- Is lying about the reason for a war an impeachable offense? (CNN/FindLaw)
- The Origins and Scope of Presidential Impeachment (Hinkley Journal of Politics)
- Former attorney general says Bush should be impeached (FCN, 05-28-2003)
(FinalCall.com) – The roar to impeach President George Bush on the grounds of “high crimes and misdemeanors” in relation to his handling of the Iraq war is growing louder. From war activist Cindy Sheehan to former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, more and more are calling for the ouster of America’s 43rd president.
“If they wrote articles of impeachment for President Bill Clinton because he was involved in inappropriate behavior in the Oval Office, and then lied about it; if they can write articles of impeachment for those so-called high crimes and misdemeanors, what should they do about a man lying to the American people, deceiving the members of Congress, prosecuting an unjust war?,” asked Min. Farrakhan on Feb. 25 at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention in Detroit, Mich.
“Is that not only reason to impeach him, but to set down his whole administration? Set down his whole administration. All of them are liars. All of them are murderers,” Min. Farrakhan stated, adding, “So you Democrats–stop pussyfooting around with the Republicans. Do what the people voted that you should do: Make a change in this world. You say if you pulled the troops out it would embolden America’s enemies because it would say that the will of the American people has been broken. The will of the American people started to break when they found out you got them into this mess on the basis of a lie. People naturally can’t support a lie.”
Close to one million people have expressed their discontent with this administration by voting to impeach President Bush at votetoimpeach.org. The votes have no affect on his impeachment, but they are a gauge of public sentiment. Thousands are coming to Washington, D.C., Mar. 17, to protest at the Pentagon in opposition the war and call for the President’s impeachment.
“On this the 4th anniversary of the “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq, and 40 years after the historic 1967 March on the Pentagon, We the People, will be insisting on the immediate end to the war against Iraq. Bring your friends, neighbors and loved ones and join us in the March on the Pentagon,” explained Mr. Clark at a Mar. 6, press conference at the National Press Club.
Ms. Sheehan also spoke. “One of the reasons we are marching on the pentagon on Mar. 17 is for impeachment and accountability…The Bush regime has committed so many crimes against humanity; they are enemies of humanity and that is one of the reasons we must march… The real issues are ending the occupation of Iraq to save our soldiers and save the people of Iraq and the real issue is not to invade Iran….We must march… .”
Presidential impeachment is easier said than done. Congress has only held discussions about impeachment four times and neither resulted in an American President being forced from office.
According to historian Robert Longley:
– Andrew Johnson was actually impeached when Congress became unhappy with the way he was dealing with some post-Civil War matters, but President Johnson was acquitted in the Senate by one vote and remained in office.
– Congress introduced a resolution to impeach President John Tyler over state’s rights issues, but the resolution failed.
– Congress was debating his impeachment over the Watergate break-in when President Richard Nixon resigned.
– President William J. Clinton was impeached by the House on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in relationship to his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was eventually acquitted by the Senate.
Impeachment is handled by the full Congress. The House votes on the articles of impeachment and the Senate votes to impeach.
“Now, the least the Democrats should do, if you don’t want to impeach him, censor him. Say to the world; ‘something went wrong in our leadership and we repent of our wrongdoing.’ The whole world loved America. The whole world was with you after 9/11. You squandered that, but you can get it back, but you’ve got to do the right thing and you’ve got to do it in time,” said Min. Farrakhan.
Military families are growing increasingly bitter and resentful for the loss of their loved ones on behalf of a lie. They will also be marching on the Pentagon. The following is an excerpt from their statement in support of the march:
“The war is an unmitigated disaster for the people of Iraq and the people of the United States. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and Iraq society torn apart. More than 3,100 U.S. soldiers have died and “non-mortal casualties” are nearing 55,000. The cost of the war is now over $8 billion per month, $280 million per day and $12 million per hour. All of this death, suffering and loss for a war justified by lies and deception.
“A growing number of families with loved ones in Iraq are now questioning the reasons they are there. Every death or life-changing injury devastates a family, friends and the community they come from. Every redeployment means months more of worry.
“It is for these reasons that active duty service members, their families and veterans can and must play a vital role in ending this unjust war. Join us at the Pentagon on Saturday, March 17!”