Impeachment is for Clinton!

Clinton photochopped on nixonThis is a follow-up of Nick’s earlier posting: What’s Impeachment For Again?

It seems every time Bush gets in poltical hot water, the finger pointing apologists (*cough* Drudge Report Flash *cough*) come out of the woodwork and scurry to find a way to make sure Bill Clinton catches the blame somehow. This story is no different with some waving this gotcha document around gleeful that they’ve found yet another way to tell us that, yep… Clinton sucked too.

This time they’ve dug up Executive Order 12949, whereby then-president Clinton writ into law:

Pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978], the Attorney General is authorized to approve physical searches, without a court order, to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year, if the Attorney General makes the certifications required by that section.

Ok, fine. Let’s just impeach Bill Clinton again and blame him for all the harm caused by the executive order he signed. Let’s impeach Clinton and make a damn fine example of him, because god forbid we hold the guy in office accountible for executing the flagrantly unconstitutional order.

After that, maybe we can all team up with these “responsibility” gurus and sue some gun manufacturers on behalf of the dude who was shot with one. Then later, we can all sue McDonald’s because they cooked some food that made us fat. Who needs to take responsibility for their actions when you can just blame other people for allowing you to have access to harmful options?

Moral relativity whaaaaa…?

  1. If you look at the Clinton and Carter E.O.s on Drudge, they both clearly specify that the President is authorizing the A.G. to act only in accordance with FISA.

    This is excatly what Bush is REFUSING to do, instead asserting that the AUMF Act somehow “revoked” or “superseded” FISA.

  2. “I bet almost every President since Hoover has acted unconstitutionally.”
    I bet every president since the posistion was created has probably acted unconstitutionally. That doesn’t make it right though. It doesn’t matter who does it, it’s wrong. Bush deserves inpeachment much more than Clinton did; however, it seems unlikely because it doesn’t have to do with sex. If something about Bush surfaces involving cheating, He might get impeached right away.

  3. AB,

    I agree with you. It is wrong to violate the Constitution. I think that Hoover was probably the last President to follow the Constitution and when it caused a few problems (that would have in my opinion fixed themselves) the people elected FDR.

    They should all have been kicked out of office.

  4. yeah, the words “if the Attorney General makes the certifications required by that section” requires the AG to certify that no one within the borders of the u.s. or any american citizens abroad are subject to the search.

    clinton’s executive order required all searches to comply with FISA. bush’s ordered the violation of FISA.