Point-Counterpoint: By Mike Green

"The Constitution defines certain offenses for which he [president] may be impeached, and adds to them 'other high crimes and misdemeanors.' The occasion of impeachment is thus left to the discretion of Congress ...

"Commander of the army and navy, he [president] can use them only to enforce the laws of Congress. They are not his creatures." (Harper's Weekly, Jan. 26, 1867)

The lives of our brave military volunteers must be protected by the American people from abuse by those leaders who ruthlessly sacrifice their lives in pursuit of so-called "vital" economic goals. Impeachment is a process within the power of the representatives of the people, and that of the states as well (according to Thomas Jefferson), that must be exercised to avoid tyranny in the Oval Office.

Bush apologists say Bush has not been accused of breaking the law. Thus, the president may:



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At the time of the Constitutional Convention the phrase "high Crimes and Misdemeanors" had been in use for more than 400 years in impeachment proceedings in the British parliament, from which the phrase was borrowed. The impeachment of Warren Hastings, governor-general of India in 1786, was based upon violation of "high crimes and misdemeanors." Specific charges were gross maladministration, corruption in office and cruelty to the people.

The framers of the U.S. Constitution knew well the intent of the phrase, and had few debates over it.

Today, we face tyranny in the Oval Office. In defiance of the American people, Bush is determined to use as much of our money and sacrifice as many of our brave volunteers as needed to achieve goals in Iraq supported by Congress on the basis of deliberate deceit. The president may ignore our cowardly Congress, but if our legislature continues to ignore the people, its members will suffer the fate they have failed to exact upon the president ... removal from office.

Mike Green is the content editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings. He can be reached at mgreen@dailytidings.com