Has every president this nation has ever had been recommended for impeachment? It seems like I keep hearing that word being bandied about lately. Whether or not impeachment is deserved and justified for our current president, one of the motivating factors behind the call for impeachment is treason. I admit I have been somewhat confused by this. Last I checked the charge of treason is typically leveled at someone who turns against their own nation with the intent of bringing it down and destroying it by delivering it into its enemies hands. I don’t see that happening. I guess I’m just confused by all this.
I realize that a lot of people are upset with the present administration. Seems like we go through this every four to eight-year cycle. As much as I support our president, even I have been dissatisfied with some of the decisions he’s made. ((Especially where it comes to fiscal responsibility.)) Despite all the criticisms, however, treason is _not_ one charge that I think can be honestly leveled at him. I do believe that his decision to go to war with Iraq and take down a vicious dictator, along with all the other military decisions he’s made, was done so with this country’s best interests and protection at heart. I believe our president loves this land dearly, else he wouldn’t have taken up the seat he has held for the last six years. However good or bad some of his decisions have been, I don’t believe that treason has played any part in it. Frankly, if people really believed it did, I doubt very highly that he’d still be sitting in the Oval Office today.
I’m still very disillusioned with politics and with the powermongers who claim to be doing their best to meet the needs of the people they represent. In no way, however, do I think that my attitude toward these men and women gives me the right to make unfair and untrue accusations against them, nor should it give anyone else the right to do so. If you are going to challenge the authority and integrity of our leaders, such challenges ought to be restricted to those issues that actually exist, not these fictional fantasies that are contrived just so that one can fuel the momentum behind their own power play. To this date, I’ve yet to see treason enter into any political argument with any kind of veracity and staying power.
It aggravates me when I hear people talk who clearly have no idea what they are talking about. There have been a number of topics in the news lately that I have _wanted_ to comment on but simply won’t because I know I don’t have the whole picture. For instance, there has been a lot of outrage over Bush’s use of wiretaps in his pursuit of national security. A lot of people are up in arms about it, calling for his impeachment (as if _that’s_ unusual; apparently, impeachment is the answer for everything) and calling his term the worst in history. First of all, that sort of rhetoric is becoming very old and tired; we hear it with every single president. Secondly, there are places where wiretapping without warrants is illegal, but I have to wonder if Bush isn’t within his rights to do what he’s doing. I honestly can’t comment at any great length because I don’t have enough information about the situation to say anything. I can only point out the fact that I can see both sides of the issue, and frankly, I’m not terribly worried.
Another example — the Colts lost their first and only playoff game this past weekend, after running a regular season record of 14-2, with a 13-game winning streak to start out. A lot of Indianapolis locals are calling for a change of coaching staff and possibly even some of the starting lineup. I watch just enough football to know that I enjoy it more than I used to and that I back the Colts; they’re a great team. I don’t know enough to know what the cause for Sunday’s abysmal performance was. Personally, I think they just choked under the pressure, but again, there are a lot of logistics to the game about which I am unaware. And so I reserve my opinion for now, until that point when I opt to take the time to educate and inform myself further. At the very least, this is likely the last and only time my opinion on these two examples will ever be heard.
I wish more of our leaders would do the same. I watch political and religious leaders alike make these horribly inaccurate statements, saying things that make them and the organizations they represent look like a collection of fools. Knee-jerk reactions are evermore becoming the rule, as people race to voice their opinions, to turn the cameras and the lights onto themselves, rather than patiently waiting for more information before forming opinions and declaring them. Apparently, everyone’s in a big rush to get things done, to make themselves look good, that the quality of work is negligible — no one knows what it means to be patient or to exercise wisdom, and I think that is terribly unfortunate. I just wish more people would take more time to inform themselves before firing off ridiculous statements that anyone can see are painfully inaccurate.
I read an editorial in the Ball State student-published newspaper this morning. The author of the column basically said that George W. Bush wants to add an amendment to the Constitution that will permanently fix homosexuals as second-class citizens by limiting their rights and freedoms. This, again, is an example of the fact that the world just does not understand. This proposed amendment has absolutely nothing to do with freedoms or rights. It does, however, have everything to do with morality, with right and wrong. Homosexuality is wrong, pure and simple. And it is imperative that an amendment be written and passed because of the liberal courts that are abusing the legal system and violating state laws that ban homosexual marriages.
On a similar note, I just wish people would stand up and pay as much attention to other issues of morality as they have to this one, issues like adultery, gambling, alcohol abuse, pornography, etc. But those things have all become part of the status quo, part of the norm, and I think that, given enough time, homosexual marriage may pass into the realm of the humdrum-everyday occurrences, without an amendment.