Yes, it’s a cliché. A bumper sticker. But it needs to happen. The wiretapping is the last straw.
Arguments against an impeachment effort:
- Republicans control the House, so Bush will never be impeached;
- conviction requires 67 senators, so he will never be removed;
- if he is removed, we have President Cheney until 1/20/09;
- the time and effort involved in impeachment would be better spent formulating solid policy positions and strategies for 2008 and beyond.
Arguments for an impeachment effort:
- Bush deserves to be impeached on principle;
- even if a serious effort fails, it will educate people;
- a serious effort could tie up Bush’s agenda for the rest of his presidency.
Something to keep in mind, at least if you are an optimist:
The American people stopped the Vietnam War–against the wishes of the President–and forced a reluctant Congress to act on the impeachment of President Nixon. And they can do the same with President Bush. The task has three elements: building public and Congressional support, getting Congress to undertake investigations into various aspects of presidential misconduct and changing the party makeup of Congress in the 2006 elections.
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….
Finally, if this pressure fails to produce results, attention must be focused on changing the political composition of the House and Senate in the upcoming 2006 elections. If a Republican Congress is unwilling to investigate and take appropriate action against a Republican President, then a Democratic Congress should replace it.