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Demonstrators don’t get it | Letter to the Editor

To the men manning a vulgar “Impeach Obama” stand in front of our post office on Friday, May 10: Besides the fact that you are abusing your First Amendment rights by your defamatory portrayal of the president of the United States as Hitler, it is obvious that you have no knowledge of the process of impeachment.

You apparently believe that if, in your opinion, an elected official isn’t doing a “good job,” it is your right to start impeachment proceeding and remove him from office. If this were the case, very few presidents would ever complete their terms. In actuality, only the House Judiciary Committee can decide whether or not to proceed with an impeachment, and only if that person is suspected of having committed a crime. Furthermore, impeachment is merely an indictment, not a conviction. Below is your first lesson regarding impeachment:

“Only four times in our history has Congress held serious discussions of impeachment:

Andrew Johnson was actually impeached when Congress became unhappy with the way he was dealing with some post-Civil War matters. Johnson was acquitted in the Senate by one vote and remained in office.

Congress introduced a resolution to impeach John Tyler over state’s rights issues, but the resolution failed.

Congress was debating his impeachment over the Watergate break-in when President Richard Nixon resigned.

William J. Clinton was impeached by the House on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in relationship to his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was eventually acquitted by the Senate.” (usgovinfo.about.com/od/thepresidentandcabinet/a/impeachment.htm)

Maybe next time I’ll give you a lesson in Social Security, but in the meantime, even if Social Security survives that long, you two will probably not earn enough in your lifetime to be eligible if you continue to waste your time standing on street corners expounding on nothing.

— Laura Cottrell

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