The American people (and I) have disapproved of President Bush's actions for several years. However, his insistence to send more troops to Iraq after the voters' clear message opposing it in the 2006 elections, sent his approval rating to new lows. Two-thirds of the country now disapproves of his actions.
"The mass of men serve the state ... as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the ... marshals, jailers, ... etc. In most cases there is no free exercise ... of the moral sense. ... Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ... and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, ... and men, serve the state with their consciences."
Henry Thoreau, On Civil Disobedience, 1849
The magnitude of our discontent with the president is hidden by the mainstream media, who don't report what they don't want known. For example, when 100,000 people marched on the Capital in DC on September 15, 2007 to protest the Iraq War, no mainstream media reported it. Nor has there been much coverage of the three-year, nation-wide movement calling for the impeachment of the president and vice president.
Now after two years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has permitted a vote on sending the Articles of Impeachment (charges of wrong doing) to a committee hearing (the first step). So, the House voted 251-166 on 16 July to send Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment for President Bush to the Judiciary Committee for hearings. Not surprisingly, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the nation’s television news organizations ignored this. (By the way, 9 Republicans voted for it.)
Among the charges are:
* Misleading the American people and members of Congress to believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, to manufacture a false case for the Iraq War
* Invading Iraq without a Declaration of War
* Establishment of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq
* Initiating the Iraq War for control of Iraq's oil
* Providing immunity from prosecution for Defense contractors crimes in Iraq
* Secretly authorizing, and encouraging the use of torture against captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places, as official policy
* Kidnapping people and taking them to nations known to practice torture
* Misleading Congress and the American people about threats from Iran and supporting terrorist organizations within Iran dedicated to overthrow Iran's government
* Creating secret laws by the issuance of secret legal opinions from the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel
* Making it possible for the US military to be used inside the US in violation of the US Constitution
* Spying on American citizens, without a court-ordered warrant, in violation of the law and the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution
* Directing telecommunications companies to create an illegal and unconstitutional database of private telephone numbers and emails of American citizens
* Failing to enforce laws passed by Congress through the use of "signing statements" (legal declarations about how he will or will not enforce these laws)
* Failing to comply with Congressional subpoenas (orders to appear and testify before Congress as provided in the US Constitution) and instructing former employees not to comply
* Repeatedly ignoring and failing to respond to high level intelligence warnings of planned terrorist attacks in the US, prior to September 11, 2001
* Obstruction of the investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001
"Whether Republican or Democrat, all Americans should be absolutely outraged over what the Bush administration has done. How dare they do what they did?"
Vincent Bugliosi, attorney and author
in his testimony to the Committee, Friday, July 25
"The rule of law is the nation’s civic religion. And the founding fathers fashioned impeachment as a remedy for attacks against the Constitution."
Bruce Fein, attorney
in his testimony to the Committee, Friday, July 25
"You may not be able to finish the task , but you certainly can start the task, which will send an important signal not just to this president, but to future presidents."
Elizabeth Holtzman, former Congresswoman from New York and two-term district attorney in Brooklyn
in her testimony to the Committee, Friday, July 25
A vote for impeachment will send a strong message to President Bush and Vice President Cheney that they will not be allowed to continue overstepping of their power and thus possibly avoid a war with Iran. Impeachment will also stand as a warning to future presidents that their power is limited.
Tonight, Wednesday, July 30, is the deadline. (I apologize for the short notice, but I just found out about it.) Go to http://www.Kucinich.us
now and sign the impeachment petition that will be delivered to the Judiciary Committee personally by Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Then email all your friends and family and have them do the same.