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Arguing that regular elections are an insufficient democratic guardian against corrupt officeholders, Nichols, a writer for the liberal journal the Nation, exhorts his readers to support an impeachment of President George Bush. The impediment, as Nichols assesses current affairs, is not doubt that Bush (and British Prime Minister Tony Blair) by invading Iraq deserves this constitutional ejection from office but the wariness of politicians on the Left to consider the procedure. Nichols rejects the view that impeachment is unrealistic in the course of surveying the history of the impeachment power, citing cases from England, commentaries about the U.S. Constitution, and the impeachment proceedings against Nixon. As if to deflect a charge of partisanship, Nichols extols Republicans who demanded Truman's impeachment, as well as Nixon's. And to mobilize the anti-Bush grassroots, Nichols lauds impeachment activists in Vermont and Wisconsin. Substantively slight on constitutional analysis of the war power, this work relies on its power-to-the-people persona for its appeal, which may extend past the moment should Democratic victory in the November elections augment the author's advocacy. Gilbert Taylor
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John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent and an editor at the Capital Times. He is the author of The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney and Jews for Buchanan. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.
John Nichols is an angry man. This punchy polemic packs in a great deal of arguments in favour of restoring the principle of impeachment to, what he believes, is its paramount... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sirin
The wisdom of the Constitution for our time. Justice is the foundation of society. When justice fails so goes the empire. Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by Jordy
Little stuff first: typos bother me. Make 'em a lot myself, but there's no excuse in a book w/ multiple editors. To wit:
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This is a great book for obtaining information on impeachment and what our founding fathers meant when they clearly wrote in provisions for it. Read morePublished on September 14, 2007 by E. Coronella
Such a educational and entertaining read! This book really gave my a clue about what the founding fathers were trying to do when they created this American experiment. Read morePublished on May 11, 2007 by Leah A. Ditullio
A great read! One of the best books on impeachment I have ever read. If you are disheartened and disillusioned with the way this country is going, it is a MUST READ! Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by Wakawaka34
Yet another sad display of current liberals trying to regain power at the highest level. I guess paybacks are a b***h for Republicans who opened up the can of "impeachment" worms... Read morePublished on April 2, 2007 by Timothy Woodall