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A Nation of Laws, and not of Men (1 Viewer)



The vaild and reliable test of whether or not the American republic is a nation of laws and not of men is applicable to all who enjoy the freedoms accorded by the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. This test says that an individual accused of civil or criminal wrong-doing will be judged only according to the civil and criminal laws which have been duly legislated by the will of a majority of the electorates of the states and of the federal government. Judgment will never be made according to a popular poll of the people who either support or oppose the accused. This would comprise a nation of men. Laws are instruments of justice which are dimetrically opposed to popularity contests. In the case of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney, it would seem that a poll of the electorate has been accepted as the determining factor as to whether the two public servants should, or should not, be impeached. This is not the way it should be.

If John Q. Public, the average lower-middle class citizen, had done the same thing that George W. Bush, according to the Downing Street Memo, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil, and former Counter-terrorism Chief Richard Clark, has been accused of doing in collusion with Tony Blair, Karl Rove, Condi Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld, he would have been immediately arrested, indicted, tried, and convicted of criminal conspiracy to create an unjust and unnecessary war. John Q. Public is invariably judged according to law, but a sitting American President can order the deaths nearly 2,000 American G.I.'s and untold thousands of innocent foreign nationals and be judged according to popularity. This is dreadfully wrong, and to allow a President, the first to be elected in 2001 by the U.S. Supreme Court and re-elected in 2004 by a slim majority of ignorant voters, to commit criminal conspiracy through lying and deceiving the American people and the 108th and 109th Congresses is the height of infamy.

The U.S. House of Representatives is the only legislative body empowered by the U.S. Constitution to indict a sitting President, Vice-President, or other federal officers for high crimes. The U.S. Senate is the only body of lawmakers constitutionally empowered to try and either acquit or convict a sitting President of high crimes. If enough evidence comes before the House to impeach, or investigate, the President and Vice-President, it is not a matter of whether the Republicans outnumber the Democrats in voting to consider the evidence. It is the duty of the entire House of Representatives to seriously consider the evidence. If the evidence shows that there is enough probable cause to believe that the President has lied and deceived the nation, it is the duty of the collective House of Representatives to send an indictment to the Senate that the President should be tried for his probable crimes. It should not be a matter of how popular the President is in Congress in determining whether the President has violated the laws of the land. If it is by shallow popularity and bi-partisan political tomfoolery that a sitting President is allowed to commit crimes and go unpunished, the republic is proven to be a nation of men, and not of laws.