Go Liz!

Elizabeth Holtzman writing for The Nation:

Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush — not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress. As a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, I believe they are right to do so.

And then she goes into all the reasons why she believes they are right. A good read. This isn’t Republican vs. Democrat. Left vs. right. It’s our current administration vs. the Constitution.

These concerns have been compounded by growing evidence that the President deliberately misled the country into the war in Iraq. But it wasn’t until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)–and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country’s laws–that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate.

Ms. Holtzman is my first cousin once removed…her father was my maternal grandmother’s brother. I last saw her a few months ago at an uncle’s funeral. To me, she’s one of those “you only see at weddings and funerals” type relatives. I don’t know her well personally. Ironically, her “claim to fame” was her role in the House impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. I was only 7 or 8, but I remember seeing her on TV at the time and my grandmother watching with me and being so proud of her niece.

Update (1/17/06): My trackbacks are throttling again so back to doing it the manual way.

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