Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Raising the Bar on Impeachment

I've long maintained that the Clinton impeachment was pure politics, undertaken with only one goal in mind: Raising the bar so high that subsequent Democratic congresses would wither under the wingnut attacks that they were impeaching a Rethug president only to "get even" for them impeaching Clinton.

When you think about it, it's the only scenario that makes sense. They knew, after laying the groundwork by, for example, the excision of upwards of 90,000 black voters from the rolls in Florida and speeding up the privatization of the voting process by awarding voting machine contracts to Rethug enablers like Diebold, among other nefarious means, that their boy Georgie Porgie would be the next president. They knew that he would ride roughshod over the Constitution, that he would put industry executives in charge of regulating their own industries, that he would do everything he could -- both legally and illegally -- to enrich the already bulging coffers of the capitalist oligarchy.

They also knew that eventually Congress would say "enough" and try to impeach him.

By impeaching Clinton first, they could take the high ground and be able to point fingers at the Dems if they tried impeaching Chimpy. It's just retaliation, they would say. It's politics at its worst. Impeaching Clinton was an insurance policy against the eventuality that the Chimperor would come under the scrutiny of congress.

Sadly, it seems to have worked. Dennis Kucinich is pretty much alone in his crusade. No co-sponsors, no one with his back, no one even mouthing platitudes of vapid support.

I hope it will get "The I Word" out there anyway, and maybe start people thinking about the corruption and graft and greed and incompetence and pure evil that has signified this maladministration.

Impeachment now!


Anonymous said...

The time has come, people need to support this effort!

Anonymous said...

I've already got an "Impeach Bush" bumper sticker on my car. If somebody knows where I can get an "Impeach Cheney" one, I'll proudly fly it on the back of my car as well.

Farnsworth68 said...

You can always have one made at
That's where I got my "Vietnam Veteran Against Iraq War" sticker, and I'm about to get an "Impeach Cheney First" sticker for myself.
The usual disclaimers apply -- not a stockholder, not a relative, etc. I'm just a happy customer.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

Any "group" that has such a sewer surfing PR machine, that would mock a medal winning war Veteran, to elect a draft dodger, has no "bottom." They don't' live in the mud; they have to swim up to it. They will find a way to make a mountain of hay out of this impeachment business, IF it ever gets off the ground.

I have tagged you for "The Thinking Blogger's Award." If you wish to take part, please see this post to participate.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

Me again.

I screwed up the rules of The Thinking Blogger. It should have read:

Those who have been tagged, should now list five blogs that they themselves find makes them think, leave a comment on that person's blog telling them they have been tagged as well as also including a link to this post (Yours), so that people can easily find the origin of this award. I apologize for my error.

Anonymous said...

How do we organize letter writing parties and phone calling breaks?

Anonymous said...

There are now co-sponsors on Kucinich's filing of Articles of Impeachment of vp cheney

3 US Reps Support Cheney Impeachment
".....H Res 333, the bill introducing Articles of Impeachment against Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, now has two co-sponsors, for a total of 3 current total supporters, including sponsor US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

The two cosponsors are US Reps. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL). APN currently has press requests in to both Offices since this morning but has not heard back yet; check back here for updates on their comments.

US Reps. Clay and Schakowsky were early cosponsors of US Rep. Conyers’s (D-MI) former bill, H Res. 635, in the last, or 109th, Congressional Session. Conyers’s bill had been introduced December 18, 2005. The first round of cosponsors appeared on December 22, 2005. Clay and Schakowsky had been part of the second round of cosponsors appearing on January 31, 2006.

The cosponsorships are significant for a number of reasons. First, it shows there is more than one Member of Congress willing to entertain real accountability for the Bush Administration, despite the insistence of US Rep. Pelosi that impeachment is off the table.

Also, this bill is calling for actual Articles of Impeachment for Cheney, unlike the last bill which not only was related to Mr. Bush, but created an investigative committee to look into possible impeachment rather than providing for actual possible impeachment.

Therefore, cosponsorships on H Res 333 have even more weight than those which were listed on H Res 635 last Session....."

Clay co-sponsors resolution to impeach Cheney
WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay is co-sponsoring a measure that calls for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.
The St. Louis Democrat is one of two House members to sign onto the resolution. The other co-sponsor is Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill.

The measure was introduced last month by Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who is also waging a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is not expected to get far, even in a Congress controlled by Democrats.

In a statement, Clay said he agreed to co-sponsor the resolution at the urging of his constituents.

"I believe that Mr. Cheney deliberately manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the Congress of the United States and the American people," Clay said. "The arrogant abuse of power and the complete disregard for the truth needs to stop."

Last year, Clay was one of 33 Democrats to co-sponsor a resolution seeking to investigate grounds for impeaching President Bush.

Clay has been a prominent critic of the White House's handling of the Iraq war. He called Bush an "incompetent chickenhawk" in a 2006 speech.

Kucinich's resolution claims Cheney manipulated intelligence "to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq."