Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Party favor

A number of Libertarians have expressed interest in moving a resolution for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney at the Libertarian Party's upcoming national convention in Portland, Oregon. Of course, in order for a resolution to be moved, it first must be written. Here's my initial proposal (which has not, as of this writing, been adopted for promotion by any group):

Whereas, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have twice entered onto the offices of the presidency and vice-presidency of the United States respectively, and have twice taken corresponding oaths binding themselves to preserve, defend and protect the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas, in numerous and diverse cases pursuant to their execution of those offices, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have flagrantly violated those oaths, that Constitution and statutes duly enacted pursuant thereto; and

Whereas, the crimes of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have resulted in numerous wrongful deaths, illegal searches and seizures, illegal imprisonments and other violations of inalienable and constitutionally secured rights, said violations punishable under the United States Code, Title 18, Sections 241 ("Conspiracy against rights") and 242 ("Deprivation of rights under color of law"); and

Whereas, the crimes of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney clearly rise, on both common sense and precedent, to the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" specified as grounds for impeachment in Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Libertarian Party, duly gathered in national convention this (date) of July, 2006, on behalf of the party's members and in solidarity with all freedom-loving Americans, calls for the immediate resignation from office of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney; Or,

Failing such resignation, passage of Articles of Impeachment on the aforementioned grounds by the US House of Representatives, and conviction on the charges included in said Articles by the US Senate; and,

Further, following said resignations or impeachments, referral of all relevant charges to a duly empanelled grand jury for consideration of criminal indictments.

I decided to forego offering a bill of particulars for several reasons, although one could easily be inserted.

Tear it apart and make it better.

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