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Impeachment: "Be prepared" is good advice for the Bush White House
Enter Stage Right ^ | June 23, 2003 | Paul M. Wayrich

Posted on 06/28/2003 6:42:00 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln

Impeachment: "Be prepared" is good advice for the Bush White House

By Paul M. Weyrich
web posted June 23, 2003

The late John Connally, former Governor of Texas, and Secretary of the Treasury in the Nixon Administration, told me a story back in 1975 when I was a guest at his ranch. The governor had been indicted and, although later vindicated, he was fixated on the question of who was responsible for his indictment.

He related to me an episode that he was convinced lay at the heart of his indictment. He said that one day he had been asked to testify before a House Committee. He was confused about the location. He opened a door and there off in a corner was then- Defense Secretary Mel Laird and with him was Father Robert Drinan, the extreme leftist Congressman and a half-dozen other leftists. Since he had not been seen, he thought he'd listen to what Laird was discussing with those left-wingers. Connally found to his utter shock and amazement, Laird was discussing the impeachment of President Nixon. This was early on, when Drinan and the other leftists had just introduced impeachment articles in the House. Most everyone thought this was a frivolous joke on Drinan's part. Supposedly impeachment had no chance.

Anyway, to hear Connally tell it, Laird suddenly looked up and saw Connally there. The governor said Laird was obviously embarrassed and Connally excused himself, saying he was in the wrong place. He didn't give it much thought at the time, he told me, although the sight of Laird together with those left-wingers really troubled him. Then, when the governor was indicted, he began to think of who would want him out of the way and he recalled the meeting. The governor went to his grave convinced that fellow cabinet Secretary Mel Laird was responsible for his indictment so he would not be credible if he fingered Laird as being in on a plot to get President Nixon.

Now I have known Mel Laird for many years and while I am no fan of his, I find the notion that he would be plotting against President Nixon a bit hard to believe. But I mention the story for this reason.

When Father Drinan said that Nixon should be impeached, the president was at the height of his popularity. Drinan was regarded even by most of his Democratic colleagues as a far-out crazy. Drinan was not taken seriously.

Well, there is a little weasel tripping around now, insisting that there might well be grounds to impeach President George W. Bush. I have heard three different interviews with him on the subject. He sounds plausible. His name is John Dean. He once was White House counsel under President Nixon. He blew the whistle on Nixon and for weeks was a matinee idol when Senator Sam Ervin's hearings into Watergate were televised.

Perhaps Dean misses fame and thinks he can be a star once more. Who knows? Right now, only the fringes in the media and politics are taking him seriously. But if I were the administration, I would take him seriously. I would listen to every argument he is making and I would be prepared to counter it. I am assuming, of course, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney didn't attempt to alter the data produced by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and other agencies in regard to Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. I still believe they may be found or at least we may learn how they were disposed of. I can also believe that the CIA and even the DIA gave Bush very bad information. It was Bush's father, when he was president, who told me, based on CIA information, that if Gorbachev was deposed, then a Stalin-like figure would take his place. I told President Bush that the CIA could not have been further from the truth. Which of us was correct?

So it is entirely possible those agencies were dead wrong. What I find impossible to believe is that the current President Bush and the Vice President told these agencies the conclusions they wanted when they knew that these conclusions were far removed from the truth.

To believe that is to believe that our President and Vice President have absolutely no integrity. Whatever you think of their politics, I believe President Bush and Vice President Cheney are both men of character who would not take our country to war based on false information they helped to manufacture.

Obviously, if they did engage in such illegal practices they would be impeached. There is no way that will happen. But even if Dean is way out in orbit, he should not be allowed to plant doubts in the minds our citizens. The administration should put the truth out there. Otherwise you never know how a far-out plot by someone who is not taken seriously will turn into something red-hot and blown way out of proportion by the media. Lord knows enough people hate George Bush in this town that they will take any scrap of "evidence" they can find and will turn it into a dozen articles of impeachment.

I know the White House has competent counsel. But they have been busy trying to get good federal judges confirmed and many other matters. If you see them, urge them to add this to their "to do" list. We wouldn't want them to find themselves unprepared in the unlikely event the left is able to make something out of nothing.

Paul M. Weyrich is Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation (www.FreeCongress.org)

Enter Stage Right -- http://www.enterstageright.com


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; censureandmoveon; impeachment; witchhunt; wmd
Probability - low. Spooky - yes. Only because the ba$tard$ on the left don't care about our country.
1 posted on 06/28/2003 6:42:01 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: Lando Lincoln
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/934367/posts
2 posted on 06/28/2003 6:46:01 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Paul Weyrich is just another outsider Republican who misses the spotlight. The truth IS out there. Weyrich suggesting that there is still some hidden truth to tell is irresponsible, and shows a desperate need for attention.
3 posted on 06/28/2003 6:47:03 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog
The problem is that liberals keep planting this seed in the form of "if the President lied". Fox news channel's Alan Colmes made a some similar reference on his show earlier this week. Unfortunately, some people will begin to believe something they hear repeated over and over. This is what the liberals are trying to do. They are very devious i.e. filibusters of judicial nominees, the New Jersey Senate race...Toricelli was losing so he's replaced. Now, there's talk of Grey Davis resigning if the recall looks like it will be successful. I do pray that the President and his trustworthy aides are prepared for anything the Dims may bring on but it's us, the American people, that MUST be proactive and let the Dims know, often, that we support our Pres and his positions.
4 posted on 06/28/2003 7:00:01 PM PDT by 4integrity (AJ)
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To: Pukin Dog
I agree - and you're right - the truth is out there, all Paul had to do was look. Several dems have been involved in trying to impeach Bush over the war.

However ... when it was exposed, they slithered back under their rocks.
5 posted on 06/28/2003 7:03:36 PM PDT by The Final Harvest ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Ouch - I swear......I searched for that article perfectly and impeccably. What's a faithful and diligent FReeper to do???
6 posted on 06/28/2003 7:06:02 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (God Bless the arsenal of liberty.)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Laugh it off. I am not the posting police. I just thought you would want to read the previous posts on the thread.
7 posted on 06/28/2003 7:08:18 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: CyberAnt
There are large groups of Republicans who were prominent when the Democrats were running everything, who feel slighted by Bush for ignoring them now that he is in power. Weyrich is just one of many. Bill Kristol, Jack Kemp and others who never beat the Dems at anything, will apparently say whatever will get them some attention.

I have learned to watch how Bush ignores these clowns the same way he does the Democrats and comes out smelling like a rose every time.

8 posted on 06/28/2003 7:11:39 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog
You are so right - and Bush ignores them because they are not "loyal". At least not to the extent Bush requires (whether that's good or bad - I'm not arguing the issue). Bush has his measuring stick for people - loyalty.

It's obvious why Bill Kristol is out in the cold - he supported McCain. I don't know what the deal is with Jack Kemp, or Paul Weyrich - but they tend to be wishy washy - which Bush is not.

Bush is never against people who disagree with him - I think he relates public disagreement with him as a loyalty issue - but if you keep it private, he considers your opinion valuable.
9 posted on 06/28/2003 7:46:24 PM PDT by The Final Harvest ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Who to trust on the war? Compare the 50 or so CENTCOM Coalition humanitarian and security logs from May alone w/ the mainstream press's war coverage (DNC pre-scripted PR).
 
Can you impeach an entire party leadership?  I do believe a case for treason could be made:

10 posted on 06/28/2003 7:46:25 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl (There has been a lot of action lately-a lot of it INSTIGATED by Coalition forces.-Gen Myers, Jun 24)
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To: CyberAnt
Kristol is an undisciplined loose cannon. Kemp as a politician, makes a great football player. He is an idiot. Weyrich believes his own press. None of them inspire confidence because their first words are for the media and intended for maximum attention to THEM.

The Bush White House is the most disciplined ever, and it drives the Media nuts because they get no attributable leaks. Every quote comes without a name, making it suspect at best.
11 posted on 06/28/2003 7:54:06 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Lando Lincoln
"We wouldn't want them to find themselves unprepared in the unlikely event the left is able to make something out of nothing."

Seems like Paul is "making something out of nothing".
12 posted on 06/28/2003 8:16:33 PM PDT by TheDon ( It is as difficult to provoke the United States as it is to survive its eventual and tardy response)
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To: Lando Lincoln
John Dean is a little weasel, and the G-Man (Liddy) has proven such in courts. There are so many unanswered questions about his role in Watergate that I wonder why he's raising his head again.
13 posted on 06/28/2003 9:59:32 PM PDT by Indrid Cold
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To: Indrid Cold
Dean might relive his greatest moment by locking himself in a room and crying.
14 posted on 06/29/2003 9:30:32 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Lando Lincoln
bump a lie repeated often enough becomes believed...
15 posted on 06/29/2003 9:33:39 AM PDT by Bill Davis FR
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