The American Ethical Union meeting in Assembly on April 26, 1974 at Washington, D. C. following the resolution passed by the Board of Directors of the American Ethical Union at their regular meeting of September 29, 1973, a copy of which resolution is stated below,
DOES call upon the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and upon the House of Representatives itself, to proceed forthwith to impeach Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America, in order to assure an orderly and constitutional inquest.
Submitted and Approved by the AEU Public Affairs Committee
RESOLUTION, Sept. 29, 1973
A CALL FOR PRESIDENT'S RESIGNATION OR IMPEACHMENT
The loss of moral leadership in the Presidency is not a situation which any citizen can contemplate with satisfaction, since Americans have always looked to the President of the United States for moral as well as political leadership. This must continue to be so, since political authority in a democracy cannot survive unless it is grounded in a people's confidence in the credibility of their elected leader.
We believe that the relentless flood of disclosures of wrongdoing, corruption, willful violation of constitutional rights, obstruction of justice, and usurpation of power involving police-state techniques and intrigues, which a distinguished United States Senator has aptly described as revealing a Gestapo mentality, have reached and corroded the moral authority of the President himself. Watergate only symbolizes a much wider and deeper corruption and abuse of authority, which, on the basis of his own statements, implicates Mr. Nixon,
In view of the damage already wrought by his administration to the institutions of free government and democratic ethics, the President should resign. The abuses and corruptions of power which have been uncovered cannot be shunted aside without remedial action.
Therefore, we urge that in the light of the national interest, the President resign immediately, but failing that act, Congress should proceed to impeach.
Source: AEU 66th Annual Assembly Memo [job09scan]
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