Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Peaches on my Mind

AP - President Bush and Congress lurched toward a veto showdown over Iraq on Wednesday, the commander in chief demanding a replenishment of war funding with no strings and Speaker Nancy Pelosi counseling him, "Calm down with the threats." Bush said imposition of a "specific and random date of withdrawal would be disastrous" for U.S. troops in Iraq and he predicted that lawmakers would take the blame if the money ran short. "The clock is ticking for our troops in the field," he said. "If Congress fails to pass a bill to fund our troops on the front lines, the American people will know who to hold responsible." Democratic leaders, determined to force Bush to change course in Iraq, disputed his contention that Congress would be to blame for any funding difficulties in a war they have vowed to end. "Why doesn't he get real with what's going on with the world?" said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, "We're not holding up funding in Iraq and he knows that. Why doesn't he deal with the real issues facing the American people?"

The vast majority of the United Nations told him not to invade - in March of 2003; the vast majority of voters told him he has screwed it all up - in November of 2006; Congress is telling him to work with them on a new approach because the old one has been failing for four long years; and - in the face of all of it - this President still insists that he deserves more taxpayer billions with "no strings" attached!

In February of 1868, the U.S. House voted to impeach President Johnson. Congress wanted Johnson impeached because he refused to cooperate or compromise over black rights and the reconstruction of Southern state governments. But under the Constitution, Congress had to charge him with "high crimes or misdemeanors." Most of the charges related to his violating the Tenure of Office Act by firing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. The constitutionality of this law was questionable and had never been tested in the courts. It was a weak reason to remove a president.

In December of 1998 the U.S. House approved two Articles of Impeachment alleging that President Clinton had provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony to the grand jury regarding the Paula Jones case and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and that he had obstructed justice through an effort to delay, impede, cover up, and conceal the existence of evidence related to the Jones case.

Since March of 2003 President GWBush has unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the vast majority of the UN, insisted upon his own direct responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and over 3,000 U.S. troops, spent over $500 billion that returned absolutely nothing to the domestic economy, and now, beligerently refuses to even discuss any change in these policies with the elected representatives of the American people.

To my way of thinking, Johnson and Clinton were very Minor League Offenders compared to what GWBush has done. Which one of these three men do you think comes closest to having committed "high crimes or misdemeanors?"