Clinton Impeachment As the impeachment trial draws to an end there is much controversy about weather or not President Clinton should be impeached. Many say yes and many say no. The President of the United States should be one of the most influential men in our society, considering the fact that he represents this country before the world leaders. Wouldn’t you like to know that your representative was a law abiding citizen of the United States? So if he is a law abiding citizen shouldn’t the President of the United States be held to the same laws and punishment as your average Joe? Or maybe on a stricter basis considering that, again I state, he is this countries representative that negotiates with other world powers. “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” This is the oath that Bill Clinton took before he entered the office of President of the United States.
And yet he perjured himself in a court of law. In Article 2 Section 4 of the Constitution explains a impeachable offense as “..treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Perjury is a felony. So why is it that people feel the president shouldnt be impeached, does he stand higher than the Constitution? That would be my impression if I was a foreigner, that the leader of this country is above than the law. Some people say that perjury is not enough to impeach the president. Yet any normal U.S.
citizen would be sent to jail for a few years for lying in court of law. How is it that a regular citizen would be sent to jail and the president does get “Fired” from the presidency. When he takes the oath to become president does he gain certain rights? I dont think so. Some people also say that the obstruction of justice charge is really”flimsy”. This is true because the only way they could prove this would be to get a testimony from Monica or the others involved. In an article I read Monica said that she loved President Clinton wouldnt anyone in love lie to protect the loved one.
So they wouldnt be able to get a testimony against Clinton from Monica. The other people involved are good friends of the President and I know from experience you lie to protect good friends. In some would take the blame for their friends. So they wouldnt get a good testimony from any of them either. I think that the perjury shouldve been enough to impeach Clinton and send him to jail as a average law abiding citizen of the United States of America.
The president should be held to stricter laws than the average American, because he represents all of the American public in foreign countries. This is why we should have a morally good president so foreign can trust in the word of the U.S. If Bill Clintons wife couldnt trust him to keep smaller marriage vows. Then how can all of the U.S. citizens trust him in the Oath he took when he entered the office or how the foreign dignitaries can trust him in negotiations. We need a good moral person that will keep to big promises.
Clinton broke probably the to biggest vows in his life Wedding vows and the Vow to keep and enforce the Constitution. How can we trust him to keep the smaller promises? President Clinton should have been impeached at least for as much as we the tax payers of America spent on the trial and lawyers. Something shouldve happened instead him getting off pretty easy no punishment at all for breaking the law. From an experience I was supposedly smoking and the cop gave me a ticket and a court appearance there I received a 100 dollar fine…for what? And the President can get off with perjury with no punishment what so ever. This kind of example is what is ,I think, causing the U.S. to do stuff they think is all right because if the President can do it why cant I? Also I think that since the president is such an example he should be held to a tighter more strict set of rules.
I think that is why our forefathers put misdemeanors in Article 2 Section 4 of the Constitution.