I have news for George W. Bush! Deliberately misleading the "sovereign" is not merely impeachable, it is high treason. Conspiring with his NEOCON buddies to do so is most certainly criminal conspiracy as dealt with in numerous decisions of the Supreme Court. I use the word "sovereign" because, under our Constitution, the people themselves are sovereign. Not Bush. Not Congress. Not the High Court.
Treason is a crime of disloyalty to one's nation and under the US Constitution the nation is the people themselves. Treason connotes treachery, a breach of allegiance. If a President, indeed any US official lies to the people, he lies to the sovereign. A person, even a "President", who betrays his sovereign or cooperates with an enemy (as did Ronald Reagan) is considered to be a traitor. Bush, by deliberately deceiving the "sovereign" for the purpose of perpetrating war crimes including the capital crimes of killing civilians in a war of choice, a war of naked aggression is nothing if not treasonous! In 16th Century England, that would have been enough to get your head chopped off.
What then is to be done about a rogue President so hell-bent on bombing the hell out of the Iraqi people, so hell bent on ordering war crimes against civilians that he would deliberately deceive the Congress and the people of the United States?
What is to be done about a "President" who is out of control and poses a threat to America and the world? Could it be......impeachment? Rats are readying to jump ship.
[S]ome big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he’s doing things would be OK…etc., etc. This is called a “bunker mentality” and it’a not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous. Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now in circulation.
UPDATE:Sean-Paul Kelley has more.
UPDATE II: Carpetbagger: “Bush has apparently taken to whining about how unappreciated he is. As I recall, Nixon started talking the same way, right before he was driven from office. This isn’t encouraging. In fact, if Bush starts wondering what he can do to prove everyone wrong about his greatness, this kind of thinking could get scary.”
Pack his bags. The surge is already a dismal failure.
Posted April 29, 2007 11:00 PM
But nuances no longer might be enough to keep Republicans from breaking ranks. GOP leaders warn that they will need dramatic evidence of progress, something that has been in short supply in Iraq, to maintain support for the war."We need to get some better results from Iraq both politically, economically and militarily, and that needs to happen in the foreseeable future," said House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a Bush administration loyalist.
In the meantime, Dennis Kucinich has introduced House Resolution 333 to Impeach Dick Cheney:
It may be time to bone up on the succession.
Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
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