Saturday, July 15, 2006

Well, Well: Someone Is Paying Attention...

...unfortunately it's not the US press or Congress.

The polls show that the Emperor continues to be disfavored by at least 60% of the population of this country. Most believe he lied us into a disasterous and illegal war. Most believe that he has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution with his unlawful warrantless phone tapping and data gathering. Yet he continues in office. Congressional Democrats, who now appear capable of taking over Congress if they don't deliberately go out and lose the November elections, however, get tongue-tied when the issue of impeachment comes up.

Not everyone is so reticent, however. Unfortunately, we only get to hear about it in the foreign press. From London's The Economist:

AS THE mid-term elections creep nearer, few congressmen want to talk about impeaching George Bush. But a growing number of cities and citizens' groups are demanding it. Several reliably pinko city councils across the country, including Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Marlboro, Vermont, and San Francisco have passed resolutions urging impeachment, and state legislatures in Vermont, California and Illinois have resolutions pending. On November 7th the “People's Republic” of Berkeley, California—71,000 voters, roughly 5% of whom are registered Republicans—will decide by ballot whether they want the president out, and presumably say yes.

Berkeley's move has caused much ridicule on conservative TV channels, yet a grassroots movement of sorts is developing. Last year the Centre for Constitutional Rights laid out its legal case against the president: spying on American citizens, lying to them about the Iraq war, seizing undue executive power and sending people to be tortured overseas. Now the centre and a dozen other organisations have teamed up for a “National Teach-In”, starting on July 19th. Meetings will feature a short film called “How to Impeach a President”.

A few Democrats in Congress are talking of censure and investigations, and popular momentum, if it gets going, could make them bolder. Moreover, state resolutions may have bite. The House Rules and Manual states that one method of setting an impeachment in motion is by charges “transmitted from the legislature of a state or territory”.
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I am embarrassed to admit that I did not know that impeachment could be set in motion by a resolution "transmitted from the legislature of a state." I guess that rule is one of those secrets Congress Critters like to keep to themselves. It's a handy thing to know right now.

Maybe if we started pushing the issue in some of the safely blue states like California, we could actually force Congress to do something.

Time for some patriots to start hitting the bricks.


Blogger phinky said...

And hopefully, the evidence will come from the Wilson's lawsuit against the evil trio.

10:12 AM  
Blogger phinky said...

We'd have to impeach both Bush and Cheney. Hopefully, the dems will control the House by then.

10:13 AM  
Blogger cabearie said...


I don't know whether the Plame-Wilson lawsuit will be helpful or not, but I think we have enough hard information on Iraq alone to nail both Bush and Cheney.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Kagro X said...

California is one of the three states with an impeachment resolution already pending.

It's AJR 39, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Koretz.

The "reliably blue" Assembly Speaker, Fabian Nunez, has thus far refused to move the bill.

As a Californian (and I do not have that pleasure) would you care to sign a petition to see if he might be moved to change his mind?

Impeachment is and ought to be popular in California. Senator and State Democratic Chairman Art Torres instructed that the California State Democratic Convention consider a resolution calling for impeachment, and it was passed unanimously.

Nunez puts himself at odds with the Party's resolution with his foot-dragging.

5:37 PM  
Blogger cabearie said...

Thanks for the tip and the link, kagro x!

6:34 PM  

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