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John Nichols wrote, "The Genius of Impeachment: The founders cure for Royalism".  His wonderfully written book discusses the importance of the checks and balances of our nations government.  The genius behind the design set forth in our Constitution.  The separation of powers and the reasons that our founders found them to be so critically important to our nations long-term success and to prevent the creation of a "Royal" or "Unitary Executive".

Here are a few excerpts from a speech John Nichols gave promoting the book:

James Madison said, "A Nation in continual warfare will not long be free"

"No American should ever be honored to fight in a coloniel war" Abraham Lincoln

"The Provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated by the following reasons:

 - Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object of the war.  This, our Constitutional convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions.  And they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no man should hold the power of bringing this oppression on the American people.  

Your suggestion that Presidents should be allowed to make war as they choose and they should not be sanctioned in a time of war destroys the whole matter of the American Experiment and places our President where Kings have always stood."

Sincerely, 

Abraham Lincoln 

Benjamin Franklin argued that the impeachment power was in the President's best interest.  History furnishes only one example of a Magistrate being formally brought to public  Justice.

Prior to that, the only recourse was to assassinate an out of control rogue Monarch.  Impeachment is a better way, and it is provided for in the Constitution for the regular punishment of the Executive when his misconduct deserves it.  

James Madison considered the impeachment power, "indispensable.. for defending the Community [against] the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate. 

Madison felt that limiting a President's time in office simply did not provide sufficient security against the potential abuse of power.  During his tenure in office the president may "lose his capacity and pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression.. or betray his trust to foreign [or domestic] powers.  

Madison concluded that "Impeachment is a necessary check because the President's "loss of capacity or corruption" could be fatal to the nation.   

The Framers took impeachment seriously, here are some excerpts from the Constitution:

Article. I. Section. 2. The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

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August Adams is a CPA and holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is an activist striving to create a fair and just world for all.

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Bush has gone way too far. The people are blind an... by 1Bigbeam on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 7:20:53 AM
If we all write, call or visit our representatives... by Caronome on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 7:59:48 AM
Before congress members will act they have to know... by gravity32 on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 8:13:32 AM
Yes impeachment is one solution to law breakers bu... by douglas kay on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 9:38:48 AM
Yes, impeachment hearings are the solution to givi... by zephyr on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:03:50 AM
Impeachment requires HEARINGS first.  Conyers... by Peter Wedlund on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:40:40 AM
why should they, there is nothing in it for them, ... by MITYOJAB on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:53:46 AM
It's way too late, wiley old John Conyers has ... by James Cordray on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:55:16 PM
I don't believe it's too late, beginning t... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 4:51:49 PM
I have sent my representative a number of emails d... by Rick Theile on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 1:43:01 PM
How can we get more people involved?  I'v... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 4:54:41 PM
They also seem to think they are above the laws of... by Susan Nelsen on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 2:14:11 PM
Maybe we could ask Dennis Kuccinich or Ron Paul?... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 4:55:52 PM
then 1/2 of the population should be able to impea... by John Hanks on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 6:24:23 PM
Given the state of affairs we are in impeachment i... by Ramon Puga on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 7:33:33 PM
I agree with you, it is the question we should be ... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 8:03:22 PM
Trying to educate those around us about what has b... by Anna Van Z on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 8:37:59 PM
Thanks for the post, "people like my parents,... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 9:59:59 PM
The real answer of course is to get rid of the lot... by douglas kay on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 8:38:06 PM
We have been unable to Impeach, our representative... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:01:29 PM
I've been involved locally to Impeach for two ... by coyote on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 9:07:17 PM
Thanks for your post.  I agree that there qui... by August Adams on Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:08:49 PM
James Coudray:NO it is NOT too late!BUT... It need... by crispy on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 12:43:41 AM
August A. : i agree. Why aren't th people in t... by crispy on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 1:03:13 AM
Thanks for the comment.  Corporations in the ... by August Adams on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 1:32:56 PM
Many people think Congress won't start hearing... by Cynthia Papermaster on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 2:56:35 AM
Thanks for the information, I had heard about the ... by August Adams on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 1:36:19 PM
Thanks for the information, I had heard about the ... by August Adams on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 1:36:20 PM
I checked out your links.  The site was start... by August Adams on Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008 at 1:07:15 PM
The faster the impeachment hearings get started, t... by joni stevens on Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 9:03:01 PM