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Grounds for Impeachment

Posted by MEC on July 14, 2007

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Why should George W. Bush be impeached?

Because if we are to have a government based on law and not rulers, we must not let crimes go unpunished.

And George W. Bush has committed crimes aplenty. Here’s a woefully incomplete list:

  • He ordered the invasion and occupation of another country on false pretenses, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
  • He authorized illegal electronic surveillance of United States residents.
  • He authorized the illegal detention of suspects without benefit of trial or legal counsel.
  • He authorized the transfer of prisoners to countries that use torture.
  • He authorized the torture of prisoners by United States military personnel.
  • He permitted his staff to evade the Presidential Records Act of 1978 by using outside communication systems during working hours and to violate the Hatch Act by directing government employees to engage in political activities as part of their government duties.
  • He illegally transferring $700 million from the budget for the war in Afghanistan for war preparations in Iraq in July 2002, without Congressional approval.
  • He permitted the disclosure of an covert CIA agent’s identity as an act of political revenge and intimidation.
  • He committed criminal negligence in the mishandling of federal aid and emergency response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • He has used signing statements as de facto line item vetoes, in defiance of the Supreme Court ruling that line-item vetoes are unconstitutional.
  • He has claimed the absolute privilege to ignore the will and authority of Congress, in violation of the Constitutionally defined balance of powers.
  • Through his presidential election campaigns, he has violated the voting rights of thousands of citizens by permitting his partisans to illegally challenge voter registrations, intimidate voters at the polls, file false charges of voter fraud, and enact laws that place undue burden on certain classes of voters.
  • He has issued numerous Executive Orders overriding and undermining federal laws.
  • He has directed the firing and hiring of career government officials for partisan political reasons, in violation of federal laws.
  • He has denied and defied the Congress’ legitimate oversight of activities of the Executive Branch.

The Center for Constitutional Rights has drafted articles of impeachment that provide specific details of Bush’s offenses.

In a video clip provided through Crooks and Liars, Bill Moyers discusses impeachment with liberal journalist John Nichols and conservative constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who are in total agreement on the issue.

Can impeachment succeed? Tell your Representative and Senators you expect them to uphold the rule of law and defend our system of government by initiating impeachment proceedings. Yes, even if they’re Republicans. If they hear from enough people, they’ll recognize the political cost of continuing to tolerate Bush’s lawlessness. Contact information for Congress, organized by state, is right here.

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11 Responses to “Grounds for Impeachment”

  1. Charles said

    The Moyers interview of Fein and Nichols was some of the best TV I have seen in a long time.

  2. Tane Tachyon said

    I wish I had that T-shirt — I would put it on right now!

  3. Just remember: Impeach Cheney First.

  4. Each item listed can be rebutted or is a red herring. It’s all hatred of the administration driving the impeachment push. The left needs to get on with actually governing. The Democrats in Congress have conducted loads of oversight, not to mention all the antiwar posturing. If they could get down to passing some substantial legislation, working with the president rather than against him, perhaps the institution’s poll numbers wouldn’t be skidding so low.

  5. MEC said

    “If they could get down to passing some substantial legislation”

    Which they’ve been trying to do, but the Republicans have been obstructing any action in the Senate.

  6. whig said

    And if this congress manages to pass anything, el presidente either vetoes or if they can override his veto, he just issues a signing statement.

  7. MEC said

    Right, Whig. And the signing statements are a large part of the reason he needs to be impeached. Repeatedly saying — in writing! — that he doesn’t have to obey any part of a law he disagrees with is, in effect, declaring that the President is above the law. That is not true.

  8. For a self-alleged smarty pants, Donald Douglas must really be dim if he thinks that Republican non-override of Bush vetoes doesn’t make a difference.

    But then again, he’s very efficient at transmitting GOP/RNC talking points, so he may well have just enough brains for stenography.

  9. Charles said

    The Dems control the House, not even the Senate. That means that two-thirds of the blame (or more, considering the power of the president) belongs to the Republicans. If all the Democrats do is stand up to the sons-of-b—-s, they’ll win a victory along the lines of 1964.

  10. whig said

    Part of the oath of office is to faithfully execute, is it not?

  11. K.Autry said

    How soon do you want that T-shirt?

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