Friday, June 03, 2005

Conservative Spin on Kerry Statement

We know that many modern conservatives no longer support the Constitution in backing the principles the country was founded on such as individual liberty, separation of powers, an independent judiciary, and separation of church and state. We also learned during the Clinton years that they have a strange sense of what constitutes an impeachable offense, such as a private consensual sexual relationship. What is a surprise is to learn is that the conservatives apparently don't even recall the Constitutionally mandated procedure for impeachment.

The Conservative Voice has twisted one of Kerry's statements reported yesterday, claiming that "Kerry advised that he will begin the presentation of his case for President Bush’s impeachment to Congress, on Monday."

Actually Kerry said nothing of impeachment when he said, "When I go back on Monday, I am going to raise the issue," when speaking of the Downing Street Memos. A basic understanding of the Constitution, not to mention a respect for honest journalism, should make the author realize the absurdity of this false statement. Impeachment must begin in the House of Representatives, and therefore Senator Kerry would not be involved in a move towards impeachment. However, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it would be reasonable for Kerry to investigate such evidence that President Bush lied to Congress, as well as the American people, while preparing to go to war against Iraq based upon distorting intelligence reports.

Such misquotations of John Kerry are not unusual from the right. Afterall, this was the main means by which the Republicans attacked Kerry throughout the 2004 Presidential campaign. This again raises the question of why, if they apparently have so many areas of disagreement with John Kerry, they don't have the honesty--or guts--to attack him based upon things he actually said.

2 Comments:

Blogger Losing Cool said...

They did take his comments beyond what he actually said but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are incorrect.

For me, the Downing Street Memo, the revelation that the bush administration allowed at least seven supertankers (supposedly filled with oil and heaven knows what else) to leave Iraq unchecked in the three weeks before the war, last week's London Sunday Times' story about the US and UK using the no-fly zone to begin the air war in Iraq a month before the IWR from Congress and a whole lot more about the bush march to war are enough evidence for me to believe that the US Congress needs to get more involved in the matter. If Kerry and/or a few other Senators can bring much needed attention to the matter.... all the better for those 100 or so Congressmen and women who are considering Impeachment.

I, for one, will be writing both my Senators, Kerry and Kennedy, and ask them to do exactly what was reported, speak out about the need for Impeachment proceedings in the House. My Congressman, Frank, has already signed onto Rep. Conyer's efforts and I believe will join Conyers should he and/or the other 100 Congressmen and women decide to go forward with Impeachment.

12:54 PM  
Blogger IFK Editor said...

I was always dubious of the impeach Bush talk as something that could never really be prosecuted with hard evidence, but the Downing street memo clearly opens that up for review.

I hope Kerry and other senators push for an investigation.

Will the media take an active roll is another key questions?

With Clinton's transgression and eventual impeachment the press fell all over themselves to get the scoop, however now it seems they're all gun shy after the Dan Rather memogate and the Newsweek report.

2:57 PM  

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