With one week before the 2014 mid-term elections, we should think about three presidential impeachments and the impact on our community. The good news is that one of them can still be avoided. Of course, impeachment is a need process in our democracy—Nixon. But, like many other things, people in Washington use it to play dirty games.
First, I can’t stand people who don’t respect the “fair and square” American election process or those who choose to IGNORE the law. The latter would be un-American to me. For example, the law says Blacks are citizens with the right to not be killed but that didn’t stop others from blowing off those laws since 1864.
Andrew Johnson: Johnson was a Tennessean who became Abraham Lincoln’s vice president. Upon Lincoln’s assassination, this southerner became president and this moderate clashed with Radical Republicans who wanted to give former slaves more rights as citizens. His “high crimes and misdemeanors” involved ignoring a law that stopped him from removing Radical Republican and Lincoln appointee William Stanton as Secretary of War, a position that oversaw the readmitted South at the time.
Johnson escaped removal from office by the U.S. Senate by one vote and it is generally understood the compromise on the rights of Blacks got him the needed votes.
Bill Clinton: Dam, he was a good president and that drove Republicans crazy. The man was fair, he listened to every side and he left office with a budget surplus. Because they couldn’t get him in the polling place, they tried to get him for lying about creeping. The biggest crime was that his wife was a much better women than the chicks he was chasing but we don’t need to list all of the presidents who wouldn’t keep it in their pants. That list would include some of the greatest.
The rough aspect of the Clinton impeachment/witch-hunt is that it took away from the real business of governing…being the leader of the free world. If my memory serves me correctly, Zaire/Congo was in the middle of a near genocide in 1998 but the White House was busy dealing with impeachment. Countless deaths could have been avoided but President Clinton had to spend his political capital addressing the GOP nonsense on the Capitol. If you asking them about that today, they grin as if to say “part of the game.”
Barrack Obama: The far right wing of the conservative movement can’t wait until the day after the election. They are discipline enough to stop talking publicly about impeachment from the after the primary election until the day after the general election. They don’t want to wake the sleeping giant known as the Obamacrats. With Republican control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, President Obama will likely be impeached and could be removed from office for the offense of doing what he was elected to do rather than what the sour minority of the American people want him to do. They want him to leave.
In addition to impeachment, the House and Senate will be constantly bringing the Obama cabinet members and administrators to Capitol Hill to explaining every action since they came to office—oh, you haven’t seen gridlock yet.
In summary, you can love or hate the policies of a White House but you should respect the rights, duties and authority given a president by the American people. Democrats gave that respect to the second President Bush despite his questionable election.
Anyone who seeks to weasel around the democracy process is unconstitutional and, in my book, un-American. Oh, nothing is new under the south sun, son. We are talking about the people who laughed at federal court orders and U.S. Supreme Court rulings for years…..fire hoses, cattle prods, matches.
Everyone that doesn’t vote will forfeit their right to be surprised by the impeachment of the sitting American president for no good reason.