Complaints or Crimes?
Many have called my calling for the Resignation or Impeachment of President Bush & Dick Cheney as a list of complaints where only a couple charges could be tantamount to “High Crimes or Misdemeanors” as required by Law to remove the President from Office.
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. - - ARTICLE II, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I will accept this criticism and continue to refine my message to fit within the parameters of our current Laws. However I’ll ask you to entertain the following:
1) The premise that WE the People through Congress possess the power to change this law dictating the terms required to Impeach a President. I would like to broaden these requirements to include such terms as incompetents, perjury, and misinformation. I would like to add a provision for direct participation from citizens through a referendum or recall process. You might ask why? In my opinion the problem with America today is its political parties. The founders of our country would have no respect for the Republican & Democratic Parties neither does our Constitution recognize them. Despite this currently WE, the People have no power in Congress and the White House except through one of these political parties.
2) What specifically defines high crime and misdemeanors? Stealing a candy bar is a misdemeanor. You tell me that Lying to the American people does not fit into these current terms of impeachment, especially for this specific situation of “War”, which has lead to the death of American soldiers and innocent civilians throughout the world. Am I wrong to believe that if the reasons for beginning this war as presented to the American people by the Bush Administration were distortions and fabrications that these lives are being lost in vain, and our troops are being used for the financial gain of a wealthy segment of our citizenry led by our elected President George W. Bush? Is this not a crime?
3) The President cannot simply declare War without Congress’s approval, so therefore there must be requirements for a country declaring War; I however do not know the legalities of this. If the President withheld, changed, “fitted”, or fabricated information wouldn’t this be breaking the law, equating to at least a misdemeanor? Where does the Downing Street Memo fit in? In addition to blatant manipulation of how the public exercises its right to oversight of the government through receiving information via Media: the fake reporter Jeff Gannon placed in the White House press core, paying government agencies to promote partisan agenda items, PBS? Perjury is a crime, wouldn’t these actions by Bush at least equate to perjury? President Bush did take an oath of Office, is this Oath simply ceremonial? Do the WE the People have no recourse in these matters? Recourse greater than simply waiting for the next election?
I make these comments to seek clarification on the Law on Impeachment of a President for in my eyes President Bush is no longer fit to serve the people of the United States of America.