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02 Aug

Off-The-Table-It-Is

I’m sure you have heard, Nancy Pelosi has stated that “impeachment is off the table.” Yes, that’s right, Mrs. Pelosi, the Speaker of our House of Representatives has told the American people that “impeachment is off the table.” I thought, perhaps, I had missed something in my reading of the Constitution, and, so, I checked it out. But, I had remembered the words of the Constitution accurately; Article 2, Section 4 of our Constitution does not read:

“The President and Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States
shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason,
Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors. . . . . .

if the Speaker of the House approves.”

It appears that Mrs. Pelosi has contracted the deadly “bug” that is sweeping through Washington these days: off-the-table-itis. The name of this disease doesn’t do justice to its far-reaching negative effect on the lives of the American people.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney were the incubators of this illness. Sick Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney took the statecraft of diplomacy and international dialogue and cooperation off the table and replaced it with unilateral, preemptive, and unending war.

Feverish Mr. Bush and Mr Cheney then went on to take adherence to the Geneva Conventions off the table and replaced it with torture and extraordinary rendition of our captives.

As the disease raged on, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney took the law against unwarranted domestic surveillance off the table and replaced it with secret, warrantless, electronic wiretaps of American citizens.

And, as with all such contagious illnesses, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have infected many of their close comrades in their administration (you know their names). Working together in unison with Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, each of these sick persons has taken truth off the table and replaced it with lies.

And now, it appears that a variant of off-the-table-itis has infected the Speaker of our House of Representatives, who has decreed that “impeachment is off the table.” One wonders what she has replaced it with. Oh, that’s right–Mrs. Pelosi has replaced our constitutional act of impeachment with a political manuever that she believes will insure a Democratic sweep in the next election. She doesn’t believe the American people would approve of the impeachment of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. She doesn’t believe the American people can deal with impeachment hearings for Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I think she is wrong. I think Mrs. Pelosi needs a large dose of political courage and stateswomanship to boost her immunity to this Washington disease. What do you think?

Note: When asked if she would bar amendments in the upcoming debate on fuel standards, Mrs. Pelosi is quoted as saying, “These are issues of major concern to the American people, and I wouldn’t think of prohibiting them from receiving permission from going to the floor. (Detroit Free Press, August 1, 2007) Evidently, Mrs. Pelosi does not feel the same about the concerns of the 45% of the American people who favor impeachment hearings for Mr. Bush and the 54% of Americans who favor impeachment hearings for Mr. Cheney. (American Research Group)

For those who are undecided about the value of impeachment, go to:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07132007/profile.html

Video and text of “Tough Talk on Impeachment” with Bill Moyers, Bruce Fein, and John Nichols

Mary Oleary-McGlinn

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