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Friday, November 11, 2005

Impeachment

President Clinton recently spoke at an academic conference examining his presidency. Clinton said that his impeachment by Congress was an "egregious abuse" of the constitution. You can read about the conference here.

While I read this article I couldn't help but disagree with critics who say that the affair with Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment that came of it would hurt his presidency. The grounds used for the impeachment are ridiculous.

If someone is going to be impeached, it should be a President who "seized power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a massive assault on and occupation of Iraq, a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting in the death and maiming of tens of thousands of Iraqis, and hundreds of U.S. G.I.s. his country about going to war with another country who supposedly had nuclear weapons (votetoimpeach.org)."

Impeached should be a President who "lied to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing false and deceptive rationales for war." A President who "acted to strip United States citizens of their constitutional and human rights, ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access to counsel, without charge, and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the Executive of a citizen as an 'enemy combatant (votetoimpeach.org).'"

President Bush should stand to be impeached for these reasons all of which are far greater than that of an affair.

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Sources:
MSNBC Article on the Conference Clinton attended
votetoimpeach.org
indymedia.org

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