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Public sentiment for impeachment expands

By John Kaminski and Gary Higginbottom, Brunswick Times Record, Brunswick, Maine

The percentage of Americans favoring impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney is approaching the percentage who favored impeachment of President Nixon in 1973-74.

Public opinion has reached this high level even before Congress has started any impeachment investigation of the Bush-Cheney administration. The public is way ahead of Congress, suggesting that it is time for the U.S. House of Representatives to move forward with the impeachment process.

In October 1973, a Gallup Poll results showed only 28 percent favored Nixon's impeachment and removal from office. That was after a summer of well-publicized Senate Watergate Committee hearings.

Just nine months later, the day before Nixon resigned, nearly two-thirds of Americans believed there was enough evidence for an impeachment trial, and 55 percent thought Nixon should be removed from office.

That is how drastically opinion shifted once Congress acted and revealed the full extent of Nixon's abuses of power.

Now, without any impeachment investigation by Congress, we already see the public's desire for impeachment action approaching the level that led to Nixon's departure from office.

Now, 55 percent of Americans believe that "President Bush has abused his powers as president, which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution," and 34 percent believe he should be removed from office.

For Vice President Cheney, 52 percent believe he committed impeachable offenses, and 43 percent believe he should be removed.

Perhaps most telling is that 64 percent of Americans believe that President Bush has abused his powers, and 70 percent believe that Cheney has done so. Polling was conducted by American Research Group Inc., on Nov. 9-12.

Maine people feel much the same way. According to a recent poll by Critical Insights Inc., 40 percent of Maine adults say they favor "the U.S. House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney," and 38 percent against President Bush.

Not surprisingly, Maine Republicans and Democrats differ substantially on this matter. Among Maine Democrats, 58 percent favor impeachment proceedings against Cheney, and 54 percent against Bush.

One in six Maine Republicans favors impeachment proceedings against Cheney, and one in eight against Bush.

Maine independents are about evenly split on the impeachment of both Bush and Cheney.

By any historic gauge, the nation clearly believes that we have a major problem with our president and vice president, although the Democrats in control of Congress have refused to even start an impeachment investigation. They are dismissing the sizable portion of citizens calling for Congress to act as the Constitution directed to keep presidential power under control.

The Constitution gives Tom Allen, Mike Michaud and Congress the tool of impeachment to address the problem that a majority of Americans now recognize. This impeachment tool is designed to keep our rulers' power in check — to prevent drifting into a situation of absolute power by an individual or a small controlling group.

Impeachment is the tool being demanded by 43 percent of Americans who not only recognize the problem, but even call for the drastic action of removing Cheney from office.

House Democratic leadership is acting in a timid and irresponsibly political fashion. Likely, they want to keep the Republican executives in power and all Republican politicians "on the ropes" until the 2008 elections. Or perhaps they misguidedly believe that there are more important activities for Congress than heeding this historically strong demand to address these obvious abuses.

Whatever the motivation, Democratic congressional leaders continue to shirk their oaths of office by allowing the executive branch to ignore laws and plan expanded warfare without congressional authorization.

Public opinion and Constitutional responsibility are commanding congressional Democrats Tom Allen and Mike Michaud as strongly as in Nixon's day.

Will they recognize the strength of public sentiment and the dire condition of our nation and take the required corrective action of impeachment investigation? Or will they choose to ignore the call and allow present and future presidents to control the people and their representatives — an authoritarian power that the Constitution directed Congress to prohibit?

John Kaminski is a Topsham resident and chairman of Maine Lawyers for Democracy. Gary Higginbottom is one of the founders of the Maine Campaign to Impeach.

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It looks like Nancy Pelosi is going to personally oversee the demise of the Democratic Party. Hello Nancy, the game is up. It is time to move out of the way.

Who thinks Nancy Pelosi is a closet Republican?

Both parties are neo-cons and neo-liberals, both of them are facist and that loser pelosi is defintely one of those bastards, she never cared about this country, all she cared about is herself, let's face it america has lost it's ways since 1913.

Why doesn't the Democratic party police itself. I would bet that half our democratic congress are CLOSET CASES.


pelosi & most elected scum of our congress has to be backers of the nwo. Why else would they act the way they are? Assuming we will have a 2008 election, Ron Paul is our only hope for a future. A false flag event will most likely happen before the election & bush, under cheney's command will declare dictatorship. Then " THE END "

"Whatever the motivation, Democratic congressional leaders continue to shirk their oaths of office by allowing the executive branch to ignore laws and plan expanded warfare without congressional authorization."

And the Democrats want my vote? I will not support any
candidate who voted to fund the IRAQ war or has not signed on to
H Res 333 or who is not advocating the IMPEACHMENT and REMOVAL
of both D.C. and G.B.
If it helps the self-interested politicians to know how I
and how many others who may have voted for the Democrats feel,
if it in anyway pushes them to IMPEACH..then I will be happy
with that even if they do it for the wrong reasons. They are
doing the wrong thing now for the wrong reasons (exception
Kucinich) and we need as a nation the full and open trials in
the Senate if our freedom and our Constitution mean anything at
all. After that I would like to see criminal prosecution.
The Democrats will never convince me to vote for them again when
what they have said to me through their failure to execute their
oath of office is that our Constitution means nothing, Criminals
of the highest order can do what they want as long as they live in the White House and WE the People must pay the bills! Bottom line have made it clear that I can never again in my lifetime consider trusting you to do your job, the one thing you are elected to do!


A court declares that the Bush Administration had committed a felony.

Hopefully, the wiretaping w/o Fisa thing will do.

unfortunately, it no longer matters what the fuck 'We The People' seem to want, our politico's don't respond to our letters, they ignore our phone calls, and therefore, we no longer have a 'representative government' of any kind, unless you happen to have a big fat 30 or 40k dollar check to mail the son's of bitches for their 'intervention' on your problem, or look into your 'concerns' for you.

so, let them keep fucking up. it's going to force us to BODILY REMOVE THEM SOMEDAY, we cannot keep getting fucked without so much as a goddamned reach around from these bastards when they SCREW US ALL!!!!

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