Imagine trying to get present-day Democrats and Republicans, in 2008, to 'sign off' on this following sentence:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Do you honestly think it could happen? Our Patrician Senators and Partisan Representatives are more beholden to their Fascist Lobbyists and industrial Campaign Donors, then 'quaint' notions of Liberty, Justice and Tranquility...
Gonzales had described the Geneva Conventions as being “obsolete”, regarding the 'strict limitations on questioning of enemy soldiers', and had called “quaint” its 'provisions requiring that captured enemy be afforded such things as commissary privileges, scrip...' etc.
Nevertheless, outrage is justifiable when the true quote is read: torture IS obsolete, unless an Administration (aka “misAdministration” here at ZENmud Productions) seeks to pervert our Democracy, the innate role portrayed by the better nature found in the hearts of most, or some American citizens...
When the word 'impeachment' flies today, often in reaction to the known war crimes perpetrated from the highest levels of this misAdministration, it always amazes me how partisan the term has become.
Those of us who lived through the Nixon regime, and more recently the Clinton regime, may or may not have attached party-loyalty to the governmental actions of those days... but look above!
“We the People”
That is as pluralistic as one can achieve – we the PEOPLE:
as holders of the powers of government, through our votes;
as parents of children for whom we yearn to pass on the freedoms our fathers and mothers fought for;
as citizens of the world, who should care more about other living cultures;
as custodians of our Planet, for which no money-back guarantee has ever been offered.
Regard if you would, Articles I and II of our Constitution:
Article I, Section.2.
“The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
(original wording for your timeless pleasure)
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
And completing this survey, the Article II section on the Presidency:
On Impeachment, then, it is important that a legal philosophy be suggested; that in the House of Representatives, elected by 'We the People', that the House must rise above partisanship, if a Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors have been committed while any civil Officer, Vice President or President hold an elected Office.
This occurred during the second Nixon presidential term: the 38-member House Judiciary Committee brought a resolution to the vote (a truly great historian's article in Time Magazine) based on their four quarrelsome days of debate:
Wherefore Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.
Six sitting Republican House Members, voted with the totality of Democrats (21), by a vote of 27 to 11, to have this committee decision reported to the floor of the House. That committee vote sealed Nixon's fate: either he was to submit himself into the hands of the House, or act himself, in choosing resignation.
While the anxiety on the nation and the world, through Nixon's horrible acts of conscience, was great, the bipartisan nature of those deliberations, in the face of crimes against the Constitution, allowed the procedures put in place by our Founding Fathers to roll slowly towards Justice, and resolution of the problem.
In retrospect, the one-sided nature of the Clinton impeachment process, and trial in the Senate, had all the earmarks of petty partisan retaliation for the Nixon impeachment. In fact, the treatment of Clinton, both by his opponents and the Mainstream Media (MSM) that was becoming the Republican Party's falsifying Fascist full-strength force for uncivil governmental discourse, had minimal support from citizens who held any allegiance to both parties.
Whether this situation could be resolved, in essence through the creation of a new Constitutional Amendment, is still unclear... How do you force 'bipartisanship', which should be striven for in nearly all Federal legislative decisions? Can it be forced, could it backfire? Perhaps!
Yet a sample wording for such an Amendment could be:
"Where any decision is taken by a properly designated Committee, toward any civil Officer, Vice President or President, that such Officer shall be placed under investigation for Impeachment, that no Committee action shall be taken which does not receive support from at least fifteen percent of the Committee's sitting Members of the House of Representatives from that Officer's own Party."
One could even say that, since the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, that certain radical right-wing elements had acquired a finer perception of the powers of 'Character Assassination', which was certainly more profitable to the Press, than the resulting chaos and potential for conviction through 'Bullet-Assassination'
Thomas Jefferson, he of a thousand quotations, once said:
"Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health, no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society."
How is Liberty promoted, when a Citizenry fears the future, when a Press guides and promotes that fear, and when a Country's politicians run on election platforms that stoke the fires that feed into that Fear?
In doing the work of the People who elected the Officers in our Legislative branch, those Officers: Senators and Representatives, must remember to separate the work on their desks, from the financing of the campaigns which found them in their Offices.
In the House, the questions should be raised, as to whether war crimes constitute “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”, and bipartisan support through a House Judicial committee investigation and vote should send a Bill of Impeachment to the Senate.
This is the essence and existence of Liberty in our country.
And if in reading this, one were to ask oneself how ZENmud Central could ever anticipate any Republican support for Articles of Impeachment, given their rancune against Democrats, and their liaison with the Fascist Mainstream Media, the only possible answer is to remember how something became broken.
IT was NOT 'Democrats' that pushed Nixon out of Office: it was Nixon.
IT was NOT 'Democrats' that tried to push Clinton out of Office: it was Republicans, in retaliation, or in 'Character Assassination', who tried their hardest to thwart the will of voters who voted under their responsibilities: as “We, the People”
IT is NOT 'Democrats' who are ashamed of Bush, "Bush the Lesser" as President: it is...
We ARE the People, and the duty we hold now is towards that of our children's future, in a world that responds to the actions taken by civil Office holders that have forgotten their priorities: they are voting for their campaign financial benefactors, not for those, in whose name, they attained and hold Office.
A second presidential term, that ends without consideration of the devastation and division wrought by the current misAdministration, and without producing bipartisan support for a resolution for Impeachment, brought by the true 'owners' of the American Government, will have vast implications for the future of Democracy, in the North American continent.
Bush cannot be, has not been, will never be judged in the objective light of policy decisions gone awry: he will always be known as the worst politician of the Twenty-First Century...
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