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But Nixon had been charged with high crimes and misdemeanors in the House.  Then he resigned.  Then Ford was sworn in.  Then he pardoned Nixon--before the '76 election.  I am certainly no expert on US constitutional law, so I can't say what could have been done had he not been pardoned, or even after he had been pardoned.  

I can see a certain wisdom in declining to start a tradition of prosecuting ex-presidents.  But only some of the current partisans have any concern for further debasement of the process.  Others don't seem to care, so long as they advance their agenda--undemocratic as it is. The chief accomplishment of the Clinton impeachment seems to have been to make the whole impeachment process repugnant.  I have little doubt that some who brought that impeachment expected that outcome, along with providing pay-back for Watergate.  They may be evil, but they are not fools.  Think so at your peril.

Until and unless a substantial majority of US citizens come to appreciate that we have essentially eliminated the most potent check on abuses in government and that we essentially have a vastly weakened constitutional process, we are at risk that liberty might not long endure.  I can only pray that we find the will and a way to remedy this before another conscienceless RW administration takes power, and, emboldened by the lack of consequences for Bush, et al, totally eviscerates the constitution in the name of security and seizes permanent power.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 12:02:01 PM EST
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