Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stan Goff
The disposable oath

Posted June 11, 2008 | 06:55 AM (EST)

When I joined the army and when I reenlisted five times, I did something that every member of Congress does. I took an oath to defend the Constitution as the core commitment of my service. Then the army sent me to eight different conflict areas to attack, or assist others in attacking, people who were not even remotely the enemies of the Constitution. Oddly enough, that oath said I was obliged to "defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

I'm retired now; and since I got out of the army I've had more opportunities to oppose the domestic enemies of the Constitution, because they are mostly those who were or worked for my former Commanders-in-Chief. I was employed by scofflaws from Nixon through Clinton (Clinton violated the UN Charter when he bombed Yugoslavia... the US is a signatory, therefore the Charter has the force of the Constitution).

Yesterday, Congressmember Dennis Kucinich fulfilled his duty according to that oath by listing articles of impeachment before the House of Representatives that detailed the serial and blatant Constitutional violations by our current President. Kucinich made a prima facie case, but that's not news to anyone with an attention span greater than a goldfish.

What's news is that Congress is obliged by their primary duty -- to which they took a solemn oath before God -- to defend the Constitution; and that means voting to impeach anyone who has blatantly undermined it at every turn. The reason only a handful of Democrats will do so is that the Democratic Party leadership -- which has enabled the Bush administration at every turn by refusing to take action or even investigate most of these crimes and misdemeanors -- is more interested in winning elections than they are doing their sworn duty.

Today, Congress will refuse to even hear these articles of impeachment...[Open in new window]


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