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Let's Not Impeach Bush
February 22, 2002
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 or compromise.

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 do so.

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 path.

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









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