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Dr. Paul, regarding impeachment---

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet, but there has been much talk among meetup groups about Dr. Paul's recent vote, and some members were very upset---

but please, let the good Doc explain his Constitutional position to table HR 799:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise, reluctantly, in favor of the motion to table House Resolution 799, Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors, and in favor of referring that resolution to the House Judiciary Committee for full consideration. I voted to table this resolution not because I do not share the gentleman from Ohio's desire to hold those responsible for the Iraqi debacle accountable; but rather, because I strongly believe that we must follow established protocol in matters of such importance. During my entire time in Congress, I have been outspoken in my opposition to war with Iraq and Iran. I have warned my colleagues and the administration against marching toward war in numerous speeches over the years, and I have voted against every appropriation to continue the war on Iraq.
I have always been strongly in favor of vigorous congressional oversight of the executive branch, and I have lamented our abrogation of these Constitutional obligations in recent times. I do believe, however, that this legislation should proceed through the House of Representatives following regular order, which would require investigation and hearings in the House Judiciary Committee before the resolution proceeds to the floor for a vote. This time-tested manner of moving impeachment legislation may slow the process, but in the long run it preserves liberty by ensuring that the House thoroughly deliberates on such weighty matters. In past impeachments of high officials, including those of Presidents Nixon and Clinton, the legislation had always gone through the proper committee with full investigation and accompanying committee report.
I noted with some dismay that many of my colleagues who have long supported the war changed their vote to oppose tabling the motion for purely political reasons. That move was a disrespectful to the Constitutional function of this body and I could not support such actions with my vote.
I was pleased that the House did vote in favor of sending this legislation to the Judiciary Committee, which essentially directs the committee to examine the issue more closely than it has done to this point."



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Ron Paul says:

"I voted to table this resolution not because I do not share the gentleman from Ohio's desire to hold those responsible for the Iraqi debacle accountable; but rather, because I strongly believe that we must follow established protocol in matters of such importance."

I have noticed, and admired, Ron Paul's conviction about following the Constitution, even on issues that were difficult for him.

Thanks for your post!

Yes, there have been forums on this topic, but this is the voice we really needed to hear.

His words matter---

I remember seeing numerous threads about the impeachment vote, but I don't remember seeing the text of Dr. Paul's reasoning to table.
Like the Iowa debate show-or-no-show debacle, which is still hanging in the air, it seems like that vote and that debate was causing many RP supporters to bicker amongst one another about the campaign and attack one another.

If you haven't already, buy Dr. Paul's book "A Foreign Policy of Freedom" - it is quite excellent and is a great asset to any supporter.

I'm in college and therefore reading many books at once, but I lost sleep over polishing that one off --- must read.



-jared-




When one person can initiate war, by its definition, a republic no longer exists.

- Dr. Ron Paul's message to the U.S. House - 3/09/99 -
- RonPaul2008.com -



-jared-




When one person can initiate war, by its definition, a republic no longer exists.

- Dr. Ron Paul's message to the U.S. House - 3/09/99 -
- RonPaul2008.com -