I just got done watching Dennis Kucinich introduce 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush live on C-SPAN. My take is that the Bush administration has run rampant, wielding Executive power as if it were a light saber, cutting and slicing through the Constitution, US Law, international law, valid treaties, common sense, human dignity, logic, reason, and morality. That makes these Articles long, long overdue, and makes Dennis Kucinich a patriot and a hero (I never thought I’d say that about him!), in addition to being kind of a doink.
After 7 years of this administration, the US is despised around the world, and rightly so. The good news is that if we act to show the world that this administration did not speak or act for our Republic, but instead acted against what we stand for, then we can take the first steps in the journey of a thousand miles to reclaiming our moral high ground. We will also send a message to subsequent administrations that the US is not a monarchy, and the President is bound by the rule of law just like the rest of us.
I think the chances are slim that these Articles of Impeachment will result in the removal of Bush or any of his administration from office. However, they need to be taken seriously by Congress. Pelosi has stated repeatedly that the House will not attempt to impeach Bush, but I think she needs to rethink that position. The ONLY way to heal the festering sore that is the Bush administration is to rip off the bandages, examine the wounds, scrub, clean, and disinfect. Keeping them under wraps will simply turn it into political gangrene, slowly poisoning this great country.
Here is the full list of the Articles of Impeachment:
Article 1: Creating a secret propaganda campaign to manufacture a false case for war against Iraq.
Article 2: Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.
Article 3: Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.
Article 4: Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.
Article 5: Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.
Article 6: Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114.
Article 7: Invading Iraq without a declaration of war.
Article 8: Invading Iraq in violation of the U.N. charter and international law.
Article 9: Failing to provide troops with body armor and vehicle armor.
Article 10: Falsifying accounts of US troop deaths.
Article 11: Establishment of permanent bases in Iraq.
Article 12: Initiating a war against Iraq for control of that nation’s national resources.
Article 13: Creating a secret task force to guide our nation’s energy and military policy.
Article 14: Misuse and exposure of classified