Not Impeach Bush
by Eddie Ruff
Believe it or not, although I believe the current administration
is involved in a whole litany of scandals, and yes, I believe
Bush, Cheney, et al. are entirely corrupt, I don't believe
impeachment would be the best thing for our country.
Lincoln quoted the Bible in pointing out the a house divided
against itself cannot stand. I believe the nation is currently
as divided as it has ever been. Each side, conservative and
liberal, is demonizing the other; neither wants to back down
The polarization seems to be increasing and in many cases
is leading to paralysis which is blocking the implementation
of helpful policies.
There will be a civil war, eventually, unless one side backs
down. In order to take the high road, and for the good of
our country, I believe the left will have to be the ones to
Don't get me wrong - I do not believe the right has our nation's
best interests at heart. I do believe their coloring of the
world is harmful, and their policies will continue to do damage.
However, I believe we can eventually mitigate the damage through
future policy reversals.
Another long, drawn-out impeachment process, such as the
one from the last administration, would be counter-productive.
Better to expend the energy and resources developing strategies
to get Bush out of office "legitimately" - at the polls. Same
with the House.
Compromise now, even to the detriment of the left - get the
country at least moving again -- then get Democrats back in
there to reverse any damage and get us back on a progressive
With the burgeoning information age going full swing, and
investigative journalism contiunally digging up dirt on everybody,
there may be no end to the scandals we will uncover in each
and every high-level administration as we wind our way through
the 21st century.
Better to merely vote the scoundrels out, as the system is
designed to do, than to continually hound our leaders. If
they are constantly hobbled by the defensive postures they
must assume in order to maintain power, the interests of the
U.S., and the world, will not be advanced as quickly.
So, I say vote him out in 2004, but let's not impeach Bush.
We all know Clinton impeachment was a mistake. Let's not play
tit-for-tat, that would put us at the same level as our opponents.
Eddie has a B.A. in Political Science and is currently
attending law school in California