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NOBODY marched to impeach Bill Clinton. Angry citizens DIDN'T fill the streets, carry signs and beg a non-responsive Congress to do its Constitutional duty and remove Bill Clinton from his job. Panels WEREN'T held across the nation, moderated by Constitutional scholars who loved their country so much that they traversed its full span to inform packed audiences of the high crimes Bill Clinton had done.

Nope. That DIDN'T happen.

In 1998, thousands upon thousands of Americans DIDN'T call, write, fax and visit their elected leaders every day imploring them to impeach Bill Clinton. Millions of citizens DIDN'T believe that the rest of the world wanted Bill Clinton impeached. Groups of citizen activists DIDN'T band together to camp out at their Representatives' homes and District Offices for days, sometimes weeks, holding "Impeach Bill Clinton" signs and wearing "Impeach Bill Clinton" T-shirts. Thousands of cars DIDN'T bear "Impeach Bill Clinton" bumper stickers.

Nope. That DIDN'T happen.

Average citizens DIDN'T travel to Washington, DC to walk the Halls of Congress and seek audiences with their elected officials demanding to have Bill Clinton impeached.

Nuh-uh!

"Impeachment Centers" WEREN'T opened dedicated to impeaching Bill Clinton like the one in Los Angeles that opened on the Fourth of July, dedicated to impeaching George Bush and Dick Cheney.

Hundreds of people DIDN'T join together in a park on a national holiday for an impeach-Bill-Clinton-rally the way they joined together in a park in Los Angeles on Wednesday for an impeach-Bush-and-Cheney-rally.

In 1998, the people DIDN'T need to inspire Congress to impeach Bill Clinton. The 105th Congress couldn't wait to throw the popular President out of his job. In fact they impeached Bill Clinton even though we-the-people implored them not to.

Of course, there were some Americans in 1998 who bought the smear and destroy campaign by the rabid Republican spin-machine and rabid Republican legislators to impeach Bill Clinton under the guise of restoring the Presidency. These duped citizens were conned by mainstream media's daily theatrics, directed by then-adulterer Congressman Henry Hyde, then-adulterer Speaker Newt Gingrich, then drug-addict Rush Limbaugh, future-indicted Congressman Tom Delay, and Special Pornographer Kenneth Starr. (My apologies to Larry Flynt).

How ironic for Gingrich and Hyde that Clinton was caught with his pants down just as they were dropping theirs. How further ironic that the lynchpin asserting the case for Clinton's impeachment was Ken Starr's obsessively compiled pornographic tome, whereas Americans today have a virtual library of scholarly books on the Constitutional merits of impeaching Bush and Cheney. Thanks to Mr. Starr's salacious expose, it is likely his lurid accounting of a private consensual affair will be his singular most powerful climax.

The fact is, during the 105th Congress's impeachment of Bill Clinton, Clinton's public APPROVAL rating was a positive 73%. Conversely, as the current 110th Congress takes NO action to impeach George W. Bush, Bush's public APPROVAL ratings range between 28 and 36%.

This means that the people's well-liked President Clinton was penalized, while the people's despised President Bush is allowed to stay on.

If this isn't a failure of democracy of, for, and by the people, then what is?

The 105th Congress's impeachment of Bill Clinton was an elitist backlash to pummel an Arkansas poor-boy for dethroning the patriarch of the ruling class. Unfortunately, the 110th Congress conforms to the same eliticism, refusing to impugn the progeny of that same ruling class. The collapse of our democracy is in no small part due to the ideological similarities between the Republican and Democratic parties, fueled by cronyism and mutual corporate ties.

Sadly, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Congress will rue the day they took impeachment off the table. By disregarding the wishes of The People and making no effort to impeach Bush and Cheney, Speaker Pelosi will go down in history as the Speaker who permitted the most corrupt Administration in American history to perpetrate its crimes. She has secured her legacy as the spineless leader of a spineless Congress that defied the Constitution and sanctioned Bush and Cheney's lies. The 110th Congress and its Speaker have become enablers, accomplices and accessories to the crimes.

The bottom line... Bush and Cheney have eighteen months left to their term. During this time they are capable of many more egregious crimes. Congress's failure to initiate articles of impeachment for Bush and Cheney's criminal acts is a breach of Congress's Oath "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic."  If Pelosi and the 110th Congress do not uphold this Oath, they have secured their rightful places alongside Bush and Cheney as enemies of the state.

One final note: Members of both the House and the Senate have stated that impeachment is certain to fail. Let it be known that if the current Legislative Branch doesn't make an honest attempt at impeachment, they have already failed.

But If they make an honest, heart-felt and diligent try, even if they fail, at least they have done their job.


 

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Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development (more...)
 

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Had Americans impeached Clinton for perjury they w... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 4:16:36 AM
Virtually every President we have had has had roma... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 12:56:01 AM
Was the charge against Clinton and perjury in a Pr... by Brett Paatsch on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 6:17:18 AM
As I said below:"The fact that everyone shoul... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 6:33:46 AM
        &n... by Yaybob on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 7:55:40 AM
To correct my statement that Clinton was not impea... by Brett Paatsch on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 1:38:22 PM
saysclick here "the privilege of the writ of ... by Brett Paatsch on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 1:52:21 PM
Now that I’m aware that you are not American... by Yaybob on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007 at 1:29:23 PM
recoup and rejoin the fight. Give your representat... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 12:02:49 AM
Many people have taken to calling, writing their m... by Cheryl Biren on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 9:06:36 AM
Actually the last 4 Presidents should have been Im... by Joanne on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 9:10:41 AM
The seeds of Americas current problems and of the ... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 9:45:48 PM
"The World" would say we looked best und... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 12:57:51 AM
This article begs the question: What is wrong wit... by CJ on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 10:02:40 AM
for demonstrating how clueless the right wing is. ... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 11:04:21 PM
Nancy Can be voted out and should be if she doesn... by Gareece on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 12:25:17 PM
Impeach CLINTON? Why: 1) For getting us out o... by XweAponX on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 3:20:18 PM
Sheehan Considers Challenge to PelosiBy ANGELA K. ... by walley on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 3:49:20 PM
[NOTE: My daughter, a constituent of U. S. Rep. R... by LarryWBryant on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 4:02:49 PM
Goes to show that neither the effort to humiliate ... by Yaybob on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 4:26:58 PM
Under Clinton, America seemed to lose much of its ... by Pappy on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 5:04:02 PM
"blessed are the pIecemakers." ... by Brett Paatsch on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 6:49:33 AM
I call Rep. Wu every weekday.  I demand to kn... by Susan Cass on Sunday, Jul 8, 2007 at 9:51:28 PM
Hey Rob, somebody posts a comment that says impeac... by Scott on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 12:27:47 AM
better. I'm not a fan of insults over facts in... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 1:07:13 AM
Perjury is defined as " lying or making verif... by tim bristol on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 9:32:59 AM
THING as what I wrote.Being disbarred has nothing ... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 10:15:19 AM
 You have been emphasizing ongoing inves... by tim bristol on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 11:18:25 AM
See my response further down this thread with citi... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 5:48:31 PM
I see the source of the confusion.  &quo... by tim bristol on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007 at 4:02:47 PM
If I am investigating you for, lets say Insurance ... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 12:47:27 AM
Quote: Angry citizens DIDN'T fill the streets, ca... by steve scheetz on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM
As I alluded to in two of my posts above. This per... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 9:14:38 AM
I support impeachment. You don't have to trus... by Brett Paatsch on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 10:04:13 AM
case in the same thread about 5 times already and ... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 11:12:06 AM
GREAT ARTICLE, LINDA! And a new portrait, as well!... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 12:05:43 PM
Also my favorite line.  I was hoping someone woul... by Linda Milazzo on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 1:54:16 PM
Repeating over and over that somebody is telling &... by Scott on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 12:12:10 PM
This is the last time I'll try. If you don'... by Steven Leser on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 5:47:37 PM
thanks for it. I do not know enough yet to know w... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 1:34:42 AM
rehabilitate Clinton on the issue of adultery. He ... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 10:16:01 AM
Rahm Emanuel for the non-impeachment. it will be o... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 12:15:55 PM
but Bush is   liar and a murderer. ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 2:41:24 PM
Thanks to Mr. Starr's salacious expose, it is li... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 3:19:48 PM
What in the world?! How did they get Clinton impea... by RCG on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 at 3:24:05 PM
right on.... by tom felt on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007 at 6:55:07 AM
It is not easy to write succinctly why Bush should... by Pappy on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007 at 1:45:36 PM
Perhaps you should go for an article instead. Perh... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 1:51:28 AM
Leser, you are projecting all the moral authority ... by Scott on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007 at 10:34:33 PM
and that is the bottom line. One of the reasons th... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 12:52:57 AM
Perhaps you should go for an article instead. Perh... by Pappy on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 4:29:41 AM
I'm just not sure what the protocols are, if t... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 5:28:26 AM
ME "It is not easy to write succinctly why Bu... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 7:23:58 AM
"Boom. Perjury. Five years in jail."You ... by Scott on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 2:14:05 PM
Apples to oil barrel comparisons, as in, not even ... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 9:40:03 PM
havent you even noticed that everyone else who was... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 9:45:02 PM
You should hesitate if not shudder to bring it up.... by Pappy on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 2:55:23 PM
"You want someone thrown in jail because you ... by Scott on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 at 9:59:08 PM
based on our previous posts on this.... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 4:10:57 AM
and been part of this discussion. I would like t... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 5:57:23 AM
Who woulda thunk it, eh? I don't support impea... by Scott on Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 9:32:44 PM
I don't buy into "all" the sinister ... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Jul 13, 2007 at 3:46:52 AM
Feel free to send me whatever material you want. T... by Scott on Monday, Jul 16, 2007 at 11:20:20 PM
Do you think that the rule of law should apply to ... by Brett Paatsch on Wednesday, Jul 18, 2007 at 9:48:23 AM