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By David Swanson
We're trying to impeach Bush AND CHENEY. Regardless, there are several reasons to stop worrying that impeaching Bush would make things worse.
An investigation into possible grounds for impeachment, as well as proposals for censure, serve an educational and political purpose in themselves, whether or not we get to impeachment. We further discredit the Bushies, and we help to build an opposition.
By Molly Ivins, AlterNet
Once upon a time, in the middle of a nasty constitutional crisis in Washington, a most unlikely hero emerged -- a lawyer from one of Texas' notoriously discriminated-against racial minorities.
By David Swanson
Joe Scarborough hosted a discussion of impeachment last night on MSNBC. Here's the transcript:
There were four guests, two explicitly labeled as liberals, and two as conservatives. The conservatives were Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan. The liberals were Liz Holtzman and Arianna Huffington.
When does it make sense to impeach a sitting president? At this time in our history, it's a reasonable question to ask.
By Eric Armstrong, http://www.citizensadvisory.org
Richard Nixon was impeached for criminal actions and attempts to interfere with the election process. Either action would probably have been grounds for impeachment, but it was probably the criminal nature of the offense that made it so abhorrent.
Rep. Michael Honda (DEM-CA-15) signed on yesterday to co-sponsor John Conyers' H Res 635. This bill would create a select committee to conduct an investigation and then make recommendations on impeachment. This is simply asking for the facts. There are now 23 Congress Members behind this. There is no excuse for YOUR Congress Member not to be on it.
Email them now!
By Greg Sagan, Amarillo Globe-News
The impeachment trial of President Clinton in January 1999 on two articles
voted on the month before by the House of Representatives set an important
standard for America, what might be called the "lowball threshold" for impeachment
Elsbernd Sends Daly's Resolution to Investigate/Impeach Bush/Cheney to Committee
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-08
The Board of Supervisors clock ticked toward 8 p.m., and Sup. Sean Elsbernd asked Item 44 to be severed. And I thought, we're going to have a debate. But as the remainder of yesterday's agenda received approval without objection, Elsbernd decided he wanted Sup. Chris Daly's proposed "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney" to be sent to committee.
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News
22 US Representatives–including two members of the Georgia delegation–have now signed on as co-sponsors of H. Res 635, demanding a probe which could recommend Bush’s impeachment, including the initial sponsor, US Rep. John Conyers, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
By David Swanson
The past month has seen a burst of resolutions supporting impeachment in city councils, state democratic parties, and even chapters of Democrats Abroad. On January 6, the City Council of Arcata, Calif., passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, citing violations of international and constitutional law.
Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of Bush and Cheney
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-07
Bloggers, pollsters, newspaper columnists, and members of the U.S. House and Senate have been more frequently discussing the possible impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and today District 6 Sup. Chris Daly steps forward to introduce File No. 060156, "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney."
At this site, we are especially proud of the new Conyers Report, "The Constitution in Crisis." We were also pleasantly surprised that the Academy Chicago Publishers, the same people who published "What Went Wrong in Ohio?" decided to publish the report, with a foreward by Ambassador Joe Wilson.
By Congressman John Conyers, http://www.conyersblog.us/
Up to 17 Members, More than 35,000 Citizens
All of your hard work is paying off. We are now up to 17 Members on my select committee to investigate impeachable offenses. And more than 35,000 Americans have signed my on line petition demanding accountability.
Congress is full of followers. But to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney, we need real leaders.
That's why ImpeachPAC is endorsing Chris Owens in the open race for Brooklyn's 11th Congressional District.
DETROIT: THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Monday, February 06, 2006
By Doug Pullen
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At Super Bowl Sunday:
Crudely made "Impeach Bush" signs greeted drivers headed to downtown Detroit on southbound I-75, but the sentiment was different inside the General Motors Renaissance Center, where football fan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed autographs (including at least one Terrible Towel), posed for pictures and pressed the flesh with the crowd at the ESPN studio on the ground floor.
By David Swanson
On Jan. 15, 2006, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Senator Arlen Specter on ABC's This Week. On the issue of warrent-less NSA Wiretaps authorized by the president, Stephanopoulus asked Specter what the possible remedies would be if the president's actions were found to be illegal. Specter replied, "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."
From US Citizens for Peace
Watch this Today Show video: http://tinyurl.com/bmdn2
One of our more patient members actually sat through all the videos
of the Today show and found one of us chanting Stop Stop Stop the
Velvet Revolution's ImpeachMobile has so far received nothing but thumbs-ups and high-signs from those who've seen it! (With the exception of a few cops who have pulled it over to make sure all papers were in order. They are.)
That may change this week, as the intrepid Velvet Revolutionary drivers take the rolling billboard into a few less-friendly settings. We'll see!
In the meantime, we still (The BRAD BLOG is a co-founder of VR) welcome and appreciate your contributions to the effort. They help to fill up the gas tank, as well as to pay for future billboards. Perhaps we'll not be so subtle next time with our message ;-)
By Bob Fertik, www.ImpeachPAC.org
Brooklyn's 11th District is an open seat because long-time progressive Rep. Major Owens is retiring. His son, Chris Owens, is carrying his father's progressive torch into a crowded primary this September. Chris Owens made headlines this week when he declared his support for impeaching George Bush.
Marin Independent Journal
THE DEMOCRATIC Central Committee of Marin approved a resolution Thursday night that calls for the impeachment of President Bush for what it considers to be illegal domestic wiretapping of American citizens.
By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN, Brattleboro Reformer
Saturday, February 04, 2006 - NEWFANE -- Among votes to approve the budget and education spending at Town Meeting, residents will wade into national waters and vote from the floor for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
By NICOLE WIETRAK, Coventry Courier
PROVIDENCE - At a state house press conference Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and West Greenwich resident Carl Sheeler made a call out to Rhode Island Congressmen James R. Langevin (D-02) and Patrick J. Kennedy (D-01) to assist U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) to initiate impeachment hearings for President George W. Bush.
Here's a short audio clip from the Alternative State of the Union event hosted by the Progressive Caucus, the Nation Magazine, and the Institute for Policy Studies. The only voice you'll hear will be that of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, speaking about Bush, and saying:
"His message tonight will not deal honestly with the mistakes that he's made. And I believe that the latest revelations about him and his spying on American citizens - no matter how he tries to frame it - are impeachable offenses. I believe that this president is not only spying on American citizens in the way that he's describing it, but to indicate in any shape form or fashion that he's been authorized by Congress to do it on the vote that was taken after 9-11 is plain dishonest. And further to try to imply that he's supported by the Constitution of the United States is even more dishonest. And so, I think that this issue that he's been caught red-handed on is really typical of who he is, how he handles this presidency, and what his leadership is all about: spying and lying. And I think it is important for us to understand that all of the other issues that we're going to talk about today - and particularly the war in Iraq - will continue to exemplify how he has lied and misled the American public."
By Steve Cobble, www.huffingtonpost.com
Those of us who co-founded AfterDowningStreet.org have long pushed for some sort of "accountability" for the Bush Administration's lies about the war--from hearings to censure to impeachment. Legally and morally, George W. betrayed his oath of office; he has earned impeachment.
By Matthew Cardinale, Editor, Atlanta Progressive News
(APN) EXCLUSIVE: The number of Members of US Congress supporting US Rep. John Conyers’s (D-MI) H. Res 635 has now jumped to 16. The US House bill would create a Select Committee to investigate the grounds for impeaching President Bush.
A former state senator will present a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney to the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee February 9.
The resolution ( full text attached) passed the Committee's agenda subcomittee last month.
By Eric Alterman
At a recent conference on the Clinton Administration at Hofstra University, ex-press secretary Jake Siewart made a point that had previously eluded me: It was during the early days of Clinton's presidency that the democratization of instant information made the insider press corps obsolete. To retain their importance and self-regard, these journalists had to invent a new function for themselves, and they did: interpreting, not reporting, the news. But instead of doing the hard work of researching the historical, economic, sociological and political contexts of a given story and then finding a way to explain these in lay terms, they preferred to rely on what came most easily to them: cocktail party gossip, green room small talk, semiofficial leaks and unconfirmed rumor, almost always offered up as if the source had no interest in pushing a point of view.
Carl Sheeler, 45, a Democrat, business owner and Marine Veteran is seeking Lincoln Chafee's seat as well as seeking to unseat "King George" for his violations of the US Constitution. Sheeler alleges that, among other things, he has lied to the public and damaged foreign relations and our Democracy. He expresses leadership is not always popular or a majority opinion, but no operson is above the law.