Impeachment: What are the qualifications?
Wikipedia indicates that impeachment is often misunderstood and the constitution explains that:
Now let’s look at what a recent article by Orson Scott Card said by highlighting an also recent Doonesbury cartoon:
The comic strip, by Garry Trudeau, shows a professor teaching a class, in which he compares two presidents — Bush and Clinton. Of Bush he says, “The first president initiates a bloody, costly, unending war on false premises … and approves covert policies of illegal detentions, kangaroo courts, extraordinary renditions, torture, and warrantless wiretapping of thousands of Americans.”
Of Clinton, he says, “The second president lies about hooking up with an intern. Question: Which one should be impeached?”
Simply looking at the text of the comic, once can obviously tell that the Trudeau is a Democrat and is bitter about the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
So was Bill Clinton guilty of Impeachment? According to the Wikipedia article both should be impeached if what Trudeau says about Bush is true.
Here’s the significant difference: Bush’s transgressions are still very much left to interpretation. Clinton lied under oath and it has been proven. I don’t think even liberals will disagree with the fact that he committed perjury. They just argue that it’s not a big deal.
So if Bush is convicted of wrongdoing he will and should be impeached. But until then, there shouldn’t even be talk of impeachment.
As for the rest of the article, I think Card gets a little too personal and gets into too much name-calling. But a few good points are hidden behind the personal attacks. The following paragraph hits the spot:
Because democracy is loathsome to elitists like Trudeau. They sneer at the thought that all those stupid Arabic-speaking people could ever have a working democracy, because they don’t even like the working democracy America has. They believe government should be run only by Smarty-Pants like them, not by the unwashed masses who stupidly elect President who don’t pronounce “nucular” the way they do.
Does this fall in line with what The Idealist says about the rich and powerful wanting to control government? This statement seems a little more geared toward the left, but can it be applied to both?