Two recent Nation offerings have brought in huge amounts of mail: Elizabeth Holtzman’s “The Impeachment of George W. Bush” [Jan. 30], about which mail continues to come in, and “The Torture Complex” [Dec. 26], our year-end special issue. –The Editors
IMPEACHMENT IN THE AIR
Re: “The Impeachment of George W. Bush”: Bring it on!
Mountain View, Calif.
I strongly support Elizabeth Holtzman’s call for impeachment. I am only surprised that her list of offenses did not include the illegal detainment of American citizens.
Elizabeth Holtzman nailed it, with this exception: The most egregious example of George W. Bush’s “reckless indifference to his obligation to execute the laws faithfully” is his “signing statements,” by which he usurps the power of the judicial branch (by pretending to “construe” the law) and the legislative branch (by asserting the inherent power to disregard statutes like FISA–which expressly limit executive action).
D. LAWRENCE OLSTAD
Miami Beach, Fla.
At last, a Nation cover that cheers me up! But Elizabeth Holtzman leaves out one crucial point: Yes, the nation felt relieved when Nixon stepped down, but we were then left with President Ford, an altogether decent guy. If Bush leaves office, we get… President Cheney. If he serves less than two years of an unfinished term, he can run for election twice. New battle cry: “Impeach Cheney First!”
Forget Impeachment! You don’t really want Darth Vader Cheney in the White House or Dr. Stangelove Rumsfeld. I am an old FDR Democrat who voted for W in 2000 because the Clintons had pushed liberalism into libertinism. However, these resurgent Republicans can win elections, but they cannot govern. Look at W’s folly in Iraq and his tax cuts for the Haves and Have Mores, which are putting us in hock big time to China and foreign banks. This is not healthy for our beloved country.
World War II Vet, Patton’s 3rd Army
Elizabeth Holtzman’s article is thorough, compelling and so glaringly truthful and fact-filled that it makes me wonder if most of America is asleep. Can the ultra-conservatives be so obsessed with turning America backward with a stacked judiciary, Congress and executive that they turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the criminal abuses of their leadership?
Elizabeth Holtzman deserves applause for pointing out that the Constitution makes the President the Commander in Chief only of the armed services, a distinction that I almost never hear made, even by lawyers and lawmakers. (As a US historian, such ignorance drives me nuts.) There is no such thing as a Commander in Chief of the American people, and the obligation to protect them is shared by all branches of government.