Kudos to Kucinich

Kudos to Kucinich

Impeaching Cheney: Step One

The Nation — That Vice President Dick Cheney is the ripest target for impeachment in the Bush White House is beyond debate.

Cheney has been the administration’s primary defender of torture, so much so that the consistently cautious Washington Post referred to him in an editorial as the “Vice President for Torture.” That creates a conflict not just with the Geneva Conventions but with the 8th amendment to the Constitution’s bar on cruel and unusual punishment.

Cheney has, for decades, argued for an expansion of presidential powers that far exceeds anything intended by the founders of the Republic, and with his calculated moves to disempower Congress, to keep official meetings and documents secret, and to get the president to operate by executive orders and signing statements, he has dramatically and intentionally undermined the rule of law and the Constitution.

The list goes on, but the point is clear: Never in the history of the Republic has a member of the executive branch been so ripe for removal from office as Richard B. Cheney.

And, as of Tuesday, Congress will have an opportunity to begin the process of holding the most powerful — and the most powerfully abusive — vice president in American history to account.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, will introduce articles of impeachment against Cheney.

He’ll be savaged- or ignored- by the media, in fact, you can almost see the little dog heads of Faux Jazzera going “What an amusing notion, how quaint” as they tut tut their disapproval, but this is a vital first step in reclaiming the country. Kudos to you sir.

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