Listening to the far-left’s cries for impeachment one can seriously believe that the United States has become akin to fascist Germany. They seriously believe people are being rounded up in the middle of the night because they “spoke out”. Never mind not one single example can be mentioned.

Today the California Democratic Party passed a resolution calling for impeachment. This is significant because the California Democratic Party is no small organization.

The unfortunate thing is, many claims they make for Bush’s “crimes” are either not crimes or not true. While I’d prefer my elected leaders to not lie to me, there is nothing illegal about it. That, and whether or not he used false information, the fact that he was wrong does not prove he lied. In fact, if one actually reads the Downing Street Memo, they’d realize Bush genuinely believed the information he used. Being wrong is not a crime.

Further, “disclosing the name of an undercover CIA operative” is simply not true. First, undercover CIA operatives do not work at Langley… ever. However, more importantly, the facts have shown that it was Richard Armitage that leaked the name, not Bush.

Lastly, there is the issue of “signing statements” that are “used to ignore or circumvent portions of over 750 Congressional statutes.” Read the Constitution, the President is the chief law enforcer in the state and checks and balances allow him the leeway into how he applies the law. There is certainly on crime there.

While we can all find things we disagree with Bush about, impeachment is no small matter nor a political club to beat others with. When Clinton was impeached at least there was a crime involved (perjury), and at best all one could say was that it was a small crime that was “just about sex.” In this case, there are no real crimes involved at all.

Yesterday, Representative John Murtha had a rare moment of honest and told America what the impeachment drive is about. On CBS, Murtha said “What I’m saying, there’s four ways to influence a President. And one of them’s impeachment”.

The impeachment drive was never about the Geneva Conventions, the war, or any other supposed crime. It is about criminalizing conservatism, or more appropriate, criminalizing any idea not accepted by Democrats. Even a very flexible reading of the Constitution requires the President to be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”. No where is it even remotely suggested that impeachment is even legal in the case of political disagreement or unpopular policies. In fact, likely such an impeachment, if it occurred, would be overturned in the courts on just those grounds.

The party of “hate crimes” and “speech codes” has always sought to bring the law to bear to provide outside pressure to the debate. Instead of engaging in debate, they engage in threats. It’d be far easier to just ride out the next year and a half and just elect one of their own to the office instead. That is the democratic way, after all.

Impeachment talk began roughly on inauguration day in 2001 and it hasn’t stopped then. While Bush has certainly given them plenty of PR fumbles for the left to beat him up with, they certainly don’t rise to the level of impeachment. Since gaining power in Congress, the Democrats have consistently engaged in actions that rape our constitution and enshrine their own power. At least John Murtha is honest about it.

John Bambenek is the Assistant Politics Editor for BC Magazine and is an academic professional for the University of Illinois. He is a syndicated columnist who blogs at Part-Time Pundit and the executive director of The Tumaini Foundation which helps AIDS orphans and other children in Tanzania to get an education. He is the current owner of BlogSoldiers, a blog-only traffic exchange.

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