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Eyeing Impeachment

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I noted here that the only reason the Democrats hadn’t already made an attempt to impeach President Bush was because they were in the minority in Congress. Today, the Wall Street Journal has an Opinion piece basically echoing that view:

[E]verything that Mr. Bush has been accused of during the last five years, no matter how Orwelliaan or thoroughly refuted, will be trotted out again and used as impeachment fodder. And lest you think this could never happen, Judiciary is the House committee through which any formal impeachment resolution would be introduced and proceed. As the country heads toward 2008 and a Democratic nomination fight, John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton would be hard-pressed to avoid going along with Mr. Feingold, Al Gore, and others feeding the bile of the censure/impeach brigades.

Which brings us back to Mr. Feingold’s public service in floating his “censure” gambit now. He’s doing voters a favor by telling them before November’s election just how Democrats intend to treat a wartime President if they take power.

Not only do they want to block his policies, they also plan to rebuke and embarrass him in front of the world and America’s enemies. And they want to do so not because there is a smidgen of evidence that he’s abused his office or lied under oath, but because they think he’s been too energetic in using his powers to defend America. By all means, let’s have this impeachment debate before the election, so voters can know what’s really at stake.

These are the stakes. The Democrats want to impeach Bush for a lot of reasons, perhaps even a few of them stemming from genuine belief that Bush has committed an impeachable offense. But let’s be clear, most of them want to impeach him because of the 2000 election, and because he has taken the bold step of defending the nation, made hard decisions, and stayed the course in spite of all the ‘experts.’ (Who, if they’re so smart, why have they been so consistently wrong?) If the Democrats win the House in 2006, it will be payback time. And to hell with the cost to the nation.

Update Jeff Goldstein has more:

But then, today’s liberal-Democrats are nothing but opportunistic and increasingly reprehensible tin-plated Macchiavellians; to many of these people, rhetoric trumps truth; spin is paramount, and power is all.

Never before in my lifetime did I find it even remotely possible that our country could fight another civil war. But I’m beginning to think that a (non-violent) civil war is coming — and that, frankly, it needs to happen. How it transpires, I have no idea — though I suspect migration patterns and a strong move to re-affirm federalist principles could provide the groundwork.

Philosophically, we have lost our way. And we’d better find our way back to our founding principles, or — as powerful as we are — we are doomed to slip into nannystate socialism, while a feckless foreign policy permits radical Islam to spread across the globe like the cancer it is.

 

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Written by martinipundit

March 15, 2006 at 11:14 am

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