October 4, 2007
This morning I was struck by this passage in a post written by Liss over at Shakesville:
When do we start impeachment proceedings?
Yeah, yeah—I know. But we should. Dammit, at this point, the only way to show this nation does not condone the despicable actions of this administration is to start impeachment proceedings. Even if they fail. We should. It’s the right goddamned thing to do.
It made me think of a passage I’d noted the other day in Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which I’m currently reading:
Andrew Johnson clashed with Senators and Congressmen who, in some cases for reasons of justice, in others out of political calculation, supported equal rights and voting for the freedman. These members of Congress succeeded in impeaching Johnson in 1868, using as an excuse that he had violated some minor statute, but the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds required to remove him from office. (99)
Just to reiterate: Johnson was impeached during an election year, allegedly for violating “some minor statute.”
I’m just saying.