An Impeached President as First Man?

Impeachment according to the legal dictionary is the process that is used to charge, try, and remove public officials for misconduct while in office.[1] What is surprising is that only 4 presidents have been impeached since 1841. These were Andrew Johnson, John Tyler, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton.[2] Even though all of these men were impeached, none were forced from the office. This alone is a contradiction of the legal term. With the 2016 election Hillary Clinton stands a good chance of becoming the democratic nominee. This raises the question as to whether or not her husband should be allowed to be first man.

Why would it matter?

Bad Policies could be made

Bluntly, policies are easily made between the sheets. And while there is the process which must be gone through, we know that executive orders and certain policies can be made without legislation. It is very likely that some of Bill Clinton’s unfinished agenda will trickle into the Hillary administration. As Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of Justice, we should not give the benefit of the doubt that he will have learned from his ways. Additionally, when you combine the legal issues (either pending or resolved) in which Hillary Clinton has been involved with to her husband’s proven lies and deceit, and this country may have some very hazy days ahead.

Our Reputation could go even further down the drain

America has become a laughing stock of the global community.[3] We are hated by those which are not laughing and not seen as being a serious country with a serious structure anymore. If we put an impeached man as the first man back in the White House we are doing little more than stating that he has had his “time-out” and that it is ok for him to come back and play with the politicians. What message are we trying to send?

Legislation, and the way in we interpret our laws and our government, is already hazy and ridiculed. We are already seen as a great contradiction, according to a report by NBC news.[4] Where some countries such as Berlin think of Freedom and liberty, others think that we are quite fickle in our policies and in our decisiveness. Adding to this already set perception a thought of “they do not even know what presidents are and are not allowed in the White House” (as former presidents are still called Mr. President).

Can we be assured that we will not see more scandal?

Scandals follow politicians and presidents like the plague. Should Hillary Clinton be elected president and Bill Clinton be named the First Man, it is quite predictable that the media will be all over him to find a scandal. Where this may not be a concern to Hillary, the American public should try to keep us from being embarrassed globally. Looking at Bill Clinton’s record we can see that his impeachment was justified and that letting him back into the White House in any way is just foolish. His scandals have included:[5]

  • Whitewater
  • Cattle Futuresgate
  • Travelgate
  • Gennifer Flowersgate
  • Filegate
  • Vince Fostergate
  • Whitewater Billing Recordsgate
  • Paula Jonesgate
  • Federal Building Campaign Phone Callsgate
  • Lincoln Bedroomgate
  • Donations from Convicted Drug and Weapons Dealers
  • Buddhist Templegate
  • Lippogate
  • Chinagate
  • The Lewinsky Affair
  • Perjury and Jobs for Lewinsky
  • Willeygate
  • Web Hubbell Prison Phone Call
  • Selling Military Technology to the Chinese
  • Wag the Dog
  • Jaunita Broaddrick
  • Vandalism
  • Looting
  • Controversial pardoning

Of course, these are just the main media scandals that surround the potential to-be First man. I am sure that there are others which would and will come to light should he take his place at Hillary’s side if she is elected. Given the trend that can be seen above I would even venture to say that we would find another Lewinsky situation within the first few months. Granted we may not ever know about the scandals that the first man would be involved in. Hillary Clinton is quite adamant about keeping information from the public and we can only conclude that these scandals would be tucked away until she receives a court order to disclose them.

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