February 24, 2007
The People vs. Richard CheneyFor the record, I'm still opposed to impeaching Bush and Cheney at this point even if there are compelling reasons to do so, simply because the nation's welfare takes precedence. Look at it this way: when a crime occurs, I rank saving the victim more important than chasing the perps.
Still, Wil S. Hylton's case for impeaching Dick -- and Hylton explains why him and not Bush -- is a good read:
When the Founding Fathers crafted the U.S. Constitution, they wanted to be sure that the president, vice president, and other ranking officials could be evicted more easily than the British monarchy. To ensure that the process would be swift and certain, they made it simple: Only two conditions must be met. First, a majority of the House of Representatives must agree on a set of charges; then, two-thirds of the Senate must agree to convict. After that, there is no legal wrangling, no appeal to a higher authority, no reversal on technical grounds. There is not even a limit on what the charges may be. As the Constitution describes it, the cause may be "treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors," but even these were left deliberately vague; as Gerald Ford once pointed out while still serving in the House of Representatives, the only real definition of an "impeachable offense" is "whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."
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