The time is NOW
“There is a prima facie case that these actions by ... the Bush Administration violated a number of federal laws, including:
(1) Committing a Fraud against the United States;
(2) Making False Statements to Congress;
(3) The War Powers Resolution;
(4) Misuse of Government Funds;
(5) federal laws and international treaties prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment;
(6) federal laws concerning retaliating against witnesses and other individuals; and
(7) federal laws and regulations concerning leaking and other misuse of intelligence.”
- The Constitution in Crisis (pdf)
“No person, not even the president of the United States, is above the law.” - Chief Justice Burger (U.S. v. Nixon, 1974)
The Presidency of GW Bush is exactly the situation for which the Impeachment process was designed. Mr. Bush willfully violates whichever laws do not suit his purposes, and considers torture (even unto death) a valid enterprise for those doing his bidding. He considers the armed forces of the United States his to do with as he wishes, and he believes the citizenry to have no right to privacy. He has endeavored to enrich the wealthiest few among us, at the expense of future generations and those now struggling to make ends meet. He has abdicated the responsibilities attending to his office to remediate the effects of disasters, natural and otherwise.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws...
“For depriving us of many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury...
“For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences...
“For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments...
“He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation...”
And yet, the Congress continues to sit on its hands, with few exceptions.
Yes, it is true that the Republicans are in the majority and are loath to impeach one of their own. But with which principles are they aligning themselves? Does Congress really believe that the President has the right to order that the citizenry be spied upon, their mail opened and their telephone and email be monitored, with no due process being honored, with no cause whatsoever leading to the spying? That the President is allowed to lie us into needless war? That the President can violate our laws with impunity?
Does Congress actually condone the torture that they are allowing to proceeed? Does Congress take no issue with the abuse of habeus corpus, the “rendition” of prisoners to known torture centers in other countries, the endless confinement of prisoners with no due process, no legal representation, no trial at all?
It is time for impeachment. The wrongs that have been done to our great country are an abomination, and there’s no end in sight as long as Bush remains unchecked. There is a wealth of grounds, with corresponding evidence, upon which President Bush should be tried, and this is Congress’s job. Those who find the impeachment prospect distasteful should resign now, and allow us to proceed with the business of healing our country and repairing the grave damage that has been done, to our citizens, to our reputation, and to the world.