America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, April 6, 2017

Impeachment is not a subject to be taken lightly. It has raised its ugly head twice in my lifetime, once against Richard Nixon and once against Bill Clinton.

In the case of Nixon, the Watergate burglary and the subsequent attempt to cover up his involvement, very likely including perjury, (we can’t presume that without a trial,) caused him to lose the confidence of both political parties. The relentless beating from the press and his political enemies rendered him dysfunctional, and ultimately, the impending specter of impeachment caused Nixon to resign the presidency. In the wake of the tragedy of Viet Nam, we were fortunate to have a man of Gerald Ford’s stature and calm demeanor take up the reins of government.

In Clinton’s case the crime that led to impeachment was far less serious – a sexual indiscretion with a young woman of legal age compounded by…

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