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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

VT House Impeachment Moves US


The other day news reverberated around the country that Vermont’s Senate valiantly passed a resolution in support of impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. While there are those who debate the merits of such actions as being frivolous since according to them state legislative policy has nothing to do about national politics, I whole heartedly refute that notion. But when Congress fails to do its duty and protect the Constitution it is necessary for citizens to call on their legislature to urge action.

Knowing the importance of the issue, Vermont Senate President Pro-Tem Peter Shumlin responded to the call and listened to the people, unlike the lack of action by Vermont’s Freshman U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders who once remarked that there is no difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and now that the tide has turned he now mocks anyone who says those same words. Vermont’s freshman Congressman Peter Welch does not spare much better, since he campaigned solely on attacking President Bush. So my advice to him would be to start acting because so far his bark is definitely worse than his bite and that succumbing to the whims of Nancy Pelosi and the party line is a path of defeatism.

Except for the hearings of Senator Leahy, the Vermont Congressional delegation and all the other states(I must add) are failing to protect our constitution and that is where we need leadership. The Vermont House will embark on another historic day tomorrow and I hope that it begins a full scale domino effect onto the United States Congress and resolves that justice be served.

Impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney are the most prevailing issue facing national politics today and it’s imperative that we as a nation speak out against the deceitful ways of our executive branch. At a time in our nation’s history when we have a populace struggling to pay for health care, school communities are forced to slash budgets and more and more workers are unemployed we have a Presidential administration that is more inclined to lie to the public and wage preemptive war against other nations. The country is being bankrupted by their failed policies while our towns and communities are struggling to pay for health care and education for our youth.

Tomorrow, despite hesitancy from Vermont’s Speaker of the House Gaye Symington the Vermont House will finally have it’s chance to chime in on the debate. Here in Montpelier, it shall be an interesting show and I hope it expresses Vermont’s prerogative to begin healing the nation from the treachery of George Bush and Dick Cheney. So as word stretches to all corners of the country that despite the chicken-hawk leadership of Nancy Pelosi, people in large quantities support impeachment of the President, and Vermont is leading the way foward.

While the mainstream media probably ignored the topic of the day and rather focused on the Virginia Tech shooting or the Don Imus story, Representative Kucinich introduced Articles of Impeachment on Dick Cheney. Kucinich not a darling of the media and for that little or no attention was given to the issue; however that does not remove the validity of it. The Rupert Murdoch’s of the world and the Democratic Leadership appear not to want a see a serious look into the crimes of the President since it is evident they are just as responsible for being their loyal lap dogs to their criminal acts.

I was taught that our democracy is “We the People,” and that it is why the unitary executive authority of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney must be removed from office. The powers of the Constitution are what make this country great and pre-emptive bombing on other countries in order to dominate the world’s oil reserves is criminal. Impeach the liars; otherwise “We the People” is dead.

Peace
Robb Kidd

The following words are from Dennis Kucinich addressing the media in regards to the Articles of Impeachment of Dick Cheneey April 24, 2007.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that, among these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the government; and, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.



These words from the Declaration of Independence are instructive at this moment. Because not only whenever any form of government, but whenever any government official becomes destructive of the founding purposes, that official or those officials must be held accountable.

“Because I believe the vice president's conduct of office has been destructive to the founding purposes of our nation. Today, I have introduced House Resolution 333, Articles of Impeachment Relating to Vice President Richard B. Cheney. I do so in defense of the rights of the American people to have a government that is honest and peaceful.

"It became obvious to me that this vice president, who was a driving force for taking the United States into a war against Iraq under false pretenses, is once again rattling the sabers of war against Iran with the same intent to drive America into another war, again based on false pretenses.

“Let me cite from the articles of impeachment that were introduced this afternoon, Article I, that Richard Cheney had purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the 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 in a manner damaging to our national security.

“That despite all evidence to the contrary, the vice president actively and systematically sought to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States about an alleged threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

“That preceding the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the vice president was fully informed that no legitimate evidence existed of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The vice president pressured the intelligence community to change their findings to enable the deception of the citizens and the Congress of the United States.

“That in this the vice president subverted the national security interests of the United States by setting the stage for the loss of more than 3,300 United States service members and the loss of 650,000 Iraqi citizens since the United States invasion; the loss of approximately $500 billion in war costs, which has increased our federal debt; the loss of military readiness within the United States armed services, through an overextension and lack of training and lack of equipment; and the loss of United States credibility in the world affairs and decades of likely blowback created by the invasion of Iraq.

That with respect to Article II, that Richard Cheney manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida in order to justify the use of United States armed forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security.

“And that, despite all evidence to the contrary, the vice president actively and systematically sought to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida.

“That preceding to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the vice president was fully informed that no credible evidence existed of a working relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida, a fact articulated in several official documents.

“With respect to Article III, that in his conduct while vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran, absent any real threat to the United States, and has done so with the United States's proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security interests of the United States.

“That despite no evidence that Iran has the intention or the capability of attacking the United States, and despite the turmoil created by the United States's invasion of Iraq, the vice president has openly threatened aggression against Iran.

“Furthermore, I point out in the articles that Article VI of the United States Constitution states, and I quote, "This Constitution and the laws of the United States shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made or which shall be made under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land. Any provision of an international treaty ratified by the United States becomes the law of the United States."

“The United States is signatory to the U.N. Charter, a treaty among the nations of the world. Article II, Section 4 of the United Nations Charter states, and I quote, ‘All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.’

“The articles conclude by pointing out that the vice president's deception upon the citizens and the Congress of the United States that enabled the failed United States invasion of Iraq forcibly altered the rules of diplomacy so that the vice president recent belligerent actions toward Iran are destabilizing and counterproductive to the national security of the United States of America.

“These articles of impeachment are not brought forth lightly. I've carefully weighed the options available to members of Congress and found this path the path that is the most important to take.

“The justifications used to lead our nation to war have unquestionably been disproved. Brave soldiers and innocent civilians have lost their lives in a war the United States should never have initiated. The weight of the lies used to lead us into war has grown heavier with each death. Now is the time for Congress to examine the actions that led us into this war, just as we must work to bring the troops home. This resolution is a very serious matter, and I will urge the Committee on Judiciary to investigate and carefully consider this resolution.

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