Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Do the impeachment math!

Various polls indicate that around 40% or so of Americans support the impeachment of President Bush. A sampling of the reasons, taken from a popular petition, include:

  • Violating U.S. and international law by authorizing the torture of thousands of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths, and keeping prisoners hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Violating the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal "War of Aggression" against Iraq without cause, using fraud to sell the war to Congress and the public, misusing government funds to begin bombing without Congressional authorization, and subjecting our military personnel to unnecessary harm, debilitating injuries, and deaths.
  • Violating the Constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans, legal residents, and non-Americans, without due process, without charge, and without access to counsel.
  • Violating the Geneva Conventions by targeting civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances, and using illegal weapons, including white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new type of napalm.
  • Violating U.S. law and the Constitution through widespread wiretapping of the phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant.
  • Violating the Constitution by using "signing statements" to defy hundreds of laws passed by Congress.
  • Violating U.S. law by using paid propaganda and disinformation, selectively and misleadingly leaking classified information, and exposing the identity of a covert CIA operative working on sensitive WMD proliferation for political retribution.
  • Subverting the Constitution and abusing Presidential power by asserting a "Unitary Executive Theory" giving unlimited powers to the President, by obstructing efforts by Congress and the Courts to review and restrict Presidential actions, and by promoting and signing legislation negating the Bill of Rights and the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

For purposes of comparison, Clinton was impeached with only an average of 35% approval for the following offenses:
  • Lying about sleeping with the chick who brings in the mail.
Will someone please explain to me how this makes any sense?

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