Public Opinion, Chambersburg, PA
Events have been occurring all across our country that the news media have not been reporting or are only beginning to report. On July 23, "hundreds were turned away as capacity crowds packed public forums to discuss the Downing Street Memo and related evidence that President Bush lied about the reasons for war. Halls were filled to capacity and beyond in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Detroit, Northampton, N.Y., and elsewhere, for events led by congress members" (from a memo by David Swanson, AfterDowningStreet.org).
Crowds of people in both red and blue states were chanting "Impeach Bush" at some of these events. And recently a veterans group, Veterans for Peace, issued a Declaration for Impeachment of President George W. Bush. The interesting feature of this indictment is that the words that Thomas Jefferson used in the Declaration of Independence indicting King George were used verbatim to charge President Bush of dereliction of duty. The only change that was made was to insert President Bush's name at certain places to make the charges that Jefferson made against King George justifying our independence from the British empire apply to George Bush.
This document can be downloaded from VFP@igc.org , and a full account of David Swanson's report can be found on truthout.org for July 25 entitled "Overflow Crowds Mark Anniversary of Downing Street Memo."
We can only hope that a Republican of the caliber and courage of Sen. Baker of Tennessee, who challenged the country with the words, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" will arise to similarly challenge the current president and the country.
But even more important is an aroused and informed public, informed if not by the media whose responsibility it is, then by public meetings, blogs, e-mails, letters to editors etc.
Omar R. Buchwalter
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