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The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism Audible – Unabridged

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By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on September 10, 2007
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When you take forever to read a book just over two hundred pages, you know you are reading a great book. When you take the time to highlight endless paragraphs and read them over and over again just to savor them, you know you are reading a profound book. It is not fiction; it is reality, and it is the story of impeachment from its creation in English law through its application under the Constitution of the United States. That is "The Genius of Impeachment," and that is the genius of this book.

A confirmed liberal who writes for the "The Nation," author, John Nichols takes the gloves off with liberals and conservatives alike castigating Nancy Pelosi who declared that impeachment of George Bush was "off the table." He accuses Ms. Pelosi of misusing impeachment as a political strategy rather than constitutional check, as did the republicans who used it to get Bill Clinton in a way they couldn't get him at the ballot box. He is angry with republicans for attempting to impeach Bill Clinton for the wrong reasons!

He challenges the perception that amongst politicians and some Americans that impeachment is the "third rail" of American politics citing example after example of republicans who supported impeachment against Richard Nixon being returned to political office while those who stood by him were defeated. He shows that even though Americans may be apathetic at the ballot box, their civic participation increases exponentially during serious discussions of impeachment.
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This is not just about impeaching Bush. This book outlines the history of impeachment from England though modern US. Discusses why our founding fathers gave us the power to prevent abuse of power. The founding fathers understood the need to maintain a balance of power which our Congress has failed to do over time (both Democrats and Republicans) and we now have a President that behaves like a king and locks up people, tortures and generaly disregards the law of the land when it gets in his way.
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Informative and reasonably balanced discussion of impeachment that combines an historical review of impeachment in the American and British contexts with coverage of the movement to impeach G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney. While the author is upfront about advocating for immediate impeachment proceedings against Bush and other members of his administration, the author repeatedly stresses that the point of his argument (and the purpose of his book) is to restore impeachment to its proper status as a legitimate constitutional tool for placing checks on the executive branch of government. A good deal of effort is made to present a balanced view: "Old Right" Republicans are lauded as often (or more often, actually) than any liberal Democrats, and while the Bill Clinton impeachment is presented as having been largely motivated by all the wrong partisan reasons (thus explaining its failure), Nichols does point out that legitimate, non-partisan reasons for impeaching Clinton could have been found. In short, a fairly good introduction to the constitutional concept of impeachment and its uses throughout history, including some of the causes for current congressional leaders' apparent aversion to initiating impeachment proceedings. The two-page forward by Gore Vidal is remarkable for its concise power.
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This is the best treatment of impeachment for the ordinary reader. Nichols places the case for impeaching Pres. George W. Bush in historical context, showing that impeachment is the political tool intended by the framers of the Constitution to reign in an out-of-control executive. Furthermore, Nichols shows by historical example that impeachment is effective even if it ultimately fails to remove an intended target from office. This is "must reading" for all citizens who are unhappy with Pres. Bush's mishandling of foreign affairs and his flouting of the laws that he swore to uphold.
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For a book that explains the constitutions reasons why both Bush and Clinton should have been impeached on...this is amazing. The people and congress need to realize that the call for impeachment is in every party's benefit! Do the Republicans want Hillary Clinton to become president with all the new powers Bush has given the president? Nooo he wouldn't! And even as a democrat I don't want ANY president to have this much power!!! Impeachment is for us to keep tyrants in check... or just people who have abused their powers. The founders made sure we could take care of ourselves through history. No pay back...just protecting our country. It is MORE patriotic to support impeachment than it is NOT to! Read your constitution, bill of rights, and declaration of independence again. It is QUITE clear this kind of thinking is what the founders wanted! And you can't call the founding fathers unpatriotic. Though I have a feeling SOMEONE in this administration would find a way!
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