Even though media wonks and the Democratic Party leadership haven’t got it yet, media consumers and internet users are JUST as interested as ever in seeing an impeachment of both George W. Bush and Richard (Dick) Cheney for crimes against the constitution and abuse of power.
Both YAHOO and GOOGLE SEARCH engines are showing as high (or higher) a number of hits on the topic of impeachment as they have throughout the past two years.
Currently, the search “impeach Bush Cheney” registers over 8.2 million links or hits.
GOOGLE, which of course uses different search algorithms (since autumn 2007), registers nearly 350,000 hits as of today—the highest level of links or hits registered since last December 2007.
The Washington Post began this election year by running a well-written Op-Ed by George McGovern on “Why I Believe Bush Must Go”.
In the piece, McGovern noted “I have not been heavily involved in singing the praises of the Nixon administration. But the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election. The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush. Indeed, has any administration in our national history been so damaging as the Bush-Cheney era?”McGovern also noted some of the dozens of grounds for impeachment, including these talking points: (1) “Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ to use the constitutional standard.”(2) “From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team's assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged -- perhaps even by a congressional investigation. In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against . That irresponsible venture has killed almost 4,000 Americans, left many times that number mentally or physically crippled, claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Iraqis (according to a careful October 2006 study from the ) and laid waste their country. The financial cost to the United States is now $250 million a day and is expected to exceed a total of $1 trillion, most of which we have borrowed from the Chinese and others as our national debt has now climbed above $9 trillion -- by far the highest in our national history.”
(3) “All of this has been done without the declaration of war from Congress that the Constitution clearly requires, in defiance of the Charter and in violation of international law. This reckless disregard for life and property, as well as constitutional law, has been accompanied by the abuse of prisoners, including systematic torture, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.”
Americans, as a whole, support what McGovern had to say and have kept the basic concepts of the constitution in mind throughout the long American presidential election campaigs
That is to say—even if the TV media leadership thinks otherwise, Americans have been reading their newspapers and online news.
Many have come to accept the fact that impeachment is necessary and proper.RECENT POLL
As of August 18, 2008 The World Net Daily reports a recent poll by the American Research Group, Inc. whereby 54% of Americans support the start of impeachment against Dick Cheney as Vice President of the United States.
Meanwhile, 45% support that the same procedure be started against George W. Bush.
These poll numbers throughout the summer have been unprecedented in recent decades--and the percentages of the population supporting impeachment throughout summer 2008 dwarfs the average level of public support that the Republic leadership aroused during the more trivial Clinton impeachment procedures in the late 1990s.IMPEACHMENT IS SIMPLE—FOR THE HOUSE
The World Net article notes that it is a fairly simple and straight-forward job to impeach a president. The process begins simply by the U.S. House of Representatives first having a majority to impeach—while the second step is to have the House follow through on impeachment in a vote.