Vietnam War Expansion was Nixon’s Impeachable Offense

August 6, 2014 – August 8th will mark10501156413_20367f2efd_z the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. At that particular time I was in a long shot, failed race for Congress. I received no calls for my opinion.
Not knowing fully all of the details of the charges against Nixon, I was not enthralled with the movement to impeach him. I thought more interest should have been shown on the miserable economy that followed Nixon’s ending the gold standard along with imposing wage and price controls by merely issuing an executive order. The effort to impeach or force resignation, for me, was just about politics.
Nixon had been elected in 1968 to end the Vietnam War, which he did not. Instead, he illegally and secretly expanded the war into Laos and Cambodia. During the Nixon presidency, U.S. military personnel killed were over 30,000-twice the number killed under Johnson. All without a declaration of war. That, to me, was an impeachable offense.
Since that time, all of our presidents have been involved in many unconstitutional activities. The one impeachment that occurred was not related to an abuse of power. Today, the imperial presidency is more out of control than ever. The Republican House is suing the current president for excessive use of the executive orders. And when impeachment is mentioned, it generates laughter and ridicule.
The truth is, lawsuits and threats of impeachment will not do much to solve our problems. And Congress offers little assurance that integrity will return to our government. That will only come when the people demand and deserve it.