I know the Democratic leaders in Congress have said that impeachment is "off the table", but that is one campaign promise that should not be kept. Oversight of the Bush Administration is not enough.
How do you oversee a torture program? How do you oversee "extraordinary renditions" and secret prisons? How do you oversee the destruction of the U.S. Constitution? What is Congress going to do when Bush starts bombing Iran--watch closely?
You don't oversee these kinds of things. You stop them. That is why the Founding Fathers wrote impeachment into our Constitution.
The power of impeachment was one of the first proposals presented to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The Founding Fathers felt it was important enough to mention it six times in the Constitution and once more in an amendment. They believed the new government needed a strong executive, but having just thrown off the rule of one King, they did not want another one--even an elected one.
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