Wednesday, July 25, 2007


When in the course of human events...

Look. I know this is post just more of the same thing I posted last week. But this time I'm quoting Josh Marshall who seems halfway to changing his position towards favoring impeachment.

Without going into all the specifics, I think we are now moving into a situation where the White House, on various fronts, is openly ignoring the constitution, acting as though not just the law but the constitution itself, which is the fundamental law from which all the statutes gain their force and legitimacy, doesn't apply to them.

If that is allowed to continue, the defiance will congeal into precedent. And the whole structure of our system of government will be permanently changed.

Whether because of prudence and pragmatism or mere intellectual inertia, I still have the same opinion on the big question: impeachment. But I think we're moving on to dangerous ground right now, more so than some of us realize. And I'm less sure now under these circumstances that operating by rules of 'normal politics' is justifiable or acquits us of our duty to our country.

The argument in favor of impeachment goes beyond the simple political calculus and straight to the dire need to salvage what is left of our constitution. If nothing is done; if this President is allowed to ignore the law of the land this brazenly, then the executive branch itself has become a rogue institution unchecked by the Congress and utterly unaccountable to the citizenry it purports to govern. No, I'm not being a civics geek either. These are issues that go to the very heart of what makes us American. It's worth taking some action. Even if you're a Douchey Dem.

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