The first letter
Dear Mr. Beckham:
Thank you for sharing your views regarding the impeachment of the President and Vice President. I appreciate hearing from you.
Like many Americans, I am disappointed with the direction that the Bush Administration has taken our country. The Administration has repeatedly misled Congress and the American public on issues critical to the safety and prosperity of our nation, such as using false intelligence to lead us into war in Iraq. At the same time, Congress over the last 6 years has failed to uphold its Constitutional duty to provide proper oversight of the Executive Branch.
Yes, this administration has made some serious mistakes and has lost credibility with the American people, but impeachment should be used in only the rarest of cases. Only twice in the history of our nation has Congress carried out impeachment proceedings in attempts to move a President from office, and in both cases the President was acquitted. This country was founded on the principle that the democratic process is the best means of choosing leadership - and that is done through the American people and their right to vote. American voters recently expressed their desire for a change in leadership by voting a Democratic majority into Congress. We now have much important work that must be done for America and impeachment proceedings would consume most of the time, resources, and energy of Congress with little likelihood of success.
As your Senator, I will continue to work with my colleagues to provide stronger oversight of this Administration. Since the 110th Congress began in January under Democratic leadership, already dozens of oversight hearings have been held on everything from the war in Iraq to the botched Federal response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress continues its important oversight role. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.
Senator Claire McCaskill
Pretty stock dialog, but not too bad. I'll admit I hadn't thought about the resources that would be tied up by impeaching. Of course, I do remember Clinton's process, and it sure didn't seem like he got much of anything done during that time, but that's OK with me. Doing nothing is better than being detrimental (once again, just a pragmatic reason.... if the Constitution calls for impeachment... that should be the end of the discussion).