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    M/M smitheus

    The issues you now raise are somewhat different from what you had previously stated. But in any event, let me try to put a through-line in here.

    As someone hoping to get to Congress to do some good for our ailing country, I believe that leadership, at this point in time, demands just that - doing some good for the country. I do not like George Bush. But I more dislike the people who are running him. And I am far from naive to believe that eliminating him would result in a turnover of the evil forces lurking behind the halls of power in this nation. My job would be to guide and return this nation to constitutionally responsible governance. I would not shy away from impeachment, but it is a prospect to be reserved as a last choice. When it was apparent that President Nixon was going to be impeached, the Congress sent Senator Barry Goldwater to speak with him. When Nixon understood that the entire Congress was against him, he resigned the next day. The sad fact is that we still have Nixon's legacy, because those people who supported his adventures are still with us today, and more so.

    That having been said, the issue you raise by assuming that George Bush would declare himself absolute leader by confronting the US Congress in its demands, raises two very different questions.

    The simple question would be that the Democratic Congress, and that is the assumption we are working on here, will be ineffective, and that the Conservative Republicans, who are already un-enamored of Mr. Bush, would stand in the sidelines and let the country fall into a dictatorship. I cannot read the future, but I would prefer to assume that men like Russ Feingold will finally have support in both chambers and that a Democratic led Congress will have strength.

    The second question is one of a Constitutional crisis. The picture you are painting is one in which the President of the United States calls out the Army to arrest the Congress. That is about the only way a takeover would happen if there is a strong Congress of Democrats and Conservative Republicans.

    If the Congress is adamant in their pursuits but thwarted by the President, at that point - I assume that impeachment would be on everybody's mind.

    But that having been said, how would impeachment be any more realizable than a strong Congress unable to block the President using their other inherent powers?

    There is a time and place for everything.  One must remain focused on the goal and not the distractions created by one’s opponents. I fear no fight, but understanding the cost of battle would prefer other solutions.

    If you find this pandering to weakness, I cannot do much more to clarify my position, nor bring you around to a less hostile point of view.

    I love this country very much and as a Congressman would rather spend my energies on curing its ills than creating new wounds demanding of time and energy.

    Respectfully,

    Joel

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