Saturday, March 11, 2006

Levies and races oh my

In my last entry I noted that the race between Juan Vargas and Bob Filner was the only one in California that had a viable Democrat trying to unseat annother Democrat, this was wrong. Lynn Woolsey, the representative of the 6th District of California, is being given a run by Joe Nation, the State Assemblyman, you may remember Representative Woolsey from Sheehan being let into the State of the Union with the controversial shirt.

Anyway, to day is going to be a short rant. I don't know if anyone else has noticed the recent news about Bush being warned August 28th, 2005, it is not only on the main news but also discussed on the Daily Show, about how Bush knew that the levies were going to be a problem, promised to aid in every way possible (including praying) and then, denied the fact that this problem was addressed, but it seems to me that maybe we are being too hard on Bush. He may have lied, gone against the US interestes with the port interests and attempted to use that and other economic insentives to "bribe" foriegn countries to help us out on our "war on terror", may be a bit incompetent, may have sent many of our soldiers to die for a cause no one is truelly sure of, but at least he didn't have an affair. That could get him impeached.

Why was Clinton impeached again?

According to the brilliant people over at Wikipedia (as in anyone who cares to edit it)

President Bill Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998 by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228-206 vote) and obstruction of justice (by a 221-212 vote). Two other articles of impeachment failed — a second count of perjury in the Jones case (by a 205-229 vote), and one accusing Clinton of abuse of power (by a 148-285 vote) was acquitted by the Senate.

This brings up the question of why a president can be impeached.

(Also From Wikipedia)
For the executive branch, only those who have allegedly committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" may be impeached. Although treason and bribery are obvious, the Constitution is silent on what constitutes a "high crime." Several commentators have suggested that Congress alone may decide for itself what constitutes an impeachable offense.

It is my personal belief that the current President has commited gross violations that could be considered high crimes against our civil liberties and the liberties of others, including their very lives. While lieing to the press is hardly perjury, it is my belief that the American people ought put together a grand jury, and have the President subpoenaed and testify so that any more lies that are thrown out there he will be accountable for.

There are others out there who already have put together articles of impeachment, but I doubt they will get very far.

-Antisthenes out

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