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Migeru:
If what Bush has done is not impeachable, what will be in the future?

Just wait and see what the lunatic right tries to slap on Obama.

ARGeezer:

I can see a certain wisdom in declining to start a tradition of prosecuting ex-presidents.

The only thing which is protected by avoiding impeachment is America's self-serving view of itself as a meritocratic democracy. If a president is prosecuted and jailed, that mythology is torn to ribbons.

It would be traumatic in the short-term, but maturing and healthy in the longer term. The core US mythology seems to be that if you game the system with enough cunning, the law won't apply to you and you can retire rich.

A jail term would snap many people out of that fantasy, with a priceless 'Oh, shit...' moment.

It would be like the death of JFK in reverse - instead of proving that the system can be gamed, it would reinforce the fact that yes, the rules really do apply to you too.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 02:06:20 PM EST
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