There are many in my party that have been screaming for Bush’s impeachment from Day One. I, on the other hand, had hoped that our system of checks and balances would keep Bush in, well, check.
Alas, it appears not, and the revelations just keep coming, the latest in a long, long string of executive abuses being Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card’s visit to John Ashcroft’s intensive care bedside in an attempt to get him to sign off on a warrantless wiretapping program that had already been going on for two-and-a-half years, but upon closer scrutiny by Ashcroft’s Justice Department, had been found illegal. Who’da thunk it, even John Ashcroft, fundamentalist Attorney General who spent more time after 9/11 going after medicinal marijuana users and family planning clinics than he did terrorists, understood that our Constitution requires warrants for phone-tapping. Wow. I may not agree with his religious views, but at least he knew that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. But not the Bush administration. As far as they are concerned, THEY are the law, not some moldy piece of paper in the National Archives.
It looks like the Washington Post finally gets it. A bit late, but better late than never. I am, however, troubled by this assertion in their editorial:
Under the Constitution, the president has the final authority in the executive branch to say what the law is.
Uh. No, he doesn’t. He administers and executes the laws passed by the United States Congress. The Supreme Court of the United States determines the constitutionality of our laws. The President does not get to decide what the law is. Perhaps the WaPo editorial board needs to go back to school and take U.S. Constitution 101 again.
Back to impeachment. I’ve not been a proponent of it, as stated above. Well, I’ve changed my mind. It’s should be obvious to anyone with an honest brain cell that Bush (and Cheney, et al) have nothing but contempt for the underpinnings of our system of government. They ignore laws created by Congress, they take rulings by the Supreme Court under advisement, and the press, well, the press holds a special place of contempt in their world. The press is there to serve them, to take them at their word, and to never, ever dare question them.
It’s time for them to go. And it’s time for Democrats and Republicans to come together on this. This is not about Bush alone. It’s about abuse of power. If we let this stand, what is to stop the next administration, whether Democrat or Republican, of going even further?
A comment posted by khote14 regarding the aforementioned WaPo editorial says it well (no correction for spelling, punctuation or capitalizaton):
There are those of us whose hatred for bush blinds them to anything good he might have done, and there are those of us whose love for bush blinds them to anything bad he might have done.
The haters cry “impeach”, and the lovers accuse them of making that demand without regards to any facts, simply because they hate bush.
But where should the remainder of we the people be on this issue?
I am not concerned with either of these groups. What I am concerned about is the future of my country, and the behavior of future presidents. If we let bush get away with this kind of strong-arming of the constitution because we love him or fear the enemies we hired him to defeat, what have we let ourselves in for, what are the consequences?
The impeachment of Clinton was a useless attempted coup by the republicans. I saw the democrats gather around Clinton whether they like him or not, in an equally partisan show of support. Clinton may have been a pathetic and narcisstic man who couldn’t keep his hands out of his own pants, but was what he did comparable to what Bush has done, and is doing now?
Should we allow our fatigue arising from that partisan show prevent us from examining the misdeeds of the current president?
Impeach Bush. Not because we hate him, not because we may not think him competent to run the country, not because our personal partisan nature wants to get even with him – impeach him because he is a criminal, and to tell future holders of his office that we will hold them to account as well.
Get on it Congress.