In this past November’s elections, American
voters signaled their discontent with Republican rule and with
what Democrats call “the Bush administration’s
failed war and fiscal policies.” Shifting power out of
the hands of Republicans, the public elected for the first
time since 1994, a Democratic U.S. House of Representatives
and Senate. The public’s dissatisfaction has festered
since the start of the Iraq war and lead to not just angry
voters expressing themselves at the polls, but also to a growing
call for President George W. Bush’s impeachment.
In October of 2006, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a pre-election
interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes that, “Impeachment
is off the table.…It is a waste of time.” She added, “This
election is about them. This is a referendum on them. Making
them lame ducks is good enough for me.”
Elizabeth Holtzman, of The Washington Spectator, said that “whether
or not it would be a political liability for the Democrats, impeaching
Bush is their constitutional duty.” Holtzman served four
terms in Congress and sat on the House Judiciary Committee during
the proceedings calling for the impeachment of President Richard
According to the U.S. Constitution, “treason, bribery,
and other high crimes and misdemeanors” are grounds for
removing a president from office through the impeachment process.
Holtzman said in a January 11, 2006 article in The Nation that
a President who maintains that he is “above the law—and
repeatedly violates the law—thereby commits high crimes
and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment
and removal from office. A high crime or misdemeanor is an archaic
term that means a serious abuse of power, whether or not it is
also a crime, that endangers our constitutional system of government.”
Many citizens are now publicly expressing their belief that President
George W. Bush has abused our governmental system. Bush has broken
his oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution
of the United States.” Matthew Rothschild states in the
March 7 Progressive Magazine, “George W. Bush and his administration
have been so brazen in violating the law and asserting monarchical
powers that we, as American citizens, must use the tool that
the Constitution provides to reassert our rights, to reset the
system of checks and balances, and to reestablish our democracy.
That tool is impeachment.”
Bush has committed the following impeachable offenses under U.S.
1. Deceiving Congress and the American public in going to war
with Iraq, violating the trust of the American people.
2. Illegally conducting a domestic wiretapping program, violating
the Foreign Intelligence Survellance Act of 1978, as well as
the privacy and constitutional rights of American citizens.
3. Allowing the torture and cruel treatment of prisoners in U.S.
hands, violating the War Crimes Act of 1996, and the Geneva Conventions,
a treaty obligation.
4. Showing gross negligence in responding to Hurricane Katrina
and providing emergency resources, as well as sending troops
to war without properly providing protective equipment for them
and without a sufficient post-invasion plan.
5. Leaking classified information in hopes of covering up his
war deceptions, a possible crime.
Kesh Singh, a senior and visual communications major at HPU,
believes that President Bush should be impeached simply because “he
has screwed the country over by waging an unnecessary war that
has ruined the economy and plunged the country into debt.”
On the other hand, Daniel Maile, a sophomore and anthropology
major, does not feel Bush should be impeached because he supports
similar issues that Bush supports. “I don’t support
abortion, and I do believe that a leader can be appreciated for
taking action instead of not taking action at all. Personally,
it seems that impeachment has become somewhat deglamorized since
For the sake of the survival of our Constitution and government,
I believe the newly elected Democratic U.S. House and Senate
should seriously consider the impeachable offenses of President
George W. Bush and his administration. We must uphold the checks
and balances of our system and maintain a moral and sound administration.
As HPU students, we can and we will make a difference. No longer
is ignorance or disinterest an excuse. The time is now. If not
for yourself, do it for those who don’t have a voice. Speak
out. Regardless of your stance on the issue, express yourself
by contacting our U.S. Senators and Representatives. You may
visit their Web sites at: www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.