Monday, July 31, 2006

Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush

Got a copy of this last week at a meeting of citizens in Highland Park working on a resolution for their town council's consideration. Good read. Quote is from the 1866 Supreme Court decision in Ex Parte Milligan, just after the Civil War.

"The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism, but the theory of necessity on which it is based is false; for the government, within the Constitution, has all the powers granted to it which are necessary to preserve its existence, as has been happily proved by the result of the greatest effort to throw off its just authority."

The phrase "anarchy or despotism" is remarkably succinct, because those are indeed the only two possible results. Either the people will lose all faith in the government, and revolt into anarchy, or the government will lose all respect for the people, and assume unto itself the character of despots.


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