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Commentary Last Updated: Jan 9th, 2007 - 00:43:29

America, where are you?
By Budd Saunders
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Jan 9, 2007, 00:41

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Headlines: �Ford eulogized for big heart and decency.� � Decision to pardon Nixon praised as necessary balm for nation in pain.� Nuts. The only pain the nation was feeling was Nixon. He was a first class pain in the butt and a criminal. Remember that Ford was also on the Warren Commission that so obfuscated the assassination of President Kennedy no one knows who did what. The same goes for Watergate. Now Bush would have us do the same for his crimes.

Thanks in part to Gerald Ford, there was no public hearing on what happened in Dallas and, thanks totally to Gerald Ford, there was no public trial for Nixon. Many, many questions about both were never answered, and conspiracy theories grew out of the questions until today nobody trusts anybody, especially those in the Bush administration.

It is my opinion that Nixon and his cronies should never have been allowed to go free. Admittedly, the lower echelon members of the administration did do some time, but Nixon was never even tried. He should have been tried, and if found guilty of crimes, punished. To accept the pardon, he had to have committed a crime to be pardoned for. This makes him a criminal.

But Bush has gone even beyond anything Nixon did.

It was suggested Bush and his cronies be tried by one of the secret military tribunals they created. I disagree. I believe they should be tried in a public court as guaranteed by the Constitution, which they have done so much to destroy. Let the world know that in America no one is above the law. Even avoiding a trial, Bush and Cheney should be impeached for high crimes. I can�t think of anything they�ve done that is a misdemeanor.

On December 27, 2006, Congresswoman McKinney of Georgia, the one who was falsely accused of assaulting a capitol security guard, acted with courage and intelligence. She introduced Articles of Impeachment against George Walker Bush, listing three charges: �I. Failure to ensure the laws are faithfully executed; II. Abuse of office and of executive privilege; III. Failure to preserve, protect and defend the constitution.�

Each article is supported by specific instances of Bush�s violations. Under the first she lists Bush�s �Self-Exemption From Laws Upon Signing,� �Suspension of Basic Legal Proceedings,� �Promoting illegal war,� �Promoting Torture,� �Promoting Kidnapping and Renditions for Torture� and �Use of Illegal Weapons.� And for each of these she supplies specific examples, the fact that torture is illegal and the use of such illegal weapons as depleted uranium, white phosphorous and napalm in his wars.

Mckinney also points out that �Under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America, the President has a duty to �take Care that the Laws are faithfully executed.� In her Article I, McKinney covers his arrogant explanations for flouting these laws with the impunity of a dictator, which is in line with a statement he made on December 18, 2000: �If this were a dictatorship, it�d be a heck of a lot easier . . . just as long as I�m the dictator . . ." He has dictatorial powers now, just read on.

The other articles are just as thorough but the one that should really make the American people angry and insist upon impeachment is �Failure to preserve, protect and defend the constitution.�

It lists, and supports with examples, �(1) Suspension of Due Process� in violation of Amendments 5 and 6 of the Bill of Rights; �(2) Unreasonable Searches and Seizures� in violation of Amendment 4 of the Bill of Rights; (3) �Non-Cooperation with Congress.� McKinney gives examples of his obstruction of investigations, like resisting the formation of the 9/11 commission and then its investigation. For example, he refused to testify under oath and had to have �Shotgun� Cheney with him to tell him what to say.

Bush has established in item (4) �an Unconstitutional, Parallel Legal System� with the military tribunals in violation of our Constitution, which is our only shield against a dictator who holds himself above the laws he is sworn to �protect and preserve.�

These Articles of Impeachment, as presented, should be followed through by the legislative branch of our government.

The USAPATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, and other flagrant acts giving Bush absolute power, are reason enough to impeach the man. Remember that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Bush is ignoring the message sent in the mid-term elections and going right ahead with his so-called vision for America, particularly in the wars he started. To disguise what he is doing, the words are changed. Sending more Troopies into Iraq is not an �escalation� of the war, it is a �surge.� �Stay the course� has now become �moving forward.�

When Nancy Pelosi, now the speaker of The House, said that impeachment was off the table, she gave Bush carte blanche to do anything that he can get away with. He will continue to thumb his nose at our Constitution -- which he has done all six years of his presidency -- without fear of any punishment. The Democrats will complain and make all sorts of noise, but won�t do a damn thing to stop him or his neocon war strategists. Those people are still in charge! The Bush War in Iraq is a disaster they created and they demand that more of our American Troopies die to fulfill their fantasies. None of those people are veterans and they are playing video war games with the lives and blood of our people!


Question authority. It�s the American way.

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