Sunday, January 15, 2006

Republicans say impeachment is a solution…

Republicans and Democrats alike fear the internal threat of government more than they fear the external threat of a foreign power.

"The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits." -- Thomas Jefferson to M. L'Hommande, 1787.
"All government is an ugly necessity." -- G.K. Chesterton

Thus, the domestic spying scandal of the Bush administration strikes at the heart of our democracy. And, Bush’s justification is weak at best.

Of necessity, what must we – Republicans and Democrats alike – insist upon when a president, like Geroge W. Bush, threatens the existance of our democracy by the abuse of power? Republican Sen. Arlen Spector says impeachment:

“STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, if the president did break the law or circumvent the law, what's the remedy?

SPECTER: Well, the remedy could be a variety of things. A president —and I’m not suggesting remotely that there’s any basis, but you’re asking, really, theory, what’s the remedy? Impeachment is a remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution, but the principal remedy, George, under our society is to pay a political price.”


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