In the last few days I have been receiving a lot of slack from people who feel that as if I have been hanging my Congressional Representative out to dry. Just to give some credit where it is due, I am much happier with Congressman Peter Welch’s representation than I am of my former Representative Scott Garrett (NJ’s 5th district) where every response seemed to be mimeographed from the Republican Party playbook; however the fundamentally question is weather Congress is upholding the Constitution still has not been answered. While it does seem to be step up from what I had previously experienced it still does not make it acceptable that Congressman Welch does not want to answer the call of duty and support articles of impeachment. Congressman Kucinich of Ohio has entered articles of impeachment against Vice-President Cheney and so far ten other Congressman have followed suit. In the State of Vermont, where numerous towns passed resolutions in support of impeachment and so has the VT Senate the lone Vermont Congressman still fails to follow suit. The claim that it would be a waste of time or that it does not matter since the US Senate or other members of the House do not support the measure sets a dangerous precedent that will allow future presidents to do as they fell fit. So when I read statements from other elected officials declaring their dismay of the President I am dismayed that many others haven’t followed suit. The following are words from Senator Barbara Boxer of California and not of Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers or Russ Feingold. I've always said that you need to keep it on the table, and you need to look at these things, because now people are dying because of this administration. That's the truth. And they won't change course. They are ignoring the Congress. They keep signing these signing statements which mean that he's decided not to enforce the law. This is as close as we've ever come to a dictatorship. When you have a situation where Congress is stepped on, that means the American people are stepped on. So I don't think you can take anything off the table. Because in fact the Constitution doesn't permit us to take these things off the table.
And compare that to the weak statements by Congressman Peter Welch in a recent email: From last November's elections, to public opinion polls, to the comments I hear from Vermonters every single day, the voice of the American people is loud and it is clear: it is time to end this war. No, it is well past time to end this war. Since the President refuses to act, Congress must.
Since the President refuses, Congress must make it clear that the United States will not maintain permanent military bases in Iraq.
Since the President refuses, Congress must denounce the use of torture and must finally close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
And since the President refuses, Congress must bring our troops home and ensure that they receive the care they deserve when they return.
What Congressman Welch and other Democratic Party hacks fail to realize is that the Constitution gives powers to Congress to redress these gripes against the Executive branch and by failing to use that prerogative he is allowing for this to become as “close as we've ever come to a dictatorship.”
So when I read statements such as “Since the President refuses to act, Congress must,” I am perplexed with the message. We the folks who feel that the President has violated laws and our constitution feel that the President refuses to act, so then therefore Congress must follow with impeachment, anything else is unacceptable and to me any Congressperson who fails to is at fault of not protecting the Constitution.
“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” Richard M. Nixon, so if we want to follow that route go ahead and not support impeachment.
PS. I will be away for the next week so, I will be out of touch with this virtual reality we call the internet, enjoy and when I return I visualize a great sea of change.