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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Vermont Calls for Impeachment

The Vermont Senate is fed up with the Bush administration. The state Senate voted 16-9 to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The vote was taken without any formal debate by the Democratically controlled legislative body. The nonbinding resolution asks for US Representative Peter Welch to introduce the legislation into the House of Representatives, which would begin the process of impeachment. They say the actions of the administration raise "serious questions of constitutionality."

Welch and the Vermont delegation immediately rejected the resolution. While, the acknowledge and share in the anger of many Vermont residents with the president, they say that now is not the time. Congress is currently in the process of investigating several of Bush's decisions including justification for war in Iraq.

"Before we talk about impeachment, it is imperative that these investigations be allowed to run their course, and we should then follow wherever the facts lead," the delegation said in a statement.
In March, 40 towns approved a measure to impeach the president.

My Opinion: I would like nothing more than to see President Bush and the Penguin, I mean Dick Cheney be impeached. I honestly believe that the mistakes this administration has constantly made is far worse than the reasoning for impeachment for President Clinton. No President in history deserves to be impeached more than this one. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton didn't lie about threats to bring the United States into a war, which has cost thousands of lives of American troops and innocent civilians.
That being said, I agree with the US Representatives from Vermont. Allow Congress to finish its investigations of Bush, let them build a case.
Impeachment may very well pass in the House, but with a narrow margin in the Senate it is unlikely that Bush would be found guilty without overwhelming evidence of misconduct.
If anything did lead to impeachment, I would find it interesting to see how Chief Justice Roberts would handle the proceedings of the impeachment of the president that appointed him to the Supreme Court.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.


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