(I usually don’t like to re-post someone’s work, but Mr. Wolfson’s post on Impeachment of May 25th is required reading as far as I’m concerned. I also encourage everyone to download the AM 620 KPOJ podcast here or at Itunes. Parts of the program are regional matters of the Northwest, but it also touches on national issues and progressive issues. It’s free and it’s great.)
You won’t hear this in the corporate media, but the grassroots push to IMPEACH George Bush and Dick Cheney is growing.
Eighty cities or towns have passed impeachment resolutions, most recently, Detroit.
Impeachment has been introduced into 10 state legislatures. The Vermont Senate passed its resolution.
The national Green Party backs impeachment.
Fourteen state Democratic parties are on record for impeachment: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
California’s declaration is typical, and accuses Bush and Cheney of:
1) Using false information to justify the invasion of Iraq
2) Authorizing the torture of prisoners of war
3) Authorizing wiretaps on U.S. citizens without obtaining a warrant
4) Disclosing the name of an undercover CIA operative
5) Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus by ordering the indefinite detention of so-called enemy combatants
6) Using signing statements to ignore or circumvent more than 750 congressional statutes
For the record, Bush has violated these laws:
Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805, the FISA law regulating wiretaps
Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the Federal Torture Act
Title 18 United States Code, Section 371, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Congress about Iraq
He has also violated:
The UN Charter and Nuremberg Charter by invading Iraq
The Geneva Convention by torturing prisoners and holding them without counsel
What kind of democracy are we – and what face do we show to
the world – if we allow a lawbreaker of this magnitude to sit in
the Oval Office?
“What kind of a democracy are we–” if we are too scared of terrorists or of political backlash to use constitutional tools to remove, or attempt to remove, suspected criminals from High Office? We cannot afford to be afraid. The stakes all too high. the United States of America will be even more damaged by letting Bush and Cheney serve their full terms. 600 more days of a criminal regime in the White House is unacceptable.
Strong action is required on the past of our elected leaders in Congress. I was dumbfounded when newly-elected Speaker of the House Nanci Pelosi (D-Ca) declared soon after the Democratic Majority Congress took office in January 2007 that Impeachment of the President was “off the table.” Concurrent with this statement Articles of Impeachment information disappeared from Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) Congressional website. This is the same John Conyers that stated at an Peace/Anti-War March in Washington D.C. on January 27, 2007 that “he (President Bush) can’t fire us–but we can fire him.”
Here is another voice from that same March who dramatically but effectively laid out the case for impeachment, actor and activist Tim Robbins:
“Let’s get him out of office before he starts ruling from a bunker. Let’s get him out of office before the only one on his side is his dog Barney. Nixon, Richard Nixon, talked to the walls. Bush is talking to God. But it’s not a god I recognize. This god seems to be giving George a pass on some of his major commandments. This god seems to be OK with lying or bearing witness, as he puts it, against the US Congress, against the United States people, against the world, bearing false witness on weapons of mass destruction, bearing false witness on nuclear capability, bearing false witness on the imminent threat of Saddam, bearing false witness on the links between al-Qaeda and Iraq.
This god seems to be giving George a pass on stealing, stealing the resources of the Iraqi people, on squandering the hard-earned tax dollars of United States citizens for an unnecessary war! Money that could be used to intelligently fight against terrorism is squandered in a way and in a war that creates more terrorists. Money that could be helping the elderly, the poor, the infirm here at home is instead lining the pockets of war profiteers from Halliburton and private mercenary militias like Blackwater. But George’s god says, “That’s cool, George.” His god tells him to honor his father and mother, but when his father tells him not to occupy Iraq, George’s god counsels him to ignore his father.
My hopes for justice were reignited when I first heard of Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s plan to introduce articles of impeachment against VP Cheney, followed closely by the impeachment of President Bush. Rep. Kucinich’s evidence for impeachment is available on his Congressional website here.
From Wikipedia, regarding impeachment:
“The impeachment procedure is in two steps. The House of Representatives must first pass ‘articles of impeachment’ by a simple majority. (All fifty state legislatures as well as the District of Columbia city council may also pass articles of impeachment against their own executives.) The articles of impeachment constitute the formal allegations. Upon their passage, the defendant has been ‘impeached.’ “
Repeat after me, Democratic House: “a simple majority.” A SIMPLE MAJORITY of Reps is all that’s needed to pass articles of impeachment against Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney. Democrats hold a majority in the House. Bush’s approval rating is 25-32% and falling, and Cheney’s is around 8%. Politically, its a no-brainer. History shows us that Democrats made gains in the House and Senate following the Watergate scandal that let to a House Committee RECOMMENDING impeachment (President Nixon resigned before the impeachment process began in the full House). Pass articles of impeachment. IMPEACH the VP and President. Let the Senate try the criminals. Its extremely doubtful a supermajority of Senators will convict, but who cares. The scandal of an impeachment should be enough to force Cheney and Bush to resign in shame. After their resignations or convictions a much needed “national healing” can begin–and the new Commander and Chief can begin fixing–or attempt to fix–all of Bush’s blunders.
What are we waiting for? Pester your elected Representitives to support Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment of VP Cheney–or a plan of their own. The time to act is now.