Paul  Weyrich

So now some people in the White House and their allies are accusing conservatives of whining about the ensuing election. They claim some conservatives with no following are saying that voters will stay home and that this is just a ploy accusing the Administration of not doing enough for them. I have bad news for those persons in the White House and their operatives. There are voters who tell me they will not vote. (They are not so advising me because they believe the Administration has not done enough for me. I have not asked the Administration for anything.) These voters tell me they are upset, there is too little difference between the political parties, and they are angry about immigration, spending and the War in Iraq.

Sean Hannity is absolutely correct when he says that the election will not be over until the ballots are counted and it is up to us to assure that people vote. This election will be about turnout. If we want to punish ourselves we will stay home. I agree that Republicans largely have wasted the 109th Congress. I wish they had accomplished much more. Is that failing a reason to elect people who believe the exact opposite of what we do?

Here are two matters for consideration. If Democrats win, the incoming Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers (D-MI), has said he wants to impeach both President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney. I have my differences with President Bush but do we really want our President dragged through an impeachment process in front of the world when we have a worldwide enemy, Islamofascists, whose devotion is to death? Will the impeachment of our President help us defeat this deadly enemy?

I realize that Republicans impeached President William J. Clinton. He was only the second President to be impeached. There are those Democrats who are still angry about that action. But Clinton was impeached for perjury. Bush and Cheney would be impeached for "lying us into war." I disagreed with the Iraq conflict. But to suggest that the President and Vice President deliberately lied to get us there is over the top. I believe our President meant well and I surely do not want to see him tried.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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