Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution [Presidential Oath of Office]:
The emphasis is mine.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
I have seen not one minute speck of evidence that George W Bush has preserved, protected, or defended our Constitution. He has taken the document and shredded it, laughed at it, ignored it, disparaged it, and stomped it into the dirt.
Signing statements; executive orders; circumvention; calumny; black ops; secrecy . . . in the interest of national security, my ass!
I think impeachment is insufficient. Perhaps arrest, imprisonment, and trial for treason is in order. There are many who feel he should be given up to the world community to be tried for crimes against humanity. And what of his cabinet and advisors?
That phrase, "to the best of my ability." Although I disagree with all of you who claim this administration is "incompetent", I do entertain the notion that he has been "unable" to fulfill his sacred obligation to the US Constitution . . .
He and his administration have been constrained from doing so by their masters. They have been paid to do the job of radical capitalist globilization. Everybody works for somebody. Our government, alas, works not for us.
While we're at it, we should engineer a preemptive strike of our own: the possible next Speaker of the House, Nancy "The Ghost" Pelosi, has already ruled out impeaching Bush. Pelosi, and perhaps the entire Congress, might be locked up for complicity and conspiracy.
From Answers.com . . .
trea·son (trē'zən) pronunciationHave not George Bush and Dick Cheney violated allegiance to the Constitution, the document which is the basis of our country and its sovereignty? Have they not consciously and purposefully acted to aid our enemies by energizing the forces of hate and terror and turning the world against us, thus endangering the very safety and liberty they have sworn to protect? Have they not cynically and totally betrayed our trust and confidence? Have they not handed over the power of the people to multinational corporations and the engines of globalization, selling out and denying us our rights?
1. Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman treson, from Latin trāditiō, trāditiōn-, a handing over.]
Has not the Congress co-conspired in these very same acts, supporting the Administration's policies, failing to represent us and keep us informed and safe? Are the members not all traitors in allowing the executive to wage wars they have not declared? From Wikipedia:
Under the War Powers Clause, only Congress may declare war, but in several cases it has, without declaring war, granted the President the authority to engage in military conflicts . . . Although the executive branch and the Pentagon have asserted an ever-increasing measure of involvement in this process, the U.S. Supreme Court has often reaffirmed Congress' exclusive hold on this power (e.g. Burns v. Wilson, 346 U.S. 137 (1953)).Furthermore, Article 1, Section 9 states, "The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it . . . No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed."
Unless I missed it, there is no rebellion or invasion. Congress has not per se violated this section, because it is the Executive which has done so. But in failing to oppose this action, Congress has again abdicated its solemn responsibility. Here is the oath of office taken by every member of the House of Represenatives:
I, Loyal Citizen of the Republic, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."All enemies, foreign and domestic . . ." Clearly, a strong majority in Congress violate this oath, often with "purpose of evasion". Senators, by the way, take the same solemn oath. Same obligations. Same abdication.
Please notice that in each of these oaths, support and defense of the Constitution is key. Supporting this document may take the form of amending it, in a process that insures that it is not amended easily or precipitously. According to these oaths, failure to adhere to the Constitution without amending it is criminal.
And have we not all betrayed our country and each other by walking quietly away from two stolen presidential elections, shrugging our shoulders and saying, "well, wait until next time?" Now there is no "next time", for the next time and the time after that will be like the last time. Same script, different actors, same directors and producers. We're just an audience for the greatest horror show ever made. Popcorn anyone? Coca-Cola? Valium? Razor blades? Anyone? Anyone?
The peoples of Beijing, Mexico City, Mogadishu, Kathmandu, Budapest, Kiev, and others rage in the streets in response to such atrocities. We draw our curtains and watch it on TV.
In November, 2005, President George W Bush declared that our Constitution is "just a goddamned piece of paper." His actions say the same thing. Congress does nothing. Numb or dumb, we just turn away and hope it will somehow disappear or be a bad dream. Treason? If not, then what?
Before I go, I just want to plug a blog I have recently found: Sine.Qua.Non has been added to my "Resources and Recommemdations" list as a "Daily Read". This guy is great and is more than deserving of our readership and support.
One other quick note. Although it's been up for quite awhile now and there are only six votes, the P!oll responses are 100% in favor of a Bill Moyers for President campaign. He has said he won't do it. I respect that, but we have two years to persuade him. So why don't you vote? It may be more satisfying and effective than a vote on Tuesday.