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Why is Bush Unimpeachable

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Emmettology 101, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Emmettology 101

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    Published on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 by Ted Rall
    Why Bush Is Unimpeachable
    Cracks Appear in the Constitution

    by Ted Rall

    New York -- The phone rings with a blocked caller ID but I know who it is. My friend the film critic has just put down the same article I've just finished reading, a front-page blockbuster in the New York Daily News. It says that George W. Bush knew about Karl Rove's scheme to blow CIA agent Valerie Plame's cover for years, that he was Rove's partner in treason from the start, that his claims of ignorance were lies. The News article is anonymously sourced but we know it's 100 percent true because the White House won't deny that Bush is a traitor.

    "So they'll impeach him now, right?"

    My friend asked the same thing in 2001 when recounts proved Bush lost Florida, when the 9/11 fetishist admitted that he'd never even tried to catch Osama, when WMDs failed to turn up in Iraq, and when his malignant neglect killed hundreds of Americans in post-Katrina New Orleans.

    "This means impeachment. Right?" Wrong.

    Any one of Bush's crimes towers over the combined wickedness of Nixon and Clinton. And there are so many to choose from! How many times has Bush "made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States" (a key count in the Nixon impeachment)?

    Stop laughing, you.

    Unfortunately for my friend and the United States, impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. Nixon and Clinton faced Congresses controlled by the other party. Because Bush belongs to the same party as the majorities in the House and Senate, nothing he does can get him impeached.

    Our failed Constitutional system means we're stuck with this disastrous demagogue for three more years. Gloat now, Republican readers, but party loyalty's stranglehold on impeachment can easily take the form of a complacent Democratic Congress overlooking the misdeeds of a batty Democratic president.

    Any safe can be cracked; every system of safeguards breaks down eventually. We can't get rid of Bush because the Founding Fathers, who were smart enough to think of just about everything, dropped the ball when they drafted the article that provides for presidential impeachment. Because there were no national political parties back in 1787, their otherwise ingenious system of checks and balances failed to account for the possibility that a Congress might choose to overlook a president's crimes.

    Small parties were active on the state and local level during the late 18th century, but James Madison, George Washington and most of the other Founders despised these organizations as harbingers of petty "factionalism" that ought to be banned or severely limited. Washington used the occasion of his 1796 farewell address to decry "the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration," he warned. "It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection...In governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged." Voting blocs were the enemy of good government.

    In the new republic, Madison wrote in his seminal Federalist No. 10, political arguments should be considered on their own merits. Since candidates for and holders of political office would be judged solely as individuals, Congressmen would focus on the greater good rather than political alliances when weighing whether to impeach a president. Even when parties began to emerge as a national force in 1800, few politicians would have argued that a Democratic-Republican president should be safe from impeachment unless the Federalist Party happened to control Congress.

    Another Constitutional breakdown, concerning the separation of powers, occurred in June 2004. More than a year after the Supreme Court decided in Rasul v. Bush that the nearly 600 Muslim men and young boys being held incommunicado at Guantánamo Bay were entitled to have their cases heard by U.S. courts, they remain in cold storage--no lawyers, no court dates. The Bush Administration simply ignored the ruling.

    "[Bush's] Justice Department," Dahlia Lithwick wrote in Slate, "sees [the ruling] through the sophisticated legal prism known as the Toddler Worldview: Anything one doesn't wish to accept simply isn't true." Because the Founding Fathers never anticipated the possibility that the nation's chief executive would treat its final judgments with the respect due an out-of-state parking ticket issued to a rental car, the Supreme Court has been rendered as toothless as a gummy bear.

    The more you look, the more you'll find that our Constitution has been subverted to the point of virtual irrelevance. The legislative branch has abdicated its exclusive right to declare war to the president, who was appointed by a federal court that undermined the states' constitutional right to manage and settle election disputes. Individuals' protection against unreasonable searches have been trashed, habeas corpus is a joke, and double jeopardy has become routine as those exonerated by criminal court face second trials in civil court. Our system of checks and balances has collapsed, the victim of a citizenry more interested in entertaining distraction than eternal vigilance.

    Where evil men rule, law cannot protect those who sleep.

    © 2005 Ted Rall

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  2. Desert Rat

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    Thanks for the good laugh.
     
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    Sounds like ever other cryin' good for not a damn thing liberal democraphead.
     
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    At first i laughed, but now im more concerned that people actually believe this garbage.
     
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    "A lie oft repeated becomes the truth". Liberals figure the more they repeat the mantra that Bush stole the election, Bush lied people died, etc. the more chance somebody will believe it. And sadly, the uneducated sheeple sometimes do. They claim the consitution is failing us now, but when Clinton was under the gun and skated, then the constitution worked as it was supposed to. If you want to know more about Ted Rall, a cartoonist, go here: http://michellemalkin.com/archives/000160.htm Here is another one where he makes fun of Pat Tillman, the Marine: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=13255 The article posted above is pretty tame compared to most of his far left fringe wack job drivel. His absolutely relishes taking extreme left positions and stiring up the pot. Meglomaniacal is a term I would say is applicable.
     
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    The man may be an idiot but what politician isn't?
     
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    *** Sorry, DR, I have to edit and condense your reply***

    A lie oft repeated becomes the truth". Liberals figure the more they repeat the mantra, stupid people and those looking for someone else to blame for their problems will actually start to believe the Liberals' horse****.....
     
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    I was going to type more but got so mad I erased it...
     
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    :D and I told myself I wouldn't get mad at the box anymore, either.
     
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    I don't think I've ever read an article by Ted Rall that didn't make me want to puke. They even put him in the local paper here as well... Drives me nuts.

    There's so many that believe this dribble... :doah:

    I bite my tongue every day here in the bar. Fortunately most of the regulars are diehard conservative, so they usually take care of it... :D
     
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    Bush is "unimpeachable" because Komrade Klinton... Der Schlickmeister himself, already set the precedent. Basically, it doesn't matter what the president does, his party buddies in the Senate will vote to aquit... since there are more Repubs than Democraps in the Senate, Bush will never get convicted of anything... even IF he did do something.

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    It would take too long...

    With the speed of justice lately--it would take them longer than 3 years to impeach the president,and he only has 3 years left in his term!..and as stated,none of his peers would demand his resignation anyway..

    I see our wonderful "patriot" Cindy Sheehan is in Boston looking for sympathy today....the local news stations said no "Pro-Bush" supporters were there this morning,but by afternoon there were many..God is that woman homely- :yikes: -they should send HER to Iraq--all the insugents would commit suicide rather than look at her face..

    I feel bad for her son dying over there--but she should just accept he fact he's gone,and be quiet about it....no amount of whining will speed our troops return..they will be there until the job is done..I wish it were over already too--but it isn't..3 more died today.. :doah: :usaflag: :usaflag: :usaflag:
     
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    the official #2000 was a friend of mine i went to church with when i was a kid. havent heard from him in over 10 years.
     

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