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End Presidential Pardons and Clemency

An Amendment -

The president shall not have the right to grant pardons or clemency.

Michael Collins

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The prospect of the criminal in chief, George W. Bush, issuing pardons to his co-conspirators is repugnant to all citizens who've paid any degree of attention over the last eight years.

He neglected his duty prior to 911 resulting in a devastating attack on the nation.

He started an illegal war based on lies that caused injury and death to tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and the deaths of over 1.2 million Iraqi civilians.

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He ordered the illegal wire tapping of citizens, a clear violation of law.

He stopped scientific research causing the suffering unto death of those with illness and injury that could have been healed during his term.

The list goes on.  Bush ruled like a tyrant with the wisdom of an adolescent sociopath.

Right now this man who should have been impeached and subsequently jailed for his crimes is planning last minute pardons and acts of clemency for his friends, co-conspirators, and others who meet his deviant criteria for release from legal obligations.

Highly motivated citizens and legislators are seeking legal precedents and rationales to stop Bush from pardoning his collaborators.

Hopefully, their efforts, one of which is impeachment, will meet with success.  Allowing those who attacked the people to walk away free after the death, destruction and ruin they've caused will deny meaning to any efforts aimed at true reform.

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The problem of presidential pardons goes well beyond George W. Bush's ability to issue them.  The absolute right of presidents to pardon any crime is archaic, arbitrary, and offensive to those who value human dignity, rationality, and the rule of law.

Pardons and Clemency Emerged from Tyranny and the "Divine Right" to Rule

Roman emperor Nero (left) "fiddled while Rome burned" and executed his relatives.   As emperor, Caligula (right) showed his contempt for Rome by torturing citizens and appointing a horse to the Senate

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