Richard Nixon would have been impeached if he had not resigned. Bill Clinton was impeached and should have been booted from office for lying under oath. Now there is George W. Bush. He should be impeached and kicked out for misleading the American public and leading us into an unnecessary war in Iraq, but it’s really too late now.
George McGovern, in Sunday’s Washington Post, called for President Bush’s and Vice President Cheney’s impeachment in an opinion piece titled “Why I Believe Bush Must Go.”
“Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses,” McGovern writes. “They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ to use the constitutional standard.”
“From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team’s assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged — perhaps even by a congressional investigation.
“In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against Iraq. That irresponsible venture has killed almost 4,000 Americans, left many times that number mentally or physically crippled, claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Iraqis (according to a careful October 2006 study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and laid waste their country. The financial cost to the United States is now $250 million a day and is expected to exceed a total of $1 trillion, most of which we have borrowed from the Chinese and others as our national debt has now climbed above $9 trillion — by far the highest in our national history.
“All of this has been done without the declaration of war from Congress that the Constitution clearly requires, in defiance of the U.N. Charter and in violation of international law. This reckless disregard for life and property, as well as constitutional law, has been accompanied by the abuse of prisoners, including systematic torture, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.”
McGovern is a liberal Democrat; I’m a moderate Republican. But some things should be above party politics. We should all expect our government officials to abide by the Constitution. President Bush has not.
It’s probably too late to impeach Bush 43 now, but the reality is that his willful blunders far exceed those committed by Presidents Nixon and Clinton. So sad. And I voted for him — twice.