Monday, January 30, 2006

An Argument FOR Impeachment

Given that we're about to face our President once again trying to sugar coat and spin his way out of the lies, mistakes, gaffes, poor judgement, and a general path of destruction, via the State of the Union address, I thought I would also present the argument FOR impeachment.

However, given my own personal bias, I felt that it would be wrong for me to lead the argument off - I've therefore given the PTF floor to several noteworthy Republicans to argue the case for impeachment (full disclosure - these are obviously arguments made for the Clinton impeachment case, but I'm sure that these fine upstanding Members of Congress would not pull a double standard and take their words back... right?):

* Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN):

I will have no part in the creation of a constitutional double-standard to benefit the President. He is not above the law. If an ordinary citizen committed these crimes, he would go to jail. Contact Sen. Frist to remind him of his words.
* Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK):

How can we expect a Boy Scout to honor his oath if elected officials don't honor theirs? How can we expect a business executive to honor a promise when the chief executive abandons his or hers? Contact former Rep. J.C. Watts to remind him of his words.
* Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI):
The framers of the Constitution devised an elaborate system of checks and balances to ensure our liberty by making sure that no person, institution or branch of government became so powerful that a tyranny could be established in the United States of America. Impeachment is one of the checks the framers gave the Congress to prevent the executive or judicial branches from becoming corrupt or tyrannical....

....What is on trial here is the truth and the rule of law. Our failure to bring President Clinton to account for his lying under oath and preventing the courts from administering equal justice under law, will cause a cancer to be present in our society for generations. I want those parents who ask me the questions, to be able to tell their children that even if you are president of the United States, if you lie when sworn "to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," you will face the consequences of that action, even when you don't accept the responsibility for them. Contact Rep. Sensenbrenner to remind him of his words.
* Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX):

When someone is elected president, they receive the greatest gift possible from the American people, their trust. To violate that trust is to raise questions about fitness for office. My constituents often remind me that if anyone else in a position of authority -- for example, a business executive, a military officer of a professional educator -- had acted as the evidence indicates the president did, their career would be over. The rules under which President Nixon would have been tried for impeachment had he not resigned contain this statement: "The office of the president is such that it calls for a higher level of conduct than the average citizen in the United States." Contact Rep. Smith to remind him of his words.
* Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL):
I suggest impeachment is like beauty: apparently in the eye of the beholder. But I hold a different view. And it's not a vengeful one, it's not vindictive, and it's not craven. It's just a concern for the Constitution and a high respect for the rule of law. ... as a lawyer and a legislator for most of my very long life, I have a particular reverence for our legal system. It protects the innocent, it punishes the guilty, it defends the powerless, it guards freedom, it summons the noblest instincts of the human spirit.

The rule of law protects you and it protects me from the midnight fire on our roof or the 3 a.m. knock on our door. It challenges abuse of authority. It's a shame "Darkness at Noon" is forgotten, or "The Gulag Archipelago," but there is such a thing lurking out in the world called abuse of authority, and the rule of law is what protects you from it. And so it's a matter of considerable concern to me when our legal system is assaulted by our nation's chief law enforcement officer, the only person obliged to take care that the laws are faithfully executed. Contact Rep. Hyde to remind him of his words.
Thanks, guys. We really appreciate your guidance on this important issue.

Posted by FleshPresser at 10:44 AM /


  • Blogger LaPopessa posted at 8:34 PM  
    As much as I would love to see Bush impeached for any one of his assorted crimes against this nation and the constitution, I couldn't handle two years of President cheney. Bush sure bought himself an insurance policy there.

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