As rumors of impeachment have been on the wires relating to both former Vice President Dick Cheney and George W. Bush and, whereas I listened to Bill O’Reilly on this topic earlier today, let me suggest to my friends on the other side of the aisle to consider two other Democratic U.S. leaders whose actions took place in my lifetime.

I do not recall anyone from our party calling for the impeachment of president Harry S. Truman when he authorized dropping atomic bombs in Japan. Enola Gay dropped “Little Boy” over Hiroshima which was soon followed by our dropping “Fat Man” on the city of Nagasaki. The damage was devastating, but necessary to save American lives. As of 1950 the death and injury count of those two attacks approach 350,000 Japanese. There have been readers of this blog who have debated that act with me on earlier posts.

What about former president FDR who signed (Executive Order #9066) on Feb 19, 1942. This authorized the rounding up of Japanese Americans and their forced relocation to internment camps as stated in the following text:

“On February 19, 1942, soon after the beginning of World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The evacuation order commenced the round-up of 120,000 Americans of Japanese heritage to one of 10 internment camps—officially called “relocation centers”—in California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas.

Why Were the Camps Established?

Roosevelt’s executive order was fueled by anti-Japanese sentiment among farmers who competed against Japanese labor, politicians who sided with anti-Japanese constituencies, and the general public, whose frenzy was heightened by the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor. More than 2/3 of the Japanese who were interned in the spring of 1942 were citizens of the United States.”

Note: During Ronald Reagan’s term in office we signed legislation and issued an apology. In addition to that apology we also provided $1.6 billion in reparations to these victims whose only crime was being of Japanese ancestry.

So, the message to Dennis Kucinich and other head hunters, stop throwing rocks form your glass houses. We are still in a war against terror and there are actions that need to be taken to protect American lives.

While I may have issue with some of the prior administration actions or policies, our congressional leaders have more pressing matters to attend to than devoting time to any impeachment proceedings.

Juice readers, please feel free to weigh in on this topic which simply is not going away.

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