It has been more than 7 years of abuse by this administration. More than 7 years that has included an illegal war, torture, insanely and suspiciously high oil prices, illegal wire tapping, outing of a covert CIA agent, many unethical if not illegal practices, an abusive use of cronyism, elimination of civil liberties and Habeas Corpus, using fear against the American people to achieve political goals, excessive use of wedge issues to distract and divide the American people and so on. I have only scratched the surface of the abuses of power brought on by this administration.
Just as reprehensible is the complicit nature of the Congress and the corporate media. Anyone who disagrees with or challenges the policies of this administration are relentlessly smeared by the administration and amazingly also by the media. To be called unpatriotic solely because you voice your disagreement with your government is disgraceful.
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
“To question your government is not unpatriotic — to not question your government is unpatriotic” -Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
The call for impeachment can actually be found in the first official document representing the United States of America.
By briefly reviewing the Declaration of Independence as scribed by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the founding fathers of this great nation it is clear that they would have taken issue with this 43rd president and his minions and would have insisted that Congress impeach. It is also clear that they would have taken offense at the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi who has repeatedly bellowed that impeachment is off the table.
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — …
(This long train of abuses and usurpations have continued for more than 7 years. To toss out this government (Impeachment) and provide new guards is not only our right but our duty.)
Read on to see some of the examples Thomas Jefferson listed in the Declaration that applies to today.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. … (This makes me think of the Patriot Act, that Iran bill, the denouncing of MoveOn.org, the pharmaceutical bill, the bankruptcy bill, the vetoing of the stem cell research bill, etc)
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. (In this case he has fired judges)
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. (Iraq anyone?)
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. (Blackwater anyone?)
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: …
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: (Guantanamo anyone?)
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences: (Gitmo again?) …
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. (Blackwater again?)