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On the Fourth, Read the Declaration of Impeachment

By David Swanson

Veterans for Peace has drafted a Declaration of Impeachment using nothing but excerpts from the Declaration of Independence (plus a few words in parentheses). It reads as follows, and should be read at picnics and protests on the Fourth of July:

…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

…all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations…design(s) to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

…The history of the present King (George)…is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny…To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

§ He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

§ He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

§ He has…deprive(ed) us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury…transport(ed) us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

§ He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us…

§ He is at this time transporting large Armies…to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

§ He has constrained our fellow Citizens…to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

A (President) whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We, therefore…do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People…solemnly publish and declare, That these…Free and Independent (People)…are Absolved from all Allegiance to the (Bush Administration), and that all political connection between them and (this Administration), is and ought to be totally dissolved…And for the support of this Declaration…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”


Note that the colonists did not just write these words. They also fought and died for them.

Supporting our troops and working to ensure that they not have died in vain are notions that no longer apply to the soldiers who died in the fields around my house in Virginia. The statute of limitations has expired, and the 4,435 who died to rid America of a King George are now in fact required – as a matter of patriotic duty – to have died in vain.

In vain their deaths to free us of a unitary executive.

In vain their deaths to establish freedom of assembly.

In vain their deaths to separate church and state.

In vain their deaths to create freedom of speech.

In vain their deaths in the cause of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.

In vain their blood spilled in rivers to establish the right to freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.

In vain their ultimate sacrifices to create a representative democracy based on checks and balances.

In vain the heartache of their families suffered in the name of an end to empire.

All in vain, all unsupported. Welcome to the world of free speech zones, detention without charge, no access to a court of law, no prohibition on torture. Welcome to the end of the veto and the birth of the signing statement. Welcome to an executive branch that neither obeys Congress nor so much as informs Congress of its actions. Welcome to wars of aggression for a theocratic plutocracy. Welcome back, King George.

King George is opposed by almost all Americans who identify themselves as democrats or Democrats. Only 9 percent of Democrats approve of his "handling the situation with Iraq," according to a CBS poll. The so-called Republican Party, on the other hand, is split. 71 percent of Republicans approve of the king's war, a number that is steadily declining. So, I have to say it annoys me a teeny little bit when the military industrial media complex calls the Democratic Party split and makes that alleged split the focus of reporting.

What they mean is that a little band of plutocratic leeches living in the swamps of the District of Columbia displays different tendencies from the citizenry. Within this inbred sect, Republicans are almost united and Democrats quite split on the question of whether to slaughter more Iraqis indefinitely. All the Republicans are for it, and half the Democrats are for it too. But half the Democrats have come over to the side of the American public to receive the scorn of the pundits and preachers of Objectivity.

What nobody is making note of, though, is that the anti-war Democrats in Congress can balance the scorn that the media bestows on them with the implicit gratitude of the soldiers of the War for Independence, the war in which we were opposing, not creating, a foreign occupation.

I fully expect, one day soon, to wake up to this headline: "Dems split on torturing grandmothers," followed by words to this effect: "Republicans forced a deeply divided and uncertain Democratic Party onto the defensive this week, bringing to a vote their long-planned GT bill. The Grandmother Torture Act of 2006 provides the President with the freedom he needs in handling the rising threat from seniors engaged in terrorist activities, said several Republican leaders. The defeat is expected to hurt the Democrats in November, Diebold executives reported.

Of course, on the question of building permanent military bases in Iraq, it is the Dems in Congress who are united and the Republicans in Congress who are very much split. But that story is not a story, so it doesn't really matter who's split or not split or anything else. Nor is historic justice being served the way it should. Every member of Congress working to create permanent bases in Iraq for unwanted and illegal foreign troops should have two dozen reenactors of the American Revolution occupy their office and live off their campaign funds while endlessly reciting the Declaration of Impeachment.

Happy Fourth!

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I have been amazed over and over again at the IMPERIAL ATTITUDE of Bush and his administration. And that no one has challenged it! Perhaps with the Supreme Court ruling, the Congress will find a little courage and consider Russ Feingold's attempt at Censure. Or better yet, IMPEACHMENT!

YES. "They" need to be overthrown. We need our country back.


As long as the main stream media is reporting their biased, so called news, We have an uphill battle to impeach Awol Bush and cheney. I still find it hard to believe that so many Americans are so stupid to vote against their own jobs and wages and that they believe the bunch of hypocrites that lie and decieve for awol bush & co. Dobson falwell coulter robertson o'reilly and the whole bunch needs to be thowen out of the country for treason and their crimes against humanity for their lying reports from awol bush's lies to invade Iraq

What we are left with, after the Bush Administration has steered the government away from the rule of law, is a custom made oligarchy. The American People, deserving the steadfast adherence to the Constitution, have been given the infantalizing message that Mr. Bush, his cronies Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and others, will let them know what they need to know. This harkens back to what kings of previous centuries preferred of their citizenry - a benign ignorance and a passive obedience to their personal agenda. Isn't Democracy, by it's very nature, the opposition to such a unitary form of governance?

Never have I read such concise words about the failed, despotic, despicable regime under which the United States currently suffers. I have been a rabid DUBYA basher for some time from around the time he originally had the White House handed to him on a silver platter by his daddy's friends in the Supreme Court. Why Al Gore and the rest of the Democratic party didn't fight this one tooth and nail is beyond me. He is by far the subject I write most about in my blog ( ), next to news about my harp music projects.

Reading words such as these let me know I am NOT alone in wanting both he and Cheney in my current situation: unemployed! I stand with you, one and all in the call for the impeachment of DUBYA and Cheney. I cannot for the life of me understand why someone with courage and conviction in the House or Senate hasn't come forth to start impeachment proceedings. They were willing to impeach President Bill Clinton over a sexual indiscretion, yet they look the other way as the current President and Vice President commit nothing less than acts of treason; the only crime clearly mentioned in the Constitution of the United States.

Please keep fighting the good fight. You can be sure DUBYA will remain a hot topic in my journal until he is forced to face the music for his high crimes and misdemeanors!

Blessed be!

They shouldn't stop at just Bush. Get all the other cronies in the Administration,and all the "fools on the Hill" (as I call the Senate and Congress) who voted for the Iraq war and the "Patriot" Act, and not just impeach them, indict them. NOW!!!!!

Oh, this declaration is too true.

No one gets out of this life alive. No one. When I return to my Maker and finally meet the Founders, what excuses shall I give them for losing their sacred child - the Grand Experiment?

When are my countrymen going to realize that what has happened in the last five years has little to do with national security and everything to do with national class elites born of national class greed?

These characters are drunk with absolute power. Throughout their professional lives, they have been rewarded in playing the alpha game - using government to deliver the taxpayers' money to their projects. In this case, they are treating the death of 2500 of our children, the physical maiming of over 60,000 and the psychological perversion of just as many - as just the cost of doing the business of war. When these traitors are retired to their lifetime Secret Service protection and the richest health plan on earth, the rest of us - for at least the next two generations - will be busting our asses living down their indefenseable reputation.

Cheney and Rumsfeld are precisely the same wiseguys who engineered President Ford's pardon of Nixon - as they will for Scooter Libby. These two fellas are the most experienced mechanics in the halls of the Whitehouse and our military/industrial complex. Carl Rove has helped them hijack the trust of evangelicals and Nixon's 'silent majority' in letting faith overwhelm their reason on the nature of this new enemy. These fellas are precisely the kind of men Eisenhower warned us about upon his retirement.

These men are NOT Republicans. They are not even conservatives. They are radicals who have successfully turned our Constitution on its head by using war as the most effective antidote to the legal primacy of the Congress. The powerful exercise of executive power is the lifeblood of world class business as it is in world class statecraft. But their object isn't democracy. It is dominion. Does it really matter precisely what kind of dominion? Any kind of dominion is antithetical to our rule of law. But don't count on the Courts to fix this mess.

No one would argue that Justice O'Conner was not a conservative. But I argue that Alito is an institutionalist. When he balances our bill of rights against the acts of American government agencies, he will bolster Scalia and Thomas every time when they conserve the power of the state over the protections of the Constitution. Nothing could be more rediculous if it weren't so insidious.

I am reminded of an ancient admonition, 'power is never given; it is always taken.' Cheny and Rumsfeld have taken the power of the most moral force for good in the history of civilization and catastrophically debased it in a fraudulent 21st century war. If we do not now take OUR power to impeach and then indigt these traitors, then we will have given them the passage of time necessary to spin the perception of our countrymen that it was all just an unfortunate series of technical errors that nobody could have avoided.

This is cowardice, no matter who advances it. We are the richest and most technically capable government in history. There are no errors. At this level, there is only performance or treachery. We know precisely what brings the sunrise. We know precisely what brings the rain. And we know precisely what has brought Jihadist Islam. It is not God, it is not mysterious and it was avoidable.

Now we're screwed. Now we can't leave. While those carpetbaggers are in retirement, we will be stuck in Iraq feeding our children to IEDs for the next two generations if we're lucky, or if not, until we are forced into virtual genocide to prevent the takeover of the 2nd largest oil field in the world by a 21st century tribal holocost. How is this not the most obscene circumstance that any pervert could have designed?

By the time the inside players of the 'big game' finally act against this Presidency, we will be so weary of the partisan protestations, that we will gratefully forget the damage they have all done. They will beseach us to 'move on' from the constitutional crisis - as they did with Nixon - and get about the business of the future. If we do this again, we will have validated the rest of the world's new suspicion that WE don't believe in the rule of law any more than they do. They will be right. And THAT will be the end of our moral authority forever.

Short of world war, the 21st century shall likely be called the Chinese Century. This presidency have staged us to be the tail on the Chinese dog. They have opened the new century by shooting our Constitution, our treasure and our progeny all at once. The decline of the American middle class is now to be followed by the decline of the American state. If this is security, who needs experts?

Impeach them now. Then, hang'm high. And in November, retire everybody over 50. Elect all 55 Democrat Veterans running for the House. They are not the least bit confused by war - or treason.

In Santa Cruz, CA, restaraunts were serving impeachment pie last year over the Independance Day Celebration. It is good to see the spirit is still alive, well and growing.

Consider this; if you impeach Bush, you get Chenney. I agree with the Submission by Anonymous on Wed, 2006-07-05 01:47 "These men are NOT Republicans. They are not even conservatives. They are radicals who have successfully turned our Constitution on its head by using war as the most effective antidote to the legal primacy of the Congress."

Double impeachment, as difficult a legal task that may be, (considering the posture of the courts and attorneys all over) is a better step in the same direction and must be done and then some. Whatever steps are being taken toward that end, the actions themselves are only a start of something that must remain throughout generations. We must rout out the entire Post WW II element in the branches of "OUR" government, (a democratically elected, representative REPUBLIC, to which our flag stands, sovereign nation)that has nothing to bind it to We The People of these United States. Then educate the nation once again about, 1) What the United States is, 2) What are its interests?

I would submit that the message is not, "Now we're screwed. Now we can't leave." I share the position proposed right up front;

"When are my countrymen going to realize that what has happened in the last five years has little to do with national security and everything to do with national class elites born of national class greed?"

Chin up and spirits high, empowered by an identity endowed to us by the creator. No Creator, no equality, as we all must know our part, limitations and do our best to alert others of this plight. Let's go forth with a smile on our face and a heart of compassion for those who are going to be affected. When will the People Act? When will the Congress Act? Watch this Patriot Act.

In Solidarity and for the good of the Union,
From within a beacon of hope and temple of liberty.

Conflict and War are not the natural state of affairs among Peoples and Nations in a civilized world.

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