Once More Into The Breach, Impeach!….Impeach!!!

There can be no Peace without Justice.

There can be no unity without Justice either. Nor can there be meaningful change.

George McGovern, Representative Wexler, Jack frikking Cafferty…..It seems that the cry goes up anew among the rubble that Bushco has created!


For the children in Iraq, for the millions spied upon, for the Imprisoned in Guantanamo and around the world, for the Constitution and for the very concept at the heart of democracy, the cry goes out….Impeach!


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The list of crimes and scandals is nearly endless…as is the harm that they have done, we cannot sit by and let this pass the outrage pass, we can not afford to be numb. The lawlessness and tyranny they are trying to impose will not vanish with elections no matter the intentions of those who would take the mantle of power for themselves. We must root out the sickness, before moving down the road.

Lest we forget:

A stolen election. (or two)

Warned of 9/11 and nothing done.

Lying to Congress and America to start an illegal war of aggression, the number one offense under Nuremberg conventions.

Colin Powell at the UN.

Using White Phosphorous as a weapon.

Abu Ghraib, straight off of Rumsfelds desk, with Bush and Cheney’s knowledge and approval.

Guantanamo. Snatching people of the street on the word of their jealous neighbor and imprisoning them for 6 years….and still.

An entire network of secret torture prisons, serviced by an frikking airline for gods sake.

The elimination of Habeas Corpus.

Signing statements to subvert the will of Congress.

Spying on Americans BEFORE 9/11.

And exposing an entire counter terrorism network and treasonously exposing a CIA agent. For personal revenge.

And those are just the highlights. Can we truly just let this go and still be a Republic? Can we truly claim to be a beacon of freedom and justice and human rights in the world, with our record stained and those who stained it set free to open their libraries and go on book tours?

How can this stand? How can it be ignored? How can anyone say move on? Move on to what? A nation soaked in the blood of an illegal invasion and torture and tyranny cannot move on. Some accounting must be made, some truth laid bare some Justice done….or we are not a nation of laws and freedom, but an ugly joke and a puppet show and a sham of what our founding fathers worked so hard to achieve, that millions of soldiers have fought and died to protect.

Bring AMERICA back and to hell with this banana republic and tin horn dictatorship. Give us our rights back, our dignity back, our pride back.

Give us Justice back……IMPEACH!!!


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  2. Something missing from your list,

    The DEMOLITION of WTC 1,2 & 7 on 9-11, I’ve done minor demo, enough to recognize a demo job. All the way back to my first viewing of the buildings collapsing, I have  thought that it looked like a demo job, but I kinda sorta accepted the conventional viewpoint of sagging beams because of the heat, etc. I wasn’t a conspirator until I read David Griffin’s book “A New Pearl Harbour”. Way too much information in the book to remain neutral or conventional in my viewpoints.

    You start adding what Sybil Edmonds was talking about in London a few days ago, and the picture really starts getting even uglier than I could have believed, and what I really don’t want to believe. I want to stick my fingers in my ears and go la-la-la-la and head out to the golf course (Great game even if it is environmentally unfriendly a lot of the time). It just gets scarier and scarier. Too many people in the FBI and other places have confirmed too much of her story to discard it as fantasy or attention seeking.

    And impeaching cheney IS key! With no executive privilege, enough will come out to maybe, MAYBE, clean our country up enough for me to respect our government again. But it has to start with Cheney. It should be a slam dunk, with him ordering Valery Plame-Wilson’s outing, which is treason as you said, but WTF is stopping Congress? That might be the scandal to beat all scandals.

    Two draft horses and a tootsie roll pop for your diary today!

    • plf515 on January 8, 2008 at 19:38

    We can do no better than to read, or listen, to Barbara Jordan.  I have, nevertheless, tried to annotate her magnificent speech:

    Barbara Jordan

    gave this humdinger of a speech as a freshman (!!!!) on the House Judiciary committee in 1974.  The speech is in the public domain, and I have interspersed a few comments, with apologies for interrupting the flow of her glorious prose.

          I join in thanking you for giving the junior members of this committee the glorious opportunity of sharing the pain of this inquiry.  Mr. Chairman, you are a strong man and it has not been easy but we have tried as best we can to give you as much assistance as possible.

    A glorious opportunity to share pain!  


        Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, “We, the people.”  It is a very eloquent beginning.  But when the document was completed on the seventeenth of September 1787 I was not included in that “We, the people.”  I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake.  But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

    We are all WE THE PEOPLE

          Today, I am an inquisitor; I believe hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate the solemnness that I feel right now.  My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.  I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.

    THIS is the question we should be asking ourselves and our representatives.  Are we going to sit here and be idle spectators?

          …The subject of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men.  That is what we are talking about.  In other words, the jurisdiction comes from the abuse or violation of some public trust.  It is wrong, I suggest, it is a misreading of the Constitution, for any member here to assert that for a member to vote for an article of impeachment means that that member must be convinced that the President should be removed from office.

          The Constitution doesn’t say that.  The powers relating to impeachment are an essential check in the hands of this body, the legislature, against and upon the encroachment of the Executive.  In establishing the division between the two branches of the legislature, the House and the Senate, assigning to the one the right to accuse and to the other the right to judge, the framers of this Constitution were very astute.  They did not make the accusers and the judges the same person.

    If this executive has not encroached, who has?  


       We know the nature of impeachment.  We have been talking about it awhile now.  It is chiefly designed for the President and his high ministers to somehow be called into account.  It is designed to “bridle” the Executive if he engages in excesses.  It is designed as a method of national inquest into the conduct of public men.  The framers confined in the Congress the power, if need be, to remove the President in order to strike a delicate balance between a President swollen with power and grown tyrannical and preservation of the independence of the Executive.  The nature of impeachment is a narrowly channeled exception to the separation of powers maxim; the federal convention of 1787 said that.  It limited impeachment to high crimes and misdemeanors and discounted and opposed the term, “maladministration.”  “It is to be used only for great misdemeanors,” so it was said in the North Carolina ratification convention.  And in the Virginia ratification convention:  “We need one branch to check the others.”

    We need one branch to check the others – oh so desperately do we need this!


        The North Carolina ratification convention:  “No one need to be afraid that officers who commit oppression will pass with immunity.

    Right now, I, and, I think, many others, are afraid.  

         “Prosecutions of impeachments will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community,” said Hamilton in the Federalist Papers, number 65.  “And to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused.”  I do not mean political parties in that sense.

          The drawing of political lines goes to the motivation behind impeachment; but impeachment must proceed within the confines of the constitutional term, “high crime and misdemeanors.”

          Of the impeachment process, it was Woodrow Wilson who said that “nothing short of the grossest offenses against the plain law of the land will suffice to give them speed and effectiveness.  Indignation so great as to overgrow party interest may secure a conviction; but nothing else can.”

          Common sense would be revolted if we engaged upon this process for petty reasons.  Congress has a lot to do:  Appropriations, tax reform, health insurance, campaign finance reform, housing, environmental protection, energy sufficiency, mass transportation.  Pettiness cannot be allowed to stand in the face of such overwhelming problems.  So today we are not being petty.  We are trying to be big, because the task we have before us is a big one.

          This morning, in a discussion of the evidence, we were told that the evidence which purports to support the allegations of misuse of the CIA by the President is thin.  We are told that that evidence is insufficient.  What that recital of the evidence this morning did not include is what the President did know on June 23, 1972.  The President did know that it was Republican money, that it was money from the Committee for the Re-election of the President, which was found in the possession of one of the burglars arrested on June 17.

          What the President did know on June 23 was the prior activities of E.  Howard Hunt, which included his participation in the break-in of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, which included Howard Hunt’s participation in the Dita Beard ITT affair, which included Howard Hunt’s fabrication of cables designed to discredit the Kennedy Administration.

          We were further cautioned today that perhaps these proceedings ought to be delayed because certainly there would be new evidence forthcoming from the President of the United States.  There has not even been an obfuscated indication that this committee would receive any additional materials from the President.  The committee subpoena is outstanding and if the President wants to supply that material, the committee sits here. The fact is that on yesterday, the American people waited with great anxiety for eight hours, not knowing whether their President would obey an order of the Supreme Court of the United States.

          At this point, I would like to juxtapose a few of the impeachment criteria with some of the President’s actions.

    OK, a lot of those paragraphs is focused on the particular case at issue then: Nixon and Watergate.


        Impeachment criteria:  James Madison, from the Virginia ratification convention.  “If the President be connected in any suspicious manner with any person and there is grounds to believe that he will shelter him, he may be impeached.”

    Has Bush done this?  Is there any possible doubt that he has?


     We have heard time and time again that the evidence reflects payment to the defendants of money.  The President had knowledge that these funds were being paid and that these were funds collected for the 1972 presidential campaign.  We know that the President met with Mr. Henry Petersen twenty-seven times to discuss matters related to Watergate, and immediately thereafter met with the very persons who were implicated in the information Mr. Petersen was receiving and transmitting to the President.  The words are, “If the President be connected in any suspicious manner with any person and there be grounds to believe that he will shelter that person, he may be impeached.”

          Justice Story:  “Impeachment is intended for occasional and extraordinary cases where a superior power acting for the whole people is put into operation to protect their rights and rescue their liberties from violations.”

    Protect our rights and rescue our liberties from violations.   DO IT NOW!

          We know about the Houston plan.  We know about the break-in of the psychiatrist’s office.  We know that there was absolute, complete direction in August 1971 when the President instructed Ehrilichman to “do whatever is necessary.”  This instruction led to a surreptitious entry into Dr.  Fielding’s office.  “Protect their rights.”  “Rescue their liberties from violation.”

          The South Carolina ratification convention impeachment criteria:  Those are impeachable “who behave amiss or betray their public trust.”

    Behave amiss or betray trust?  Is there the slightest doubt?  

          Beginning shortly after the Watergate break-in and continuing to the present time, the President has engaged in a series of public statements and actions designed to thwart the lawful investigation by government prosecutors.  Moreover, the President has made public announcements and assertions bearing on the Watergate case which the evidence will show he knew to be false.  These assertions, false assertions; impeachable, those who misbehave.  Those who “behave amiss or betray their public trust.”

          James Madison, again at the constitutional convention:  “A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.”

    Subvert the constitution?  Again, is there any doubt?


        The Constitution charges the President with the task of taking care that the laws be faithfully executed, and yet the President has counseled his aides to commit perjury, willfully disregarded the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, concealed surreptitious entry, attempted to compromise a federal judge while publicly displaying his cooperation with the process of criminal justice.  “A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.”

    The laws are NOT being faithfully executed; and this president is doing all that Nixon did to so aggrieve Rep. Jordan.


      If the impeachment provision in the Constitution of the United States will not reach the offenses charged here, then perhaps that eighteenth century Constitution should be abandoned to a twentieth century paper shredder.

    Shall we?  Shall we consign the constitution to a paper shredder?  Should we allow our country to be destroyed?

         Has the President committed offenses and planned and directed and acquiesced in a course of conduct which the Constitution will not tolerate?  This is the question.  We know that.  We know the question.

          We should now forthwith proceed to answer the question.

          It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.

          Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

    THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is a SPEECH.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of a representative carrying out her sacred duties to here constituents.

    And that speech, by (I repeat) a FRESHMAN in the House, effectively answers every critique thrown at the impeachment argument.  It is not about votes.  It is not about politics. It is not about elections.  It is a glorious opportunity to share pain; it is about not consigning the constitution to the shredder

    I yield back the balance of my time

  3. Robert Wexler is soliciting money to get his demand for impeachment advertised all over the internet. He’s up to almost 190,000 signatures on his petition and I sent him a few $$$ this morning. It’s way past the time to start impeachment hearings, but better late than never!!! Impeach now!!!

  4. I don’t know what this election will bring but it surely makes it clear that the political will exists. The grassroots are even more agitated about restoring the rule of law. My state is liberal for the most part, and grumbling abound at the local town halls and county meetings. All pols just want to be elected it’s up to us to not let them sweep this under the rug, and continue down their merry way kicking out the foundations. So we will need to yell louder at this lot too.  

    • OPOL on January 8, 2008 at 21:06

    time to step up our cries for justice.  There’s no time like the present.

    IMPEACH them all!

  5. IMPEACHMENT is the first stop to return to the rule of the law and the only thing on earth that will turn this country around, IMHO.

    There are some signs of greater hopefulness.  The media, bless it’s f…g self, is starting to open up and letting the “Joe Blow” public in on what’s been going on — ON TV!

    I’ll post information on one video and the actual video on the other here — both of which everyone should listen to fully (warms the cockles of one’s heart it does)!

    The first will have quotes of George McGovern’s dynamic letter, talk about Nadler, Ray McGovern and Robert Wexler in it.

    See Time for Cheney Impeachment Hearings?

    next is Jack Cafferty (The Cafferty File) on Wolf Blitzer — CNN (unreal).

    Starting with the viewed on TV protestors in the Rose Parade, the WexlerWantsHearings votes and right on up — THINGS ARE LOOKING BETTER!

    But we need to be very wary of Bush and Cheney right now.  Bush is over in the Middle East right now visiting heads of state

    . . . .Bush, also touring several Arab nations, will adress more than the role they can play in encouraging reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. He also will explain his vision for democracy in Iraq and his concern about the potential security threat posed by Iran. . . .

    I think you get the drift! Doubt as Bush set to visit Mideast

    and Pakistan is also a concern Military Not Welcome in Pakistan: Army

    IMPEACHMENT is of the essence — Bush and Cheney are going for the “last hurrah” and will take the last buck they can get their hands on — and, as before, no deaths will be barred!

  6. impeach cheney…..

    impeach bush……

    if it does not happen pay attention to withholds support….

    this should be interesting….

    complicity is so complex……

    • Edger on January 8, 2008 at 22:01

    arrest both Cheney and Bush, drag them in chains out of the WH down the street to the Capitol, and shackle them to the wall in the old jail in the basement?

    Impeachment hearings? Bah! Why waste all that time and money?

    Take about an hour to read them their rights, read the evidence out to the court, and be done with it.

    Then send them to Guantanamo Bay where they’ll be nice and secure, where people are happy and smiling, because…

    “Thye’re living in the tropics… They’ve got everything they could possibly want.”

    — Dick Cheney

    An hour. It’s about all the time they’re worth….

    • KrisC on January 8, 2008 at 22:54

    to bring impeachment to the house floor…

  7. Guess what is so totally absurd about the funky blues when you are traveling a really hard road and stuff happens and you think……”Fuck it, I can’t do any of this anymore……who cares….I’m just going to shove my head right up my ass and become an American Consumer or something fucking simple for a change!”  It’s what is on the other side of staring the abyss in the face and being sucked into the blackhole of hell and then wake up the next day and oatmeal still tastes pretty good with a little brown sugar and butter.  I say that we all need to head to Mardi Gras to improve the economic future of New Orleans and make sure that sin survives Katrina there and on the way…….let’s impeach some fuckers!

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