Monday, March 26, 2007

Enough Is Enough! It's Time for 'Regime Change' at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

From the Iraq War to Illegal Spying to 'Lawyergate' Scandal, The Bush Administration Thinks It Has the 'Divine Right of Kings' to Do Whatever It Wants. It Has Abused Its Power and Is No Longer Fit to Govern. It Must Be Impeached.

By Skeeter Sanders
(With Apologies to Thomas Jefferson)

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In the more than 230-year history of this republic, there has rarely been a time when, in the course of human events, this nation's people have found themselves confronted with a government in Washington, D.C. that has acted with such a reckless disregard for the Supreme Law of the Land embodied by the Constitution of these United States that the officers of said government are bound by their oaths of office to uphold, support, preserve, protect and defend.

Rarely also have the American people been confronted with a government in Washington, D.C. that has so flagrantly and repeatedly demonstrated a total disregard for their will, as expressed through their votes cast at the ballot box.

Rarely still have the American people had to endure the consequences of a reckless foreign policy by said government that has inflicted extreme damage to the credibility and honor of this great nation -- and, in the process, pose a greater and greater threat to the rights, privileges and liberties guaranteed to the American people by the Constitution of this land.

Yet this is precisely what the executive branch of the government of this nation has done in the more than six years since George Walker Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States. In those six years, the presidential administration headed by George Walker Bush has committed actions in diametric opposition to Constitution and to the principles upon which this nation was founded to a degree absolutely unparalleled in the modern history of this republic.

An Administration In Total Defiance of the Will of the American People

Now, the officers of the executive branch of the government of this nation have sunk to a "bunker mentality," openly disdainful and defiant of the will of a nearly two-thirds majority of the American people expressed at the ballot box last November 7. They have chosen instead to thwart the people's will by stifling their duly elected representatives in the legislative branch of government -- and in the process, totally disregard the system of checks and balances between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government established by the Constitution.

By its actions, the administration has created a climate where the people of this nation are confronted with the mounting realization that it may become necessary to remove from office those in the executive branch of government most responsible for these egregious actions, in order to ensure that the executive branch acts in a manner that displays a decent respect for the clearly expressed will of the people of this nation and for the Constitution by which all officers of the government are sworn by their oath office to uphold, support, preserve, protect and defend.

As the founders of this country declared more than 230 years ago, we hold these truths to be self-evident: That all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Government Abuses of Power Can No Longer be Tolerated

To that end, the government derives its powers with the consent of the governed and that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter it or to abolish it and institute a new government, laying its foundation on these principles and organizing its powers so that it cannot operate without the consent of the governed.

Such a drastic step cannot be taken lightly. This nation, after all, was founded as a direct result of the overthrow of a government imposed upon by another nation, whose head of state was also named George -- King George III of Britain, to be precise.

And much like his imperial namesake of 18th century, our modern King George the W. has headed a government that has compiled a long record of abuses of power and usurpations of the law, pursuing invariably the same pathway taken by George III that, unless checked, will lead inevitably toward absolute despotism.

It is particularly shameful that King George the W. and his government has undertaken such abuses and usurpations in the name if preserving the nation's security in the face of external threats, in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. In the process, they have created a climate of fear that now threatens to turn this nation toward the kind of authoritarian, if not totalitarian, dictatorship frightfully envisioned by yet another George -- the British author George Orwell in his haunting novel, 1984.

Benjamin Franklin observed, rightfully, that those who seek to exchange freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security. When confronted with a mounting threat to their freedom by their own government, the American people have a right -- indeed, an obligation -- to put a stop to it by removing from government those responsible for threatening their freedom and security and placing into government those who will respect, honor and defend the principles of freedom and human dignity that this country was founded upon.

A President Who Thinks He's a King

The history in office of the current president of the United States is, much as that of the British monarch at the time of the American Revolution, a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.

To prove this, let the facts be submitted to a candid world:

He has declared that the United States is in a state of war against terrorism, yet never asked Congress for a formal declaration thereof against countries believed to give sanctuary to al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations -- when Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution clearly says that Congress has the sole authority to declare war, an authority that it has not exercised since 1941.

He has instituted a system of electronic surveillance on American citizens' telephone and Internet communications without authorization by a court of law, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which bars the government from undertaking unreasonable searches and seizures.

He has established a system of tribunals to prosecute foreign nationals suspected of engaging in or plotting terrorist actions against the United States, outside the purview of the judicial branch and without the prior authorization of Congress, in violation of the constitutional system of checks and balances.

Exploiting Post-9/11 Climate of Fear to Grab Greater Power -- And Silence Critics

He has exploited the climate of fear generated in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to ram through Congress laws ostensibly aimed at combating terrorism, but containing many provisions that at best suspect under the Constitution's Bill of Rights and at worst flagrantly violates it.

He has likewise exploited that same post-9/11 climate to browbeat into silence Americans both inside and outside of government who, alarmed by the sweeping and unprecedented accumulation of executive branch power, began raising their voices against it, daring to accuse them of being "unpatriotic."

His attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, has had the audacity to threaten to prosecute news organizations on the grounds of "leaking classified information" in exposing the government's abuses of its authority, most notably The New York Times' December 2005 expose of the government's unconstitutional warrantless domestic spying program.

Defying the Constitutional Separation of Church and State

His faith-based initiative has come under increasing attack from civil libertarians and secularists as a violation of the First Amendment's ban on the government favoring one religion over another, with critics noting that millions of taxpayers' dollars have gone mostly to conservative ministries operated by political supporters of the president, including those headed by televangelist Pat Robertson and the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

He has also sought to make a religious approbation against homosexuals the supreme law of the land by pushing for a constitutional amendment barring them from marrying each other -- despite the First Amendment's clear prohibition against Congress making any law imposing a particular religious doctrine, as well as an equally explicit constitutional ban (Article VI, Section 3) on the imposition of a religious test as a qualification for a "trust" -- in this case, the issuance of a marriage license.

He has sought to replace federal prosecutors -- which he appointed in the first place -- for purely partisan political reasons, rather than for clear malfeasance in office. And he has done so during his second term in office, whereas every other president has traditionally made personnel changes at the beginning of his tenure.

Bush Disregards Congress, Courts; Deceives Public on Reasons for War in Iraq

He has decided to disregard the oversight authority of Congress by refusing to allow his key aides to testify under oath before congressional committees and vowing to refuse to honor congressional subpoenas for his aides' testimony, an act of deliberate stonewalling by the
White House not seen since the Watergate scandal that drove President Richard Nixon from office -- and despite a 1974 ruling by the Supreme Court that executive privilege cannot be invoked in investigations by Congress and/or the courts of suspected wrongdoing by officials of the executive branch.

He has obstructed the administration of justice by refusing to allow judicial review of many of his policies dealing with the treatment of suspected terrorists -- until the Supreme Court slapped him down, not once, but twice. Yet he continues to refuse to have terrorism suspects tried in civilian courts of law -- and has even revoked the constitutionally guaranteed right of habeas corpus with his pushing through of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

He has deceived the American people and the international community about the reasons for this country going to war against Iraq. He sent then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, a national hero from the 1991 Gulf War, to present the United Nations Security Council with bogus intelligence reports on Saddam Hussein's alleged stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction -- stockpiles that were never found by either U.N. weapons inspectors before the war or by U.S. troops since the 2003 invasion. Powell has since repudiated his action in the Security Council as "the darkest mark on my entire career" and has publicly rebuked the president for his handling of the war.

And despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he continues to adamantly insist that the war in Iraq must be won, no matter how many American soldiers are killed and maimed in what everyone but the president and his regime now openly acknowledge is a sectarian civil war that is rapidly turning Iraq into another Vietnam for America.

These Abuses Cannot Continue to Go Unchecked Any Longer

In every stage of these abuses of power, Americans have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; their repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury, often in the very public casting of aspersions on their patriotism by this government and/or its allies.

For these repeated abuses by the executive branch, it is, therefore, necessary for the people's representatives in the Congress of the United States of America, begin proceedings to bring these abuses of power by the executive branch to a halt, either through appropriate legislation or, if that fails, through the impeachment and removal from office of the perpetrators of said abuses of power.

The freedoms and liberties that all Americans are entitled to enjoy under our Constitution and the honor of our country in the eyes of the rest of the world depend on it.

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From: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont):

I have heard from a number of Vermonters concerned about the continuing war in Iraq . This Administration has not only failed to provide any credible, lasting solution to the deteriorating security situation on the ground, but has also ignored the need to set real benchmarks for success and a timetable for the withdrawal of our troops.

For far too long, Congress has provided the President with a blank check for this war, never questioning the immense costs or lack of strategic goals.

Thank you for your past correspondence.

(As the senior senator from this blogger's home state of Vermont, Senator Leahy is a regular subscriber to my blog.)

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Volume II, Number 15
Copyright 2007, Skeeter Sanders. All rights reserved.


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