Nothing More Than Feelings

It’s been said many times that “liberals feel, conservatives think.” While not always true, it has a certain element of truth to it. And I’ve discovered signs that the stronger the liberals feel, the less they’re able to think.

Prime evidence of this is here.

The guy here wants to impeach Bush. Apparently he knows it’s the only way to remove Bush involuntarily, so he’s in favor of it. But he’s apparently ignorant of the actual procedures and mechanics of impeachment.

There’s a pretty good account here, but let me summarize:

1) The House of Representatives must pass Articles of Impeachment, by a majority vote. The Republicans currently hold a majority of the House.

2) The Senate then tries the President, in a trial presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Unless two-thirds of the Senate (that’s 67 Senators) vote to convict, the president is acquitted. The Republicans currently have a majority in the Senate, too.

3) While the grounds for impeachment are vague (Article II, Section 4 states that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”), but has been historically understood to be appropriate for only the greatest of offenses. Only two presidents have been impeached. Andrew Johnson was accused of violating a law that kept him from removing from office any Cabinet officers appointed by his predecessor, while Bill Clinton was accused of lying under oath during a civil trial. While both men indisputably did commit those acts, in both cases they were acquitted. In Johnson’s case, the consensus was that the law was inappropriate; in Clinton’s, his defenders successfully argued that it was “just about sex,” not about perjury.

But I guess it would be a harsh thing, to inject reality into this poor guy’s furious little ravings.

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