McGovern: “Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse”

In aWaPo editorial George McGovern lays out the case for impeachment of Bush-Cheney.

Of course, there seems to be little bipartisan support for impeachment.
The political scene is marked by narrow and sometimes superficial
partisanship, especially among Republicans, and a lack of courage and
statesmanship on the part of too many Democratic politicians. So the
chances of a bipartisan impeachment and conviction are not promising.

But what are the facts?

Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses.
They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed
national and international law. They have lied to the American people
time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced
our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the
world. These are truly “high crimes and misdemeanors,” to use the
constitutional standard.

McGovern also includes Katrina response..

In addition to the shocking breakdown of presidential legal and moral
responsibility, there is the scandalous neglect and mishandling of the
Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. The veteran CNN
commentator Jack Cafferty condenses it to a sentence: “I have never
ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this
situation in New Orleans.”
Any impeachment proceeding must include a careful and critical look at
the collapse of presidential leadership in response to perhaps the
worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Impeachment is unlikely, of course. But we must still urge Congress to
act. Impeachment, quite simply, is the procedure written into the
Constitution to deal with presidents who violate the Constitution and
the laws of the land. It is also a way to signal to the American people
and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present
drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets
who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an
American patriot.

9 thoughts on “McGovern: “Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse”

  1. perhaps the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
    this is the only thing I’d argue with him about: it was the worst MANMADE disaster

  2. It just occurred to me that I see more activist activity in support of Darfur than in support of New Orleans. That puzzles me. Both are certainly man-made problems.

  3. NOLA is american blacks, and they apparently need to be kept in the getto. (yeah, the media doesn’t see the poor whites getting shafted)

  4. I agree with him 100%. I do wish Edwards, or another of the top 3 would get with Kuchinich and Wexler on this too. Make the investigation into ALL the crimes of this administration into a campaign platform, along with the populist stuff, out of Iraq, infrastructure repair and energy independance and global warming. (Sheesh a long list) But to do any of tose things the President will need a mandate from the people. And the only way to get a mandate is to ask for one. I think Edwards is the one who could use this to really differentiate himself from the other 2. We know Hillary won’t pursue it, because Bush didn’t. I don’t think Obama will, because it goes against the working together thing. We know Nancy and Harry won’t do it, even with a bigger Dem majority in both houses and a Dem president, because well they’ll just have too much more to do to enact the new Presidents agenda, etc.
    The only way to get these traitors and criminals investigated and punished is to run on it, and if you win, then you got your mandate. I know a lot of moderate Republicans who are disgusted with it all and want them to face a righteous wrathful punishment as well.

  5. I’m coming back to comment on a second reading as I realize how numb I have become… here is McGovern, a focal point of the Watergate era, saying things are worse now. And a removal of the executive was an imperative then… as it should be now.

  6. Just reiterating Virgotex’s comment that New Orleans’ disaster was manmade, not natural. The hurricane basically missed us. The faulty levees got us. The Bush people responded by congratulating themselves on TV.

  7. In the man’s defense, he was talking about Hurricane Katrina which included the failure of the manmade levees in New Orleans but also the truly natural disaster stretching along the Gulf Coast.

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