How much evidence do we need to impeach? | AspenTimes.com

How much evidence do we need to impeach?

John Colson

Our president should be impeached.And so should our vice president.Between the two of them, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have made it quite clear they believe themselves to be above the law, and they have conducted six-and-a-half years of the Bush presidency based on that premise.In fact, it began even before the Bush presidency got on its feet. Does anybody recall the election of 2000, in which the Bushies, led by the henchmen of Daddy George H.W. Bush and Bush brother Jeb, trashed the electoral process to win by deceit what they were about to lose by the numbers?The facts are there for all to review and interpret as they like. And ever since that ill-fated November day, my interpretation has been that the election was stolen. We were witness to a coup d’état without guns; Bush was allowed to get away with it first by Al Gore, and then by the voters and our elected representatives in Congress.Maybe that first blush of power is what convinced President Cheney/Bush that this administration could get away with anything. If such a baldfaced ploy as the Florida electoral conflagration could slide by without challenge, then all bets were off and the sky was the limit.Cheney was the first to take advantage of this lack of oversight and consequences, when he rewrote the nation’s energy policy to suit Big Oil and the energy industries in general. And he did it in secret, with the very people who benefited the most hanging at his elbow.Oh, sure, the howls of protest were heard throughout the land. But the Republicans had a firm grip on Congress at the time, and the administration knew it had free rein to steer our nation wherever the oil companies and their cohorts wanted it to go.Since those heady, innocent days, things have only gotten worse.Whenever Bush has wanted to ignore Congressional actions, as represented in the passage of laws he did not like, he has used the now-infamous “signing statements” as essentially a line-item veto. This in spite of the fact that Congress never gave him such authority.He also has gone far toward establishing a police state here in the U.S., starting by ramming through the heinous U.S. Patriot Act. It is the envy of despots and tyrants everywhere.Further aspects of his police-state ambitions include his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge the validity of their imprisonment, for a slew of foreign nationals and two U.S. citizens held at Guantanamo Bay. And there’s the National Security Agency spying program, in which the Bushies spied on U.S. citizens’ communications and refused to even get permission through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court as required by law. Bush plainly violated FISA when he ordered the NSA to engage in warrantless domestic spying.Of course, we can’t forget the outing of Valerie Plame. The CIA agent’s identity was leaked to the press to punish her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, for publicly trashing the Bush doctrine concerning Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s cache of weapons of mass destruction.Most recently, Cheney refused to cooperate with a federal agency that oversees the treatment of classified documents, and then tried to abolish the agency when it challenged his refusal. And he now says he doesn’t have to answer to Congress over the matter, because Congress has no authority over him, either.That, of course, is not all – but it’s all I’ve got room for here.This madness cannot be allowed to continue. The chorus of voices calling for Bush to be impeached is great, but recently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she won’t go along with any such effort because there are more important things to be done.What’s more important than enforcing the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, particularly against an Enforcer In Chief who so demonstrably believes laws don’t apply to him or his immediate advisers, counselors and mentors?What Pelosi really is worried about is her political prospects if an impeachment fight turns into the brawl everybody expects it to be, but that’s neither the point nor her job. Her job, according to her oath of office, is to protect and defend the Constitution against its enemies.And the Cheney/Bush bunch is enemy No. 1.


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