ImpeachmentWatch Day 9 (2008-06-18)

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke

Welcome to Day 9 of ImpeachmentWatch™, your daily diary that tracks Impeachment, whether the Mainstream Media covers it or not.  

The Nuremberg Trials were a series of trials most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military and economic leadership of Nazi Germany.

The indictments were for:
1. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of crime against peace
2. Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace
3. War crimes
4. Crimes against humanity
 

 

 

 

 

Impeachment Video of the Day

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Recent Highlights

I believe we should let George Bush get away with breaking the law because the attempt to hold him accountable isn’t realistic.

Rep. Kucinich: I think that this resolution is seen as an opportunity for a re-establishment of the imbalance of power which has happened over the last six years in this country since 9-11, where the President, through deception, has seized enormous amounts of power and has diminished the role of the legislative branch through deception. This gives Congress an opportunity to re-establish itself as a co-equal branch of government, providing an effective check and balance to executive abuse of power. This is what the founders anticipated in putting in the Constitution, in seven different places, the impeachment power and in making the House the sole guardian of that power. And so this is really an attempt to re-establish democratic governance, have the principle of accountability and the rule of law made central again to our public affairs and to take America, return America to a condition of true democracy.

Impeaching, removing and convicting these guys is the safest approach. Covering up their crimes – which Congress is currently doing – is like telling a terrorist that we won’t spill the beans on his last terrorist attack if he doesn’t blow us up . . . an approach which will backfire and lead to more terrorism.

Disclosing their crimes, taking away their ability to carry out further mischief, taking away their base of power, and imprisoning them is the way to protect ourselves.

But no one did. Even when Democrats retook the House and Senate, the first thing they did was declare – almost pridefully – that “impeachment was off the table.” It was like a fire chief announcing that “response to house fires is off the table,” or a district attorney declaring that “rape prosecutions are off the table.”

Rep. Wexler: It is a dark day when the Sun-Sentinel has the gall to tell the parents of the soldiers who have died in Iraq that pursuing consequences for those who prosecuted this war of choice based on outright deception is not a “real” issue that Congress should address.

Chairman? Chairman Conyers? You can stop cowering now. It’s safe to come out from under the table. Sure, there were a few grumpy and screaming voices out there, but mostly there was silence. The corporate media does not want to take on this issue and will not be able to handle its actual existence the way it handles the threat of impeachment proceedings. If impeachment hearings get underway, the corporate media will have to deal with the substance of the charges. It will be impossible to simply avoid the matter or treat it dismissively. You know the substance of the charges as well as anyone, but apparently you have not considered what all that information could accomplish.

The blogs are alive with the sound of Impeachment. The notices are rolling into my computer faster than I can open them, sign them and send them out to friends or family. That’s called activism, pushing back against this destructive force called Bush.

“We have seen in this very election cycle how the mobilized masses, with Black America as their indispensable animating force, can ‘flip the script’ on the Powers That Be,” wrote Ms. McKinney, who stressed the timeliness of action pointing out that the Administration’s crimes are ongoing. “The time is now for us to do it again.”

Upon hearing the 35 pages of crimes committed by Bush, Pelosi and Reid fell into hysterical laughter at the prospect that any Congressman or Senator would pretend to do their jobs. Issuing a joint statement in response to Kucinich, they said, “What does he think this Congress is going to do, work? Fulfill the will of the people? He has lost site of our real purpose as leaders. Our job is not to conduct oversight on illegal presidential acts. It is not our position to investigate these truths. We will let history judge the president and us. We can’t waste time on matters of importance.” Pelosi then excused herself

saying she had more pressing issues such as “naming new Post Offices” to deal with.

I think, perhaps, we are focusing on issues of impeachment through the wrong end of the telescope. We keep asking: how might this, potentially, negatively affect our Dems in the coming election cycle. Maybe we should turn the telescope around, for a wide-angle perspective, and ask: how might impeachment negatively affect every Republican running for office in the upcoming election?

The alternative is to give Bush, Cheney and others in their administration a pass — a “get out of jail free” card. If we were to issue that now, regardless of what they might do in the seven months they still have in office, they’d have free rein to operate outside the law.

Kucinich read his articles on June 10. The next day, I received a call from a reader baffled why there was nothing in the paper about it. The wire services barely bothered with it. The media considers it a nonissue and so does the House.

The Speaker’s excuses are frivolous. One does not agree to remain complicit with tyranny on the illusion fact finding might be divisive. Division is the intent of the Framers: To ensure power is not centralized, and divided. Pelosi supports centralizing unchecked power under tyranny.

Rep. Kucinich: “If we wait, we’re licensing further abuses of power. There’s been broad concern that this administration could attack Iran. Why should we give them the opening to do so by failing to challenge the lies that they told that took us into war with Iraq?” he asked. “We cannot wait for after the election. We don’t know what could happen in the next six months with respect to a further erosion of our democratic process. And what the impeachment process would do would be to have a chilling effect on further abuses of the Constitution and on creating another war.”

For this blackout to be broken, Progressive Democrats of America, Move On and every other progressive group need to call for Senator Obama to publicly call for Impeachment. Make it clear that if he does not do so, right now, that they will publicly withdraw support from Senator Obama and publicly support Cynthia McKinney and/or Ralph Nader. We need to make the same case for every politician running: that if they do not support Kucinich that we will publicly not support them and will indeed support any Independent that runs against them, now and in the future.

The more Bush’s dirty laundry is aired for all to see, the worse John McCain will do in November. The fact that John McCain supported the very things Bush could be impeached for should tell Democrats that going forward against Bush is great strategy.

The limitation of the period of his service, was not a sufficient security…He might lose his capacity after his appointment. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers…In the case of the Executive Magistracy which was to be administered by a single man, loss of capacity or corruption was more within the compass of probable events, and either of them might be fatal to the Republic.” – James Madison, July 20, 1787, at the Constitutional Convention which made provision for impeachment

   “There’s a way to bring an end to those practices, you know: vote the bums out…That’s how our system is designed.” – Barack Obama, June 28, 2007, on impeachment

That’s not how our system is designed.

The promise of another election was not enough to stop an Executive from abusing power in James Madison’s opinion but unfortunately, the Democratic candidate for president, much of the Democratic Party, and its constituents find the promise to be enough. And incidentally, it has never been enough.

“The system should be designed so that the two parties are so similar the people can ‘throw the bums out’ at anytime, without a substantial change in policy.” — Carrol Quigley

Vital Links

Full Text of the Articles of Impeachment (PDF)

Full Text Version of the Articles of Impeachment (TXT)

List of the Articles of Impeachment (TXT)

Entire Kucinich Impeachment Video (complete) [thanks to cspanjunkie]

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

“Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for’. I agree with the second part” — Seven

Mainstream Story Counts

front pages as of 10:00 am PST – 2008-06-18

CNN.com: 0

FoxNews.com: 0

MSNBC.com: 0

Google News: 0

Reuters: 0

AP: 0

Google News Search: Impeachment: 5,277 – (29)

Number of Days until Rep. Kucinich plans to re-introduce the 35 Articles of Impeachment: 21

Current Co-Sponsers: Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19], Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6], Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9]

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Daily Impeachment Tracker

Day 9 – 2008-06-18

ADS: Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D) N. Dakota, Considers Bush’s Crimes Relatively Unimportant, Opposes Impeachment

OEN: Support Rep. Kucinich’s and the Articles of Impeachment Against George Bush

BLACKAGENDAREPORT: Cynthia McKinney’s Call to Action in Support of Dennis Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment Against Bush

BLACKAGENDAREPORT: Freedom Rider: 35 Crimes

ATLANTICFREEPRESS: When is doing the right thing – the wrong thing?

Day 8 – 2008-06-17

ADS: Hastings Won’t Impeach for Known Impeachable Offenses, Klein Won’t Worry His Head Over Whether There Are Impeachable Offenses

ADS: Brattleboro Reformer Editorializes for Impeachment

ADS: McKinney Says People Must ‘Flip the Script” Again, Urges Mass Mobilization Supporting Impeachment

HERALDBULLETIN: Never too late to impeach

VENTURACOUNTYSTAR: Impeach Bush, Cheney

ADS: Impeachment on MTV

ADS: Bush Greeted With Cries for Impeachment in Rome, Italy

CONSORTIUMNEWS: Kucinich Comments on Impeachment

OEN: I Thought We Didn’t Negotiate With Terrorists

Day 7 – 2008-06-16

ADS: Ducking Impeachment in Congress and the Newsroom

ADS: Philadelphia Inquirer Editorializes on Impeachment

ADS: Wiretapping: Impeachment Not Immunity

ADS: CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS SPURS BETTY HALL TO TAKE PETITION TO COMMENCE IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURES TO NH STATE SENATE

ADS: Audio of Questioning of Senator Byron Dorgan About Impeachment (audio)

COURANT: Courant Quiet On Impeachment

ADS: PLEASE SUPPORT CONGRESSMEN ROBERT WEXLER and DENNIS KUCINICH

ADS: Impeachment vs. ‘get out of jail free’ card for Bush, Cheney

ADS: LAW SCHOOL TO ORGANIZE BUSH WAR CRIMES TRIAL

STATESMANJOURNAL: The case for impeaching President Bush

Day 6 – 2008-06-15

ADS: Is Fascism an Impeachable Offense?

ADS: It’s Just Plame Impeachable

METROWEST: Greene: Clear reasons for impeachment

OEN: You Can’t Take a Poll to Decide if the Law Should Be Enforced

AZSTARNET: In support of the call for impeachment

GATHER: To Impeach or Not to Impeach, That is the Question

Day 5 – 2008-06-14

WSWS: Kucinich, the Democrats and the impeachment of Bush

JAVNO: NO INVESTIGATION: Kucinich Impeachment Proposal Refused Due To Fear

IPP: Cindy Sheehan criticizes Pelosi for not supporting impeachment

OEN: Questions for Obama: WHERE do you stand on IMPEACHMENT?  Is it “Off the Table” for YOU too?

OEN: Going Out With A Bang

OEN: POLL: Is the news media doing it’s job?

OEN: Please write to Gwen Ifill: 35 Articles of Impeachment Censored

PEOPLES VOICE: ‘George W. Bush has gotten away with murder’

ADS: Cindy Sheehan: Why Not, Nancy?

ADS: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler takes issue with editorial on impeachment

CONCORD MONITOR: Impeach Bush

OEN: Followup Letter to Congress: Impeach

35 Reasons to Call (202) 225-5126

TMPCAFE: Your DA, State AG Must Prosecute This Sitting President

TMPCAFE: President Must Be Prosecuted For Directing Illegal FBI Information Warfare For Political Objectives

CELEBRITYSATIRE: Congress Responds to Kucinich Impeachment Bill (satire)

Day 4 – 2008-06-13

PROGRESSIVE: It’s Conyers’s Time to Act on Impeachment

DEMOCRACY NOW: Despite Opposition from His Own Party, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich Vows to Continue Impeachment Effort Against Bush (video/audio)

ADS: Veterans For Peace deliver 23,000 impeachment petitions to House Judiciary Chair Conyers

ADS: Bush Tried to Destroy Medicare

PACKET: Bush actions merit impeachment

SPOKESMAN REVIEW: Why no coverage of impeachment debate?

DESERT SUN: The Bush administration: Is impeachment coming?

BUZZFLASH: Dennis Kucinich Says He’s Not Giving Up on Impeachment: Morality and the Law Require It.

VENTURA COUNTY STAR: Your letters: Time to Impeach

NEWS MINER: Impeachment is Extremely Significant

ONLINE JOURNAL: Kucinich vows new round of impeachment articles against Bush if measure dies

ONLINE JOURNAL: The blogs are alive with the sound of Impeachment!

TPMCAFE: House Must Preemptively Impeach Bush On Iran

DKOS: Instructions: How to make an Impeachment Pie

DKOS: Bush Impeachment Polls

TPMCAFE: Evidence Showing Pelosi Must Recuse Herself On Impeachment

Day 3 – 2008-06-12

STARTRIBUNE: Animals aloft are a sign that impeachment might fly

RAWSTORY: O’Reilly, Kucinich spar over impeachment, unite on gas prices (video)

ADS: Dennis Kucinich on the Urban Journal (audio)

ADS: Obama Must Learn From Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment: Election Theft is Real

RAWSTORY: Cafferty: Why won’t Congress consider impeachment? (video)

DEMOCRATS.COM: Impeachment Cosponsors Wanted!

ALTERNET: Kucinich’s Mammoth Case for Impeaching Bush

DETROIT FREE PRESS: President’s misdeeds go on record

OEN: Has Kucinich Exposed the Dems Complicity?

TPMCAFE: President Must Be Impeached to Forever Deny Him Any Pardons

DKOS: The 35 Articles of Impeachment

SENTINAL: Why Impeachment Is Good Electoral Strategy

DKOS: TELL PELOSI: Bush impeachment polls as high as Nixon when he resigned

Day 2 – 2008-06-11

WAPO: Kucinich Vows to Keep Up Impeachment Fight

CNN: Kucinich effort to impeach Bush kicked into limbo

RAWSTORY: Kucinich: Judiciary Committee must begin review of impeachment articles

ADS: Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) Supports Effort to Impeach President Bush

BLOG: Americans Want Bush Impeached Far More Than They Ever Supported Clinton Impeachment

TRUTHDIG: Gore Vidal’s Article of Impeachment

DEMOCRATS.COM: PETITION: Put Kucinich on Meet the Press

TMPCAFE: Speaker Must Be Removed For Her Illegal Position on Impeachment Investigation

DKOS: My letter to Conyers addressing his “5 points against impeachment” – and how you can help

Day 1 – 2008-06-10

COUNTDOWN: Olbermann on ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT (video)

DKOS: I believe we should let George Bush get away with breaking the law because…

RAWSTORY: Mainstream media yawns as Kucinich offers impeachment

DEMOCRATS.COM: Impeachment: Where Olbermann, Turley, and Fineman Are Wrong

DEMOCRATS.COM: Full Text of Articles of Impeachment

DKOS: Wexler Co-Sponsors First Bush Articles of Impeachment

DKOS: The Purpose of Impeachment

DKOS: Why there is time and reason for impeachment of Bush

DKOS:

DKOS: Five reasons Impeachment is never too late

Day 0 – 2008-06-09

RAWSTORY: Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles (video)

Pre-Impeachment

ALTERNET: Colbert says Impeach Bush now or you’re a bunch of pussies… (video)

MSNBC: Poll: Do you believe President Bush’s actions justify impeachment?89% YES, 700,218 votes

RAWSTORY: Murtha revises: Impeachment is ‘on the table’

ALTERNET: Why Is Impeachment Important? (video)

ALTERNET: George McGovern Calls for Bush and Cheney’s Impeachment

ALTERNET: Olbermann & Maddow: Why Are Democrats Afraid to Impeach Cheney? (video)

ALTERNET: Obama and Clinton believe accountability is “off the table.”

ADS: If the People Want Impeachment, Why Can’t it Happen?

TIMESNEWS: The President “serves at our pleasure” and I’m not pleased

DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND: International Justice: The World Has its Eye on George W. Bush

PBS: Moyers: Tough Talk on Impeachment (video)

How to Help

We need to put serious pressure on Conyers, Pelosi and the rest of the House Judiciary. FAX them. A fax, unlike a voicemail or an email, is a physical piece of paper that CANNOT BE IGNORED or easily deleted. Use FaxZero to send 2 free faxes everyday. [h/t Randgrithr]

Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4188

Harry Reid: 202-224-7327

Jerrold Nadler: 202-225-6923

John Conyers: 202-225-0072

Sending them the List of the Articles of Impeachment might not be a bad idea.  Maybe they just haven’t had a chance to read the list yet. Or maybe they’d like the complete text.  

Be the change that you want to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi

Cafferty File: It’s time to IMPEACH Bush and Cheney

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