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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

IMPEACH!!! Because It's Chimpy W. McBushitler! HALLIBURTON!!!


The DUers are all abuzz over this story out of the Judiciary committee:

June 27, 2006
Legal Experts to Senate Committee: Bush "Signing Statements" Unconstitutional, Impeachable


In a hearing today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on presidential signing statements, which Ranking Member Leahy called "a grave threat to our constitutional system of checks and balances." Recent reports have highlighted how Bush has issued these orders in record numbers and exercised unprecedented overreach by giving himself the authority to ignore certain parts of the laws he signs.

Because of the extralegal nature of the signing statements, there is nothing for Congress or the Supreme Court to actually overrule. Nevertheless, the statements are binding for policy implementation.

Bruce Fein, attorney and renowned legal scholar, told the committee that Bush has essentially given himself a line item veto power by declaring portions of new laws unconstitutional and offering his own revisions.

"These statements, which have multiplied logarithmically under President George W. Bush, flout the Constitution's checks and balances and separation of powers. They usurp legislative prerogatives and evade accountability," Fein said. "The President does not enjoy a constitutional option of unilaterally pronouncing a provision he has signed into law as unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it on that count."

Citing Bush's behavior as "alarming," Fein suggested that the President could be impeached for "political crime(s) against the Constitution."

Legal Experts... otherwise known as Moonbat Lefties with JD's.

Here is an excerpt of my previous post on the subject of signing statements, which demonstrates that the Left is off the deep end on this one:
First, all Presidents have used signing statements. Clinton used them regularly... and it is in their perogative to indicate to the legislative branch those provisions which the President feels are encroaching on presidential powers, typically those involving the military since the President is the Commander in Chief. These disagreements are ultimately decided by the Judicial Branch. This is called checks & balances. Here are some examples of instances where signing statements were used in the past... from this 2003 presentation by Christopher Kelley of the University of Miami-Ohio.

The first signing statement was issued by James Monroe... at issue was, yes... you guessed it, the military:
[In] reality the first use of the signing statement was done by President James Monroe. President Monroe issued a statement regarding interpretation of a law he had signed a month earlier. The law both reduced the size of the army and laid out how the president would select new officers. Monroe had gotten criticism from Congress for not abiding by the congressional demand to appoint officers, instead arguing in his signing statement that the president, not the Congress, had the constitutional responsibility of appointing officers.

Another signing statement (which to me seems to be an overreach by the executive, since it dealt with "interstate" commerce and had a tenuous relationship to the military) was issued by President Roosevelt:
Now, I know that this is the heart of the matter. The Left fails to recognize that we are at war... until they recognize this fact, we will find few things on which to agree.

And Bill Clinton's assistant Attorney General, Walter Dellinger, made the following statement to Abner Mikva regarding signing statements:
[the P]resident has enhanced responsibility to resist unconstitutional provisions that encroach upon the constitutional powers of the Presidency. Where the President believes that an enactment unconstitutionally limits his powers, he has the authority to defend his office and decline to abide by it, unless he is convinced that he court would disagree with his assessment…[I]f resolution in the courts is unlikely and the President cannot look to a judicial determination, he must shoulder the responsibility of protecting the constitutional role of the presidency
And finally, even President Carter used a signing statement to invalidate portions of a law that he disagreed with:
For example, in the “Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, the Judiciary, and related agencies for fiscal year1978”5, an amendment was added that prohibited “the use of funds under this Act to carry out [President Carter’s] amnesty program [for the Vietnam War draft resisters].” When President Carter signed the law, he noted his objection to the amendment because it interfered with his pardon power, was an unconstitutional bill of attainder, and denied due process of the law. To carry out the pardon, President Carter would have to process all of the re-entry applications for those draft resisters that left the country. Even though the Justice Department announced that the restriction would prevent the re-entry of many of the draft resisters, in the end the Carter administration ignored the amendment and processed all of the applications.

But, I should know better... these inconvenient truths will be cast aside when the target of the criticism is Chimpy W. McBushitler!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (3)
Causal said...

Impeach Bush yourself! This is much more than just a petition.

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.

That's where we come in. In addition to the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.

You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in.

More information on the precedent for submitting an impeachment
memorial, and the House Rules on this procedure, can also be found at
the above address.

If you have any doubts that Bush has committed crimes warranting
impeachment, read this page:

If you're concerned that impeachment might not be the best strategy
at this point, read the bottom of this page:

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush, June 18, 2002

"War is Peace."
Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984

St Wendeler said...

Causal - Next time, might behoove you to read the content of my post...

or perhaps you've got a low score on reading comprehension?

But hey, thanks for spreading the word about impeachment. It's a winner for the Left politically.

St Wendeler

St Wendeler said...

btw, another thing that's a real winner for the Left is communism.

I see that your Impeach For Peace initiative is sponsored by World Can't Wait... Here's the record from Discover the Network:

World Can't Wait
* revolutionary communist movement that stages protests against the Bush administration
* Organizes college and high-school students

Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, World Can't Wait (WCW) is a direct action movement seeking to organize "people living in the United States to take responsibility to stop the whole disastrous course led by the Bush administration." The organization asserts that removing President Bush from office "will be like removing a forty-pound tumor from your gut." WCW vows "to send Bush, Cheney and the rest of those fascists packing. ... After that, there are people in 'World Can't Wait' who are working for everything from reforming the Democratic party, to building a 3rd party, to revolution."

I know, I know... I'm a McCarthyite...