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Vermont senators adopt resolution to impeach Bush, Cheney

  1. Apr 20, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4733426.html

    Could this finally be the beginning?

    I always did like Vermont.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2007 #2
    Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  4. Apr 21, 2007 #3

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    go brattleboro!
     
  5. Apr 22, 2007 #4

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    The Senate of Vermont? What a joke!
     
  6. Apr 22, 2007 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Inspired response!!!
     
  7. Apr 22, 2007 #6

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    Inspiring OP!

    Well seriously then Ivan - you tell me how this has anything to do with the beginning of anything? You posted the thread. Make an argument! What use does it have? It is a non-binding resolution in a state legislature. Just a nothing statement by politicos being politicos.
     
  8. Apr 22, 2007 #7
    I completely agree. Please for me and the rest of us tell us exactly what Bush has done that is not part of the powers in titled to the executive branch.

    Where as we have the armchair quarterbacks in congress who need to grow a spine and use there actual powers of the purse and cut off the funding for the war if they think it has gone on long enough. The "do nothing" congress needs to stop trying to take over the powers of the executive branch with there non binding resolutions and time tables for withdrawal and stick to there powers. We have one commander in chief not 535. This political garbage is really destroying this country.
     
  9. Apr 22, 2007 #8
    I Agree +1.

    As far as constitutionality and legality, Bush has used all that he is allowed to use. They might have abuse of public trust going for them but that's not an impeachable "offense." What politician hasn't abused public trust?
     
  10. Apr 22, 2007 #9
    If they're gonna impeach Bush and Cheney then they need to make sure it's for lying to Congress about the threat Saddam's regime posed in the middle east.If they're pissed off about the outcome of the invasion/war then they should n't use that as an excuse to impeach Bush and Cheney - they only seemed to get keen on impeachment when the war looked as though it was going wrong from the point of view of the USA and Bush and Cheney looked like an embarassment/liability to the US!!
     
  11. Apr 22, 2007 #10
    theres any number of articles they could lay at their feet. Certainly more than a favor from an intern, and subsequent obstruction, by 1-2 orders of magnitude. Taken in its totality I would call it despotism.
     
  12. Apr 22, 2007 #11

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    exactly when did bush and cheney begin to look like an embarrassment to you? for me it was before they were elected.
     
  13. Apr 22, 2007 #12

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    My position is that he clearly has abused power and this can now be shown by a Congress that is willing to perform its job of oversight and issue subpoenas. And sure enough, as soon as they did, we have a slew of missing White House emails that are required by law to be preserved. We will see where that one leads. As for justifying the actions of Vermont, their motives are discussed in the link. A good number of cities have called for impeachment and now we see it at the state level. I find this to be very encouraging.

    I can name a couple of dozen reasons why I think he should be impeached, but what legal grounds are best to pursue is not yet clear. If nothing else, making a false official statement is punishable by five years in prison, so technically this alone might be an easy path to pursue - ie the public trust.

    Technically he has shown himself to be incapable of performing his sworn duties [also a reason for removal from office] since he clearly doesn't yet know what they are. Contrary to his popular claim of protecting the American people as a highest priorety, in fact his highest priorety is to protect the Constitution. Show me where "protecting the American people" is his primary responsibility, anywhere in the Constitution. I believe that a clear pattern of abuse of power makes the case for removal from office due to a failure to perform his primary duties. But without a super-majority in the Senate, the Dems know that they will need a legal smoking gun. I also believe that Pelosi's promise was made knowing full well that new evidence would allow her to support impeachment without justification, in spite of her promise to the contrary.
     
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  14. Apr 22, 2007 #13

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    I awoke in a hotel room in Georgia to the news that Bush, not Gore, had won. I actually thought that I was having a nightmare at first. Then I realized that I had left the TV on and this was actually happening. And indeed it has been a nightmare almost ever since, but much worse than I imagined.

    And just for the record, I didn't care much for Gore either, but given the choice...
     
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  15. Apr 22, 2007 #14
    A high misdemeanor is left up to interpretation by the congress. Based on his piss-poor job performance, I am sure they can find a reason to Impeach Bush.

    Not controlling his people in the leaking of a CIA agent, hows that for one. Goes with misdemeanor and treason. You dont have to prove it was Bush himself who said it, just that it was his incompetance that lead to the event.

    Better yet, dancing around the Geneva convention for terrorists because they are not a country army.

    How about severe misinformation to the public and congressmen leading up to the events of a war of disasterous proportions in all of US history?

    If they really want to, they can kick his ass out of office. When you are THAT incompetent the people have every right to boot you.
     
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  16. Apr 22, 2007 #15
    <Our side of the floor stands up and claps> Here here!
     
  17. Apr 22, 2007 #16

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    Technically, this is the law in its entirety

    http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/pdf/con005.pdf

    IMO, Bush and Cheney have shown abundantly that they are incapable of performing their duty to protect the Constitution.

    http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Article2
     
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  18. Apr 22, 2007 #17
    One things for sure, when his presidency is over, he isnt going to be welcomed anywhere in the world, and Im glad for that.

    He can spend the rest of his days alone in his ranch, because apparently Laura and him dont get along anymore either.
     
  19. Apr 22, 2007 #18

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    Would Bush's performance qualify as dereliction of duty, and is that a valid reason to impeach?

    His signing statements are troublesome, since he uses that rather than a veto, and the legality of some may be in question.
     
  20. Apr 22, 2007 #19
    What false statements would those be? If they are the whole lied to congress about WMD in Iraq then I'm going have to saw try again as I pointed out here 36th post.

    As for not knowing his sworn duty as president, with out the American people there is no need for the Constitution of the United states. Therefore when he says protecting the people of the united stated I say there one in the same. Also if we are going to go down this road then Pelosi need to be up there to for her attempt at being Sec. State and commander in chief, clearly not in the powers of congress.

    If you think that you can have 100% control over the thoughts and minds of someone under you then either you are being foolish or wanting to live in some Orwellian world. On that I'll take a pass. This would be like you getting fired or arrested because your kid said something that was despairing to the company you work for, or doing something illegal. Hardly seems fair to me.

    As for the Geneva convention it dose NOT cover terrorist. If you can prove me wrong out of the Geneva convention, then by all means please do. The fact that they are still alive in GB Cuba with shelter, food, water and there holy books is infinitely more then they deserve. If you remember anything from this post remember this. All of the Islamic fascist want the entire world to be under there sick and twisted form of Islam, and if you don't believe in there twisted words then you must be killed.

    Well I'm going to have to Disagree with you. This is America and we are free to disagree.

    As for all of you that label me a right wing Bush supporting nut job, well I'm not there are several things that I think he has handled poorly. Should he be impeached for it, no.
     
  21. Apr 22, 2007 #20
    <Shrug> I dont care if its not fair, I just wanted a reason to impeach him. Do you really think I *care* if its fair?


    <Rolls my eyes>, ok thanks. Because we all know the terrorists were trying to take over the world before 9-11....righttt. I smell a load of crap.

    PS, did I said dancing around the Geneva convention.

    <Shrug> Again, what they deserve is irrelevant. Oh, how about a trial. I think they deserve that. <rolles my eyes some more>

    You know, Im from the middle east, I dont need to hear this "they want to make the world Islamic" nonsense. It's a bunch of BS, ask anyone from the ME and they will tell you the same. You're just buying into the crap portrayed in the media.

    Now, Im not trying to be rude to you, so dont take it that way. But I just wont hear that argument anymore, because it does not hold water.
     
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