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Letters: Impeach Bush

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Impeach Bush

Our Constitution has been in peril for the past six years while the Bush administration has taken our country from a republic/democracy to a unitary, authoritarian government that has no respect for what our founding fathers penned and signed as our Declaration of Independence this week 231 years ago. The Declaration of Independence states:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

There are 27 facts stated in the Declaration that support the overthrow of King George and British rule in the 13 colonies. Allow me to make just make a few points.

– He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. (He’s done this by presidential signing statements that claim he doesn’t have to abide by the law he is signing.)

– He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. (By firing sitting judges for political opportunity and possibly to effect the results and process of our elections.)

– He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the head of a civilized nation. (In Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo.)

– He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. (By commuting the sentence of I. Scooter Libby, who was convicted by a jury of his peers for crimes against the country.)

So, what did the outgunned, outmanned, scared, yet courageous signers of the Declaration of Independence do about it? The first paragraph of the Constitution says:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

They overthrew the government and started anew!

Two hundred and eighteen (218) years ago, in 1789, the U.S. Constitution was signed. In this document it states this:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

It is at the very least a high crime for the president to be operating a corrupt government and then to commute a sentence of a convicted staff member as a “reward” for lying under oath. This administration is not above the law. They must now pay for their crimes. When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to impeach a president, they must!

And, for supporters of the president who are reluctant to agree, let me remind you what members of the president’s party have said, which President Clinton was impeached:

“How can parents instill values and morality in their children?” asked Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. “How can educators teach our children? How can the rule of law for every American be applied equally if we have two standards of justice in America ” one for the powerful and the other for the rest of us?”

Senate Minority Leader Bill Frist joined Hagel in condemning Bush’s actions, saying the commutation was unfair. “He is not above the law,” said the clearly enraged Republican from Tennessee. “If an ordinary citizen committed these crimes, he would go to jail.”

“I very much worry that with the evidence that we have seen that grand juries across America are going to start asking questions about what is obstruction of justice, what is perjury,” Sen Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas said. “And I don’t want there to be any lessening of the standard. Because our system of criminal justice depends on people telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That is the linchpin of our criminal justice system and I don’t want it to be faded in any way.”

High time for all countrymen to come to the aid of their country. Impeach now!

Debbie K. Marquez

Edwards


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