Thursday, August 07, 2008

Why Impeachment Matters

Today is Thursday, 7 August 2008.

On this date in 1964, the Congress of the USA passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, effectively abandoning the Constitution and ceding warmaking powers to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

As, in 2003, a similarly craven Congress passed the infamous “Use of Force” Resolution, allowing President George W. Bush latitude to conquer Iraq.

The Constitution assigns power to declare and wage war to the Congress alone.

The Foundering Fathers [credit Gore Vidal for that riff] knew their history: kings and fuhrers, left to their own devices, slaughter their subjects and enemies on whims. There must be, at least, a check and balance, however frail.

The Congress of 1950 fatally abdicated, when it allowed Truman to wage war in Korea.

A “police action”.

Do police employ carpet bombing? (Yet.)

The Congress of 2003 fatally abdicated their Constitutional responsibilities also.

The Order of the Day: Impeachment, conviction, imprisonment.

On the face of it, as the Universe knows, W. Bush went to war in violation of the Constitution.

Impeachment and conviction could, and should, happen in an afternoon.

(And Cheney in the dock, and removed, also.)


Anonymous reader said...

HH said "Impeachment and conviction could, and should, happen in an afternoon."

I smell a lynching.

9:57 AM  

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