Entry for January 09, 2006

In the “politics makes strange bedfellows department”. the conservative John Birch Society in its magazine, The New American, published“It’s Not Just a Piece of Paper” on January 9, an opinion piece in favor of impeachment in the voice of Thomas Jefferson, were he alive today,

When in the course of U.S. events it becomes necessary for Americans to demand that their duly elected representatives impeach and remove from office a president, a decent respect to the opinions of their fellow citizens requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to such a course of action.’

The piece enumerates the reasons for impeachment, with links to news articles, and concludes, again in Jefferson’s voice,

A president, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be a leader of a free people.

Then reverting to his own voice, the author states,

Mr. President, when you placed your hand over the Bible, raised your arm, and swore an oath before God to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” (Article II, Section I), that wasn’t ‘just a book’ you put your hand on. And it certainly wasn’t a mealy-mouthed ‘agreement’ you made before your Maker — whose name you have no you have no compunction about taking in vain. And Mr. President, the Constitution is not just a piece of paper.

The opinion piece refers to a story broken in the December 9,2005 Capital Hill Blue,by Floyd County’s own Doug Thompson.

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

By the way, Thompson has a terrific blog called Blue Ridge Muse.

Spent time on Wikipedia articles on Sago, Impeach Bush and Stanley Williams.

Ken Ward, Jr. has some analysis pieces in the Charleston Gazette. will post tomorrow.

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