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By Clarence Lusane, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
As the crimes of the Bush administration mount, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid talk of impeachment.
As a result of his continuing abuse of power, the impeachment option is making its way from the margin to the mainstream. Legal scholars on the left and the right argue that Bush may have committed "high crimes and misdemeanors," as stated in Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution.
In the 2004 election, Karl Rove masterfully used gay marriage as the catalyst to drive normally apathetic voters to the polls and achieve historic turnout. It worked. Republicans of all ages, shapes and sizes who couldn't care less about manufactured WMD intelligence, record deficits and gas/oil prices, CIA leaks and warrantless wiretappings raced to polling places across America just to keep homosexuals from tying the knot.
The new issue of Harper's magazine, http://www.harpers.org , has a cover story (not online yet) by the editor Lewis Lapham laying out the case for impeachment. And Harper's has planned the following event:
By The Nation, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- The list of House members who have signed on as cosponsors of U.S. Representative John Conyers'resolution calling for the establishment of select committee that would examine whether President Bush and Vice President Cheney should face impeachment continues to grow. Four more members of the House have added their names to the resolution, bringing to 27 the total number of representatives, including Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, who are calling for the creation of "a select committee to investigate the administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment."
By David Swanson
Remarks prepared for February 18th pro-impeachment rally in colonial dress in Charlottesville, Va., home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, and near the home of James Madison.
By Jim Oberg
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to let you know that we, the American people, are awakening to
what you have been doing to our great country. We now see with shame that
all of your agenda, as you lead us to our material and moral destruction, is
Grounds For Impeachment Of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Others: The Federal Crime Of Conspiracy To Commit Torture
As Defined In United States Code 18-2340A(c)
By Rev. Bill McGinnis, http://www.opednews.com
Here are the exact words of the Federal Law regarding Torture, as described in the United States Code, Title 18, Sections 2340, 2340A, and 2340B.
By Randy Hall, CNS News
(CNSNews.com) - Richard Dreyfuss, the actor who starred in movies ranging from "Jaws" to "Mr. Holland's Opus," told an audience in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that "there are causes worth fighting for," and one of those is the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
By V. Davis, www.pdamerica.org
I am a combat veteran of the Korean war. I mention this for the purpose of giving credibility to my statement that I consider G W Bush a domestic enemy of the Constitution of the USA. My reason for writing this is that all American military personnel take an oath to honor, protect, and defend the Consitution of the USA, against all enemies both foreign and domestic. G W Bush lied to the Congress and the American people when he appeared on national TV and stated clearly that the USA had to invade Iraq in order to avoid the horrors of weapons of mass destruction which Iraq had the capacity to unleash against our country. He also portrayed this scenario in the form of an imaginary "mushroom cloud" of an nuclear explosion related to nuclear material coming from Nigeria. Both of these claims were falso, as proved by his own commissions, and this country has now experienced the slaughter of over 9,000 severely wounded military and over 2,500 deaths of military personnel. This action was taken in the face of overwhelming disagreement with the United Nations and was the reason that G W Bush invaded Iraq like a cowboy, unilaterally. Great Britain joined him in this fiasco, but G W Bush was the liar and coward who spearheaded the venture. I must quickly admit that the mastermind of this entire scenario was Richard Cheney, who himself is a coward, having applied for 5 deferments from military service himself. Both of these men were willing to send other young men and wormen to their deaths in a war they created, but they would not go themselves. I am referring to military service in Viet Nam. The US government spent 1 million dollars training G W Bush as a fighter pilot only to have him use his fathers influence to avoid being called into active duty service in the Viet Nam hostility. Even if one has a problem understanding these facts, it should be easy to understand the violation of the Constitution by ordering wiretaps on American citizens without a court order. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court was set up for just such oversight and G W Bush intentionally avoided seeking a court order to perform such wiretaps. This is a violation of the Constitution and a high crime for which he should be impeached.
By San Francisco Sentinel
A committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today recommended full board approval of a resolution calling for President Bush to be impeached.
Chair Mirkarimi indicated dismay Bush had not been already impeached.
By Scott Piatkowski, http://www.rabble.ca
Perhaps the story might be garnering more media attention if it involved a semen-stained blue dress, but there is growing public support in the United States for the notion that George W. Bush should be removed from office as soon as possible. The Bush Administration has consistently behaved as if it was above the law, while the institutions that are supposed to hold the executive branch in check — Congress, the judiciary, the media, and even many voters — have so far let them get away with it.
By Carol Wolman, http://www.opednews.com
Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and chair of the Democratic National Committee, has asked us for feedback on what the Democrats should be doing, at http://www.democrats.org/page/petition/chairman/futfbu
Carl Sheeler's February 15, 2006 Speech, RI State House Rotunda
In the past two weeks since our campaign has erected the “Be Patriotic Impeach Bush
New "Impeach Bush & Cheney!" buttons are now available!
The button is a 2 1/4" round black button with white lettering. Arched around the top of the button in white lettering is "Progressive Democrats of America." Centered at the bottom of the circle will be www.pdamerica.org also in white (with the union bug below). Centered in bold white lettering across the middle of the button will be: "Impeach Bush & Cheney!"
PDA grassroots activists from across the country are challenging PDA to step up and help lead the call for the impeachment of George W. Bush. We’ve heard you and we’re taking action!
[Read what the right-wingers are worried about...]
By Paul M. Weyrich, http://www.nationalledger.com
John Gizzi, veteran Political Editor of the conservative weekly 'Human Events,' normally is an optimist. Over the years I have watched him find the one possible thread to explain the rationale for the election of a conservative Republican.
Nonviolent Peaceful Demonstrations In Front of Congress Members' Homes Every Weekend
Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Gold Star Families for Peace, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, and Velvet Revolution, are working to organize grassroots teams in all 435 Congressional Districts plus 5 Delegate Districts (DC, PR, VI, GU, and AS) and to hold nonviolent peaceful demonstrations every weekend in front of the homes of congress members.
By Dana Olsen - www.dailynexus.com
One of UCSB's newest student organizations wants to impeach President George W. Bush for ordering, without judicial warrants, the placement of wiretaps on the phones of American citizens.
Sheeler wants Rhode Island to lead the Bush impeachment effort. In addition to asking Rhode Island's U.S. Representatives to "show the leadership that over two-thirds of our citizens want" and "support John Conyers, not because he's a Democrat ... it's the right thing." Sheeler has also called for members of the Rhode Island General Assembly to exercise their right under Section 603 of the United States House Rules to initiate impeachment proceedings by transmitting charges to Congress in a joint resolution.
Peter White, Independent for Congress
P.O. Box 913
Hyannis, MA 02601
Independent candidate Peter White says that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other members of their Administration should be impeached immediately, and he challenges Rep. Delahunt to a public debate on impeachment.
By David Swanson
Can you even imagine Republicans, even if they were in a minority in Congress, debating whether or not to call for the impeachment of a Democratic president known and documented as guilty of a wide range of high crimes and misdemeanors? In particular, if you can imagine that, can you imagine the Republicans who opposed impeachment arguing that they were doing so for strategic political reasons?
By Pat Jones, Baxter Bulletin (Arkansas)
Thus far no one has been willing to draft articles of impeachment of George W. Bush. But the political atmosphere is changing.
A majority of Americans now recognize Iraq was a terrible mistake, and the president may have lied about the basis for taking us to war. Indictments are plaguing the administration lately, from Scooter Libby's to Tom DeLay's to Jack Abramoff's. Seventy-five percent of Americans and 66 percent of all GOPers agree the White House should come clean on its connections to Abramoff and release all the photos they are sitting on showing Bush and Abramoff together.
During a town meeting, Ashland’s state senator says time to oust Bush has come
By Robert Plain, Ashland Daily Tidings (Oregon)
Democrats in D.C. may not using the “I
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- Twenty-two members of the House have now signed on as co-sponors of the call by Representative John Conyers (news, bio, voting record), D-Michigan, to establish a select committee of the Congress to investigate whether the Bush administration's actions before and after the invasion of Iraq violated Constitutional requirements, statutes and standards in a manner that would merit impeachment of the president or vice president.
By Katrina Vanden Heuvel, www.thenation.com
The other night, Pat Buchanan said on Scarborough Country's segment about "The Politics of Impeachment" that my views on the subject are irrelevant.
From VETERANS FOR PEACE
Dear Supporters of the Veterans For Peace Impeachment Initiative,
In the past you have helped us by signing VFP's online petition calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. Since we've started this drive the list of crimes committed by this administration has grown longer. The latest offense, the authorization of illegal wiretaps, fits into the category of "high crimes and misdemeanors" and are a clear violation of the law reminiscent of the crimes listed in the articles of impeachment written against President Nixon.
By David Swanson
Some say we can't push impeachment until after non-Republicans win a majority in Congress.
This makes no sense, because first we need a reason to vote the Democrats a majority.