on his American citizenship and to impeach him. already has 8,000 signatures on a petition, and he hasn't even taken office! These people will work closely with the right-wing leadership to pressure Congress. Youtube hits for "Impeach Obama" number in the thousands. They are gearing up for a very dirty four years.

They will demand and get a special investigator for something or other, not nearly as consequential as for what Bush has done. Then it will begin.

Unless we beat them to the punch and play out impeachment. And impeach the most impeachable president. There is time enough, in fact the time is ripe, to impeach Bush with so much evidence already in the public record – there just needs to be the political will.

We all know the evidence for impeaching Bush. He attacked a country based on lies. He openly broke the law by illegally spying on millions of Americans. He has openly defied congressional subpoenas (impeachable), betrayed an American covert agent (impeachable) and ordered torture (impeachable.)

With the recent election, the political reasons for not impeaching have evaporated: not only have the voters demonstrated their opposition to the Bush Administration, but the candidates themselves (for every office, not just the presidency) – on both the right and left of the political spectrum – bent over backwards to distance themselves from Bush, particularly in light of the financial failures. (Where are your fiscal conservatives now?)

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This is the perfect storm – a precious window of opportunity. All conditions are right to impeach Bush now. However, if we should botch it and miss this opportunity, the right-wing is poised and ready to cook up charges against Obama.

Do you doubt that the right-wing has the utter gall? After eight years of standing behind the most law-breaking president in history (all while denying he has done a single thing wrong,) do you doubt they won't howl at the top of their lungs for the impeachment of Obama for mere trifles? Look at what they did to Bill Clinton. Ken Starr was originally appointed to investigate the Whitewater scandal. When he couldn't find anything that led to Clinton, he started looking into his personal life like some sick voyeur. Clinton committed no "high crimes" like Bush has, but the relentlessness of their pursuit very nearly got him thrown out of office.

By impeaching Bush now, they won't be able to muster the support for an impeachment of Obama. Americans won't have the appetite for three impeachments in a row. They will try but it will get no traction. The reason many people were against impeaching Bush was because they felt "impeachment fatigue" in the case of Clinton. We can take this club from their hands right now. Otherwise, get ready. You have been warned. Say good-bye to any possibility of real healthcare reform, better education, and clean energy. The right-wing lost the election, but they have NOT lost their utter shamelessness and hypocrisy. Remember, these are the people who destroy gay rights and then crow about their concern for individual freedom. They lie that Obama is a Muslim over nationwide radio.

They stop at nothing, absolutely nothing, to get their way. They don't need a majority. They didn't need one to start attacking Clinton to block his agenda, and they won't care if they don't have one now. They won't care if they don't "have the votes" for an impeachment. That won't stop them from trying. Unlike the Democrats, the right-wing has spine, which they use in all the wrong ways. That what they are doing is counterproductive to the country, they will not care about one bit.

There is a non-binding resolution being circulated by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY,) H.RES 1531, "urging" Bush to not make certain pardons. But if Bush does it anyway, what happens? Nothing. Just like the past 8 years, no matter what Bush does.

Let's get this decade's impeachment over with, right now, the right way: By impeaching the most impeachable president in American history. Americans may be finally ready for an impeachment again, and if it's not Bush, it could well be Obama. Don't hand the right-wing a fresh impeachment play.

Call your Congressmember immediately and tell them to get the three-day impeachment going, over a single article like refusing to obey congressional subpoenas. In an up-or-down vote before the entire Congress, even Republicans who are not part of the rabid right will start hearing from their constituents to impeach. Bush has no friends left, and he shouldn't. They can do it. And the future of democracy will be that much more secure, with his unprecedented law-breaking firmly punished.

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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the (more...)

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