Object Lessons: Rantings of a Lone Pamphleteer
Consolidate!!!(Today's lessons: Citizens can impeach, the impeachment movement is growing, and you don't have to have sexy interns involved in order to impeach.)
I've been checking Wexler's progress on getting more signatures for his petition to get impeachment hearings for VP Cheney rolling before the year is up, and am pleased to see his total is over 190,000 signatures (in four weeks). He also has posted video of his recent speech from the floor, where he notes that other websites are also promoting impeachment of our executive branch, [such as www.impeachbush.org, www.impeachpac.org, www.petitiontoimpeach.com, www.petitiononline.com, and about 187,ooo similar hits, according to Google. One interesting website cites the "Do-it-yourself impeachment," using a little-known rule in the House's Jefferson Manual (ratified by each Congress, including the current one) to impeach. Citizens, it seems, can start the impeachment process, too.]
When all the petitions are assembled, more that one million U.S. citizens (according to Wexler's speech) are calling for impeachment. Of course, this combines the two high offices of the Executive branch, and it doesn't take much thought to realize why it's best to take them down in the same way Seargeant York shot turkeys: he picked them off from back to front. Does Bush even see what's snowballing behind him?
Wikipedia hosts a page on the call for impeachment, and describes several "Rationales for Impeachment" (of Bush). Specifically, the Wiki lists ("alleged") high crimes and misdemeanors:
It occurs to me that as U.S. citizens become more and more polarized ... (is polarized the right word? "Polarized" defines two segments of society at odds, but in truth our divisions are multiplied by race, geography, religion -- all those elements which grow into our individual ethical stance) that as the citizenry cuts itself into tiny segments, it's harder for them to coalesce into a united front. It serves Bush's purpose to keep us all divided into tiny segments.
So, here's today's point: If we consolidate all the grassroots impeachment movements behind Wexler (who, as a member of the judiciary Committee, has some pull) and Congressman Kucinich (who has put forth a resolution for impeachment), we might get somewhere. So pull together, and sign Wexler's petition. [If you can't find something to be offended at in the list of offenses above, then you need to reread it.]
While you're at it, watch the video of Wexler calling for impeachment hearings this week.
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