It's simple, its veto proof and it could happen this week. Read on:
I grew up in central Pennsylvania. Eisenhower's farm was 20 minutes from my house. It was a heavily Republican county. Ike was very popular. When I wore my "America needs Kennedy" button to school, kids made fun of me. I didn't understand how anyone could be opposed to what I thought were Democratic values: justice & equality for everyone. As an eight year old, that's all I could understand and its still all I need to understand today.
I can't believe it's almost fifty years later and the country is where it is. I offer this article by Alexander Cockburn as a reality check to those large clumps of readers here who are in denial. Concern troll me all you want but read the article, too:
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Seems one week every other recommended diary was about IMPEACHMENT discussing our fave axis of evil -
Fredo, Shooter and Junior;
then we have hearings with Fredo telling us either he can't remember or he'll get back to us on that or it's none of our business, and next thing you know our team (the Dems) decides it feels safer turning over a bunch more of our civil liberties to one and the same Fredo.
Maybe people feel impeachment was aiming too high. Or whats the use. Well I got one message here -
IT'S IMPEACHMENT OR NOTHING. - - - more - -
This site is all about promoting the Democratic agenda. Here, here. The first politcal pin I ever wore was in 4th grade and it featured JFK and LBJ. What would they think of the party today? What do we do when the D party doesn't do D things? I read this short article on Huffington Post this a.m. and wanted to share it:
Five months into the Democratically-controlled Congress, and all I'm seeing is some bad slapstick. The ultimate moment hee-larity -- and lets hope it's ultimate rather than penultimate -- would be the Gonzales no-confidence vote. A useless dollop of turgid showmanship that in the end the Dems couldn't even get to the floor for a vote.
But the Democrats have yet to meet a piece of rhetorical legislation that they didn't like. From the no-confidence vote, to non-binding resolutions against the war, to funding bills that carry easily waived benchmarks, the Dems seem to have forgotten they were sent to Washington to do more than kill trees.
Often people enter the impeachment conversation and say "well we don't have proof of crimes - and what crimes did they commit? Sure we don't like them but..." Ignorant. Impeachment is a trial. If there are enough questions about crimes the congress can hold a trial. After the fold - you can see the list of accusations http://impeachbush.org has collected. Solid list. The other common moan is "but we don't have the votes to kick them out". You go to impeachment with the congress you have. Politicians are followers. If they sense a march heading in a direction that might benefit them, they get in line. There will be a snowball effect. We must keep the pressure on our congress peoples to get impeachment in the works and moving forward. Write your local newspapers and encourage them to cover the Kucinich move to impeach as well as all the local and state efforts. Go to impeachbush.org and sign their petition,too.
Kucinich officially brought articles of impeachment forward yesterday and the media and Kosworld don't seem to think this is front page news. Of course we'd all love it if Pelosi or Obama or a better name-brand pol had been there but they all seem to have more important work to busy themselves with. Such as raising money. They want the parade to be marching down the street before they jump in front of it. So I applaud Kucinich for speaking the unspeakable and hope you will email him and give him the support he deserves. Waiting for 67 senators to say they will vote for impeachment is liking waiting for Nixon to rise from the grave and apologize for his Waterate crimes. Kucinich has put it on the table, lets get the media to pay attention and help it snowball.
They aren't ending the war. I know its really hard and there are blue dogs and this and that but really folks... thats what the election in November was about. Here's a good description of the situation by Joshua Frank:
By now we should all know about the ugly stunt they pulled last week. The Democratic majority in the House passed an appropriations bill that would give Bush more money to continue his war. The legislation, which will likely be knocked out by the White House, calls for the troops to come home later this year. Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, believed this would somehow appease their antiwar base. Regrettably their smarmy attempt has absolutely no teeth whatsoever. Having been one of the unfortunate geeks who actually read the bill, I can tell you only one thing -- it's a complete farce.
In order for troops to come home the Bushies would have to confirm whether or not "progress" had been made in Iraq, not Congress. So with more money in hand and sole authority on deciding whether or not the war in going as planned, the White House, even if Bush signed the bill, would never have to end the thing. The proposal wasn't a compromise as many have claimed, but a dagger in the heart of all those of us who want to bring this war to a screeching halt.
WHAT A WIMPY BUNCH OF PUBLIC SERVANTS. Guess "by the people, for the people", is a wipeout on these shores.
Despite polls showing that 6 in 10 Americans want the U.S. out of Iraq asap, the best that this crew can come up with is a call-not binding, or course-for the president to pull out the troops by next spring or even summer. That would be over a year from now, and more than five years (!) into this criminal and incredibly stupid war.
At the rate things have been going, it would also be perhaps 1000 more dead Americans, 14,000 more gravely wounded Americans, and 100-150,000 more dead Iraqis later.
Where's the courage? where's the leadership? The only way to end this war is de-funding:
The Democrats will claim that they only have a "razor thin majority," so that their hands are tied. But this is not so. It takes only one Senator to filibuster against funding the war. Then it takes only 41 abstentions to sustain the filibuster. 60 votes are needed to stop a filibuster; so 41 abstentions mean that a filibuster is sustained and Bush's supplemental funding bill for the Iraq war is dead (1). Such a filibuster is of course veto-proof since the filibustered bill simply dies and there is nothing for Bush to veto. There are 51 Senate Democrats, most of whom claim to be against the war, and at least one antiwar Republican Senator so the votes are there unless our solons of the Senate are deceiving us. If such a filibuster takes hold, the administration must then come back to the Congress with a bill acceptable to the 41, presumably a bill with funding to bring the U.S. soldiers home safely and quickly. (Sign the petition calling on Senators to take this action at www.FilibusterForPeace.org and circulate the petition widely.)
As Dave Lindorff puts it, "the fall guy has fallen"
Three and a half years and a long bloody war after he and a gang of war-mongers in the White House and Blair House, including President Bush and Vice President Cheney, set out to undermine and trash the reputation of an Iraq war critic, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, Libby has been found guilty of perjury, lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice by a Washington jury.
The trials shouldn't end there, now is the time to clean out the entire roach nest:
Joshua Frank says it more calmly than I can. But we've been taken. We got them elected, now they ignore us. Call me impatient, I had enough along time ago. So has the majority of Americans:
We should have known it was coming. Even though the Democratic Party rode the antiwar wave in to Congress last November they've done little since to end the bloody war in Iraq. Just last week House Democrats met to discuss how best to halt Bush's request to send more troops into the region but couldn't come to an agreement on whether or not to put any restrictions on the administration's plea for an additional $93 billion to continue the occupation. The only way to stop the war, as Sen. Russ Feingold understands well, is to cease all funding for the ongoing tragedy. But the majority of Democrats, already preparing for the next round of elections, aren't about to step up and represent their constituents.
Way back in November, when the Republicans controlled everything on earth, we had an election. The electorate displayed in clear and unambiguous terms, a disapproval of the R party and especially the war and calamity in Iraq. It is now March and we have more soldiers heading to war not less. The R party still controls the shots. The D party is unable to do anything intelligent or meaningful. It can't even do something symbolic but meaningless such as pass a non-binding resolution.
The D party is comprised of pieces. There is the "barely D group" who are conservative about something and moderate about something else. There is the "vaguely activist group"who have strong convictions (they claim) but want to keep their powder dry until something really, really bothers them and they have every vote on their side and then they will vote their conscience.