Posts on Impeachment on City Council member's Website
Only one member of the Portland City Council, Sam Adams, offers constituents the opportunity to post pictures and local commentary on his office website. So far, I have posted the following commentary below a picture of me doing my morning protest to raise political awareness of the dangers of the Bush Presidency... http://www.commissionersam.com/node/911.
Call City Council about the Resolution of Impeachment!!
Submitted by Styve on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 4:11pm.
I have teamed up with a DFA group that is pressing Portland City Council to consider, debate, and adopt a Resolution of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney, using Jefferson's Manual, Sec. LIII, sec. 603. The Commissioners seem reluctant to get involved with such a 'National' political issue, despite the fact that local budgets are being slashed to accommodate BushCo's disastrous tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in the face of an outrageous $8 Billion/month cost of the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Please call any or all commissioners (Adams, Leonard, Salzman and Sten) to demand that Portland take this step to protect our city, our economy, our clean air and our natural resources from the mounting predatory recklessness of the Bush Administration.
We gave all the commissioners the following articles and links on how damaging BushCo's policies have been to state and city budgets throughout the country. Please read some or all of them, and call to urge City Council to have Portland join the nine States and countless cities and counties across the country currently joining the Jefferson Impeachment Movement ( http://impeachpac.org/resolutions-list)!!
City Council has a duty to adopt a Resolution of Impeachment!
Submitted by Styve on Tue, 08/22/2006 - 5:05pm.
Talking Point Rebuttals for City Councils
* When they say, "It is not our job to impeach the President."
* When they say, "This is not a local issue."
When they say, "It is not our job to impeach the President."
1. Most City Council members take an oath of office promising to "protect and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. They don't take an oath to fix potholes. If the Constitution is in danger then their primary duty is to defend it. If it is safe, and they have time on their hands, then they can fix potholes. (You might be able to state this more diplomatically.)
2. Cities and towns routinely send petitions to Congress for all kinds of requests. This is allowed under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the House of Representatives. This clause is routinely used to accept petitions from cities, and memorials from states, all across America. As an example, here is a page from the Congressional Record showing petitions and memorials laid on the Clerk's desk on March 6th, 2006.
When they say, "This is not a local issue. "
1. If a federal action has a significant negative impact on this city, then it is appropriate for this city to defend itself.
2. Citizens from this city may be sent, or have been sent, to Iraq to fight in an illegal and unjustified war.
3. Tax funds from this city that could have been spent locally have been spent in Iraq for war. Tax money from this city has been wasted in no-bid contracts with companies like Halliburton with deep ties to the Bush administration. Yet this city can barely afford the emergency services, libraries, and schools that we need.
4. The state National Guard should be available to protect this city from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes or other disasters. But instead they have been sent to Iraq by President Bush.
Just out today is this great short piece by Jim Hightower, which I sent to our four Commissioners, complete with a handy run-down of Bush's numerous high crimes and misdemeanors. Please call these guys, and ask why they have sat on the Impeachment Resolution for almost 3.5 months since we first presented it in City Council. If the following facts and figures don't make you realize the immediacy of the threat that the Bush Administration poses to this country, I want to know what you are smoking!!
Where Bush's Arrogance Has Taken Us
By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown. Posted August 23, 2006.
An illegal war, a long list of eroded rights, and a country run by and for the benefit of corporate campaign donors -- all courtesy of the imperial presidency.
During his gubernatorial days in Texas, George W let slip a one-sentence thought that unintentionally gave us a peek into his political soul. In hindsight, it should've been loudly broadcast all across our land so people could've absorbed it, contemplated its portent?and roundly rejected the guy's bid for the presidency. On May 21, 1999, reacting to some satirical criticism of him, Bush snapped: "There ought to be limits to freedom."
Gosh, so many freedoms to limit, so little time! But in five short years, the BushCheneyRummy regime has made remarkable strides toward dismembering the genius of the Founders, going at our Constitution and Bill of Rights like famished alligators chasing a couple of poodles.
Forget about such niceties as separation of powers, checks and balances (crucial to the practice of democracy), the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, and open government-these guys are on an autocratic tear. Whenever they've been challenged (all too rarely), they simply shout "war on terror," "commander-in-chief," "support our troops," "executive privilege," "I'm the decider," or some other slam-the-door political phrase designed to silence any opposition. Indeed, opponents are branded "enemies" who must be demonized, personally attacked, and, if possible, destroyed. Bush's find-the-loopholes lawyers assert that a president has the right to lie (even about going to war), to imprison people indefinitely (without charges, lawyers, hearings, courts, or hope), to torture people, to spy on Americans without court or congressional review, to prosecute reporters who dare to report, to rewrite laws on executive whim,and on and on.
Here, we are pleased to give you a sense of the enormity of what Bush & Company are doing under the cloak of war and executive privilege in a handy-dandy poster format.
[Editor's Note: The August issue of The Hightower Lowdown contains a poster-sized chart detailing the many grievances, lies and miscues of the Bush Administration. Below is the story in text form, you can also download the full poster from The Hightower Lowdown.]
The War President
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
-George W., August 2004
continued...hit the url above, or see the other post on Hightower's piece...