Tuesday, December 20, 2005

It is Time!

On Sunday I said that the Republican Party is no longer able to govern under the Constitution because, given clear and convincing evidence—a confession to the American people—of the commission of a felony against the laws of this country, the Republican Party is sitting on its hands and refusing to carry out its SWORN duty to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

But this is the time for impeachment. Republicans who know the Constitution know this. It is time. The case of George Bush is not to be tried on Fox News or in the pages of the NYT or on this website. The Constitution says that the House of Representatives must impeach the President when clear and convincing evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors or treason exist. A confession is both clear and convincing evidence!

Violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as amended is a grievous violation—a high crime, a felony (much worse than a misdemeanor)—which strikes at the very heart of our Constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression and conscience. There can be no breach of this law by the Congress in its War Powers Authority Resolution of September 2001. Such a thing would in itself be unconstitutional. But, moreover, the Resolution never said any such thing!

President Bush must be impeached and brought to trial in the United States Senate for his willful and oath-breaking disregard for essential freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by our Constitution. He must prove that he had authority, not the reverse, not that we must prove that he did not.

President Bush seems to think that as Commander-in-Chief he has special and expanded rights to protect and defend the American homeland. In point of fact, the Commander-in-Chief is always the ultimate authority over the Armed Forces of the United States, (which by law do not operate domestically), but never does the Commander-in-Chief have authority over civilian citizens of the United States ... unless martial law has been declared ... and it has not!

Congress is in recess. Your Representative is home, nearby. You must do your duty as a citizen and call your Representative and tell him or her that impeachment, ugly and distressing as it may be, is his or her duty under the Constitution. Tell them that if the House fails to impeach the entire edifice of the rule of law crumbles and with it the United States of America ceases to be!

Use those words. Add your own. This is the most important moment of your life! and of your country! As Senator Byrd said yesterday in this context, "These are the times that try men's souls."

James Richard Brett