First, the good news.
The Daily Caller discovered that a former Democratic congresswoman made quite a compelling argument for the president’s impeachment in the very left-leaning magazine, The Nation.
In calling for the “immediate impeachment of the president,” former New York Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman cited abuse of powers, warrantless wiretaps and mass surveillance of American citizens as constituting high crimes and misdemeanors, “the constitutional standard for impeachment and removal from office,” she wrote.
And as she said, she “sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon,” so she certainly knows what she is talking about.
“A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law–and repeatedly violates the law–thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors… 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,” Holtzman continued.
Holtzman was particularly incensed that “it now appears that thousands of calls were monitored and that the information obtained may have been widely circulated among federal agencies.”
She compared this impeachable abuse of power, as so many have done recently, to actions taken by Nixon. “Among his other abuses of power, President Nixon ordered the FBI to conduct warrantless wiretaps of seventeen journalists and White House staffers,” Holtzman wrote. “Although Nixon claimed the wiretaps were done for national security purposes, they were undertaken for political purposes and were illegal.”
According to the article in the Nation, Holtzman noted:
The framers of our Constitution feared executive power run amok and provided the remedy of impeachment to protect against it. While impeachment is a last resort, and must never be lightly undertaken (a principle ignored during the proceedings against President Bill Clinton), neither can Congress shirk its responsibility to use that tool to safeguard our democracy. No President can be permitted to commit high crimes and misdemeanors with impunity.
But impeachment and removal from office will not happen unless the American people are convinced of its necessity after a full and fair inquiry into the facts and law is conducted. That inquiry must commence now.
She proceeded to call on fellow Americans to “deploy the full range of mobilizing tactics” and get their elected representatives onboard with impeachment proceedings because “nothing less is necessary to protect our constitutional system and preserve our democracy:”
Drumming up public support means organizing rallies, spearheading letter-writing campaigns to newspapers, organizing petition drives, door-knocking in neighborhoods, handing out leaflets and deploying the full range of mobilizing tactics.
An energized public must in turn bear down on Congress. Constituents should request meetings with their Senators and Representatives to educate them on impeachment. They can also make their case through e-mail, letters and phone calls.
Holtzman concluded with a reminder that the president’s impeachment would leave us better off as a nation: “As awful as Watergate was, after the vote on impeachment and the resignation of President Nixon, the nation felt a huge sense of relief.”
Now for the bad news, which the Daily Caller didn’t tell its readers in an effort to show the hypocrisy, but I’ll tell you:
Holtzman’s article in The Nation was from January 2006 and was called, “The Impeachment of President George W. Bush.”
Downright eerie, isn’t it?
H/T: Daily Caller and Brothers Judd Blog