The Progressive Left has been calling for Cheney and Bush to be impeached. Let’s look at it from the standpoint of somebody that in all actuality (even though some might not think so) is in the center. Some things I sway to the left with (like this phony war on terrorism and out Constitution being trashed by right wing sycophants) and I lean to the right on occasion (immigration, and a strong military). Does somebody like me think impeachment would actually solve anything, do I think that any good would come out of doing all of the investigations and opening all of the wounds that are festering with something as vile as impeachment when Bush and Cheney only have a year and a half left on their terms?
You bet your sweet ass I do! Not impeaching these two criminals would be a crime! I mean that with all the sincerity in my body. Bush and Cheney have done more despicable things in six years that any two Presidents thrown together. I thought that Nixon was just about the worst President that could ever walk the face of this Earth. Bush has him beaten hands down!. The only thing that the Bush administration can take credit for, is making Nixon look like a statesman in comparison to the two we have in Washington. I firmly believe that the only reason that Bush is still in office, is because Cheney would take his place. The best way to rectify that would be to impeach them both.
Some people might think that people who want Bush and Cheney impeached are “overreacting”. I don’t believe that is the case. Let us look at the facts here. Bush purposefully lied to the Congress and to the American people in the case for war against Iraq. He lied about Saddam possessing a nuclear capability or even an active chemical capability. From reports we are getting now from people that used to be in his “inner circle” such as George Tenent and others, Bush knew all along what capabilities Saddam did or didn’t have! So let me ask anyone that is reading this, is that not grounds for impeachment? Is the fact that he told outright lies to further his personal belief that we should be at war with Iraq not grounds for impeachment? Is this the kind of man that you want making decisions again regarding Iran or some other nations for the next 19 months?
The war and the lies leading up to it, while being more than enough to warrant impeachment, aren’t the only reasons Cheney and Bush need to go. In the time that they have been in power they have actively and maliciously subverted the Constitution of The United States of America. Some of it was done with the blessing of Congress, and some of it was done unilaterally by the President. Since this man has been in power, he has continued to write signing statements that excludes him from obeying laws he doesn’t want to obey by using what he calls the “Unitary Power of the Executive Branch”. Since Bush has been President he has put his name to more signing statements than all prior Presidents combined! Let’s face it, this man has demonstrated that he feels that because he is the President of the United States, that he is above the law! I believe that he is not and I also submit to you that these actions alone warrant impeachment and removal from office.
I am not going to end my case for the Impeachment of the President there. There is a more, much more. This President, when advised that wiretaps and other surveillance on American Citizen’s was illegal unless he went through the auspices of the FISA Courts set up for the very purpose of monitoring phone calls and e-mails to suspected agents overseas, he sent his legal Counsel, Alberto Gonzales to have The Attorney General at the time, John Ashcroft, sign the permissions needed to waive the FISA court jurisdiction. Attorney General Ashcroft, who was in the Post operative Intensive Care Unit, recovering from gall bladder surgery, refused to sign the statement saying that he did not believe that the executive branch had the authority to do that. The executive branch did it anyway! I believe that this act alone warrants impeachment! Since when can the President willfully break the law? Are there two different sets of laws, one for the President and one for everyone else? Nonsense! I’m not done yet either.
The President has illegally detained foreign suspects in Guantanamo without authority to do so. He has also been actively involved with the cover-up of people that were tortured in Guantanamo and also Abu-Graib. From what is coming out, the cover-up went deeper than the Army, and the torture was far more severe than originally thought. Is this what you want the rest of the world to see> Is this the kind of country you would be proud to call yourself a citizen of? Don’t dare tell me that if I don’t like it then I should leave; I wore my nation’s uniform for 21 years. If anyone should leave it’s the people that support this would be dictator that has just about ruined our county’s reputation in the eyes of the entire world!
Take these charges and add to them the strengthening of the Insurrection Act where he has taken the law enforcement powers of the National Guard away from the Governors of the States, even though they protested in writing! The Military Commissions Act of 2006 when he gave the military the right to inflict punishment up to but not further than organ failure! This is the same law that takes away the writ of Habeas Corpus, the backbone of Western Democracy that goes all the way back to the Magna Charta away from anyone “suspected” of being a terrorist! Is this what you signed up for? Is this what you want? Is this the “Compassionate Conservative” that you voted for, or is this an evil man? Turn your head away and tell me that this man isn’t evil. Do this at the risk of losing your soul. There is only so much that we should take. Party politics be damned. If these aren’t grounds for impeachment than what the hell is?
This isn’t only my country, it’s yours too. I can’t do the right thing by myself. I am ashamed of what has happened in my name, aren’t you? If you are, then talk to your friends and relatives. E-mail this article to them. Get off of your butt and start making some noise! If we all do it together we can change history. If we don’t change it, I’m afraid that we are at the point where the German People were in 1933, they should have acted then, but they didn’t see the need. If we don’t change history we may have to repeat it.