There have been 16 diaries written by 7 Kossacks about the Enough protest campaign since my last Roundup (two weeks ago). Those diaries are a fraction of 165 impeachment diaries written in that same time span. In approximately the last 4 weeks, over 650 diaries have been written by about 365 Kossacks. Granted, not all of those diaries have been pro-impeachment, but I only want to make the point that there are a lot of people advancing impeachment as a topic of discussion.
Below the fold, I'll list the sponsors of the impeachment resolutions against Cheney and Gonzales, list the cities which have approved impeachment resolutions, provide links to each of the Enough diaries and some of the other impeachment diaries, and take a look at some of the articles in the media talking about impeachment. As long as this diary is, with 650 impeachment diaries, I can only scratch the surface. It's an idea that might not be as out there as you think. If we stand up and say ENOUGH! together, more people will hear us, stand with us, and demand action of our representatives.
In San Francisco, we'll be gathering at the new Federal Building at 7th & Mission from 12:00-1:00 on Sunday, and moving on to a busier location at 1:00.
A lot of additional and more detailed information can be found at ImpeachPAC.org. Please note that ImpeachPAC lists 85 cities having approved impeachment resolutions. Santa Cruz apparently has separate resolutions for Bush and for Rumsfeld - I only counted Santa Cruz once to reflect the Bush resolution.
|19 Co-Sponsors for H.Res. 333
Richard B. Cheney
|28 Co-Sponsors for H.Res. 589
Alberto R. Gonzales
with Impeachment Resolutions
CA Arcata, Berkeley, Fairfax, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sebastopol, West Hollywood
The first protests in the Enough campaign were held on July 8th, after President Bush commuted Scooter Libby's prison sentence. DFA-Links lists 43 participating cities for this Sunday, August 12th. Don't see one near you? Start one yourself, and contact the organizers at DFA-Links to have them add it (registration required). For those who haven't heard of the Enough campaign yet, see Wes Clark Jr's original explanations and browse the comments in Had Enough (7.3.07), and Enough (7.7.07)
The diaries below include recaps and invitations, as well as additional thoughts.
antiapollon: HEY, ORANGE COUNTY! HAD ENOUGH YET?? Saturday 7.28.07
tr4nqued: Invitation to Kossacks at YearlyKos Saturday 8.4.08
Seattle Mark: $$ ENOUGH! $$ IMPEACH! $$ Wednesday 8.8.07 - includes additional links
Enough - Getting Organized Wednesday 8.8.07 (Yeah! my first rescued diary.)
Enough SF - Solo Edition Sunday 8.5.07
Enough SF: Taking Action, Seeking Help Thursday 8.2.07 - discussing my upcoming appointment (Tuesday, August 14th) with Speaker Pelosi's Deputy District Director and more
Enough SF, 7-29-07, with Free Hugs & Pics Monday 7.30.07
Other Actions & Events
September 15th March in Washington
September 21st Iraq Moratorium Day - davidseth, TexDem, One Pissed Off Liberal, Meteor Blades, and perhaps others have written diaries on this protest event.
In the past couple of days, I've been thinking about it, and I'd really like to get to D.C. that week to participate in the Moratorium day there. I'd like schedule an appointment in Speaker Pelosi's office there to follow-up on my appointment here (next Tuesday), and hopefully get a few minutes with the Speaker. I'd also just like to spend some time in our capital.
However, as a grad student (Chinese Medicine - hence the screen name), my travel budget is severely restricted. Are there Kossacks who could pledge to help me out with a couch or floor to crash on (and wireless internet connection) or assistance in getting airline tickets? Feel free to offer pledges in comments below, or click on my screen name for my email address. For the moment, I'm just asking for pledges. If there's enough, I'll begin making plans. If not, I'll work on the Moratorium day from here in San Francisco. While it would be nice to get to D.C. and take some action from there, I know there are other more worthy causes than myself (draft General Clark for President, anyone? With Cheney's drums of war beating against Iran, we could sure use his voice being more prominent on the national stage.). I also know that I can also continue to contribute right where I am.
Other Impeachment Diaries
In approximately the last four weeks, as mentioned above, many have written diaries on impeachment. Perhaps you have read one of buhdydharma's 11 impeachment diaries. If you've been reading impeachment diaries, chances are you caught one of rjones2818's 13 diaries in that time. KagroX has posted some stories on the front page. Here is a selection of the impeachment diaries that have come up in the last four weeks.
EmilyD was able to get her representative to change positions and sign on to the impeachment resolution for Alberto Gonzales. Did I Get My Blue Dog Congresswoman to Change her Mind? shows what being informed and contacting your representative can do.
Saturday, August 11th
dcookie impeachment-a letter to my representative
Friday, August 10th
FreeFallin Homage to the 4th Amendment
mmaureen7 I Have a Voice - Welcome to a new Kossack and her (I'm assuming based on the screen name - forgive me if I'm wrong) 1st diary, who comes to us as a result of O'Reilly shutting down DailyKos. Thanks, Bill. ;)
Jesselyn Radack The Impeachment Cure, Bruce Fein & Not So Strange Bedfellows - made the rec list, but just in case you missed it. Who am I kidding? This roundup will probably scroll away while Jesselyn's diary is still on the rec list. But I'll keep it here in the interest of being thorough.
solitodd Meme: Impeachment is the Cure
cfaller96 Transitional Justice: A Discussion (and poll)
Thursday, August 9th
Ralph Lopez Reaganite Says Impeach Now or Lose the Constitution
hissyspit The White House, 33 Years Ago Today...
chadlupkes Change the Rules, Win the Game
marchtoimpeach The Dump Dick Videos Are In: Help Us Choose The Winner!
foxklub Where have all the IMPEACHMENT diaries gone?
pollchecker GOP says for Democracy to work we must have rule of Law
SenorSwanky Biden: Criminal Charges for Bush!
markthshark The Pelosi Antidote
Monday, August 6th
Paleo Bush seeks immunity for NSA lawbreakers
Frank J Ranelli A Prescient Thought to Ponder, Especially for Republicans
Al122 Former Skeptic Hops on the Impeachment Bandwagon Thursday, August 2nd
a gnostic Senator Boxer: "close as we've ever come to dictatorship" Friday, July 13th
Pofessor Smartass Wear Orange Until Bush and Cheney are impeached Tuesday, August 7th
Calvin Revolt USA Wear Orange! Impeach Now! Monday, July 16th - photo diary reposted from diary Saturday, July 14th and updated with poll.
Bill Tchakirides Look at it as a choice: Impeachment or War with Iran Monday, July 16th
and on the possibility of war with Iran
Cenk Uygur We Have No Hope Recommended diary, Friday, August 10th
devtob Jimmy Breslin's vote for impeachment Monday, July 23rd - reviews a Newsday article which I also reference in the media section below.
jello5929 Impeachment ads? Most GOP leaders are pro-impeachment... Tuesday, July 16th - it's a rich field that shouldn't be that hard to mine...
occams hatchet Hey, look, it's not personal Sunday, July 15th This one made the rec list, but just in case you missed it the first time around, it's worth a read.
Impeachment in the Media
Impeachment & Free Speech - August 9th & 10th
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kent officer tickets man for 'Impeach Bush' sign by James Ewinger
Sign charges dropped against Kent man
'Impeach Bush' sign prompts littering charge and just one more from a different source
From USA Today: On Deadline Judge dismisses case over 'Impeach Bush' sign; Prosecutor filing new charge blog entry by Mike Carney
Friday, August 10th
Olver, Neal won't impeach Cheney by Mary Carey
I didn't want to, but I think it's the responsible thing to do...
The Seattle Times
Sheehan announces run against Pelosi by Sudhin Thanawala
Thursday, August 9th
Atlantic Free Press
Commenting on the Black Commentator by David Swanson - discusses impeachment and the racial divide in the progressive movement.
The Connecticut Post Online
Pelosi Urged to Impeach by MICHAEL P. MAYKO
Tuesday, August 7th Sea Coast Online
America Needs to Impeach by Burt Cohen
Telluride, CO impeachment resolution
Tuesday, August 7th Denver Post
Telluride impeachment vote reaps a storm by Nancy Lafholm
Telluride Daily Planet
Impeach! T-ride state’s first to call for ouster by Reilly Capps
Friday, August 3rd skiRebel.com
Republican Skiers Cancel Trips To Telluride After Town Council Votes To Impeach Busch (sic)
Sunday, August 5th Washington Post
Ouster by the People by Robert Dallek - a proposal for recall of the President.
Sunday, July 29th Washington Post
Answering to No One by Walter Mondale - While not explicitly about impeachment, former Vice-President Mondale discusses Cheney's unprecedented power and concludes with a reference to Nixon.
July 24th FoxNews.com reports Takoma Park's impeachment resolution - not much of a story, I just appreciate the fact that it's on Fox.
July 23rd The New York Times
Just What the Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes to War by Adam Cohen Another not explicitly on impeachment, rather discussing the constitutional struggle between the Congress and the President regarding the war. (Note - the full piece is now archived behind a firewall. It is accessible to Times Select subscribers.)
The war is hardly the only area where the Bush administration is trying to expand its powers beyond all legal justification. But the danger of an imperial presidency is particularly great when a president takes the nation to war, something the founders understood well. In the looming showdown, the founders and the Constitution are firmly on Congress's side.
The Constitution cannot enforce itself. It is, as the constitutional scholar Edwin Corwin famously observed, an ''invitation to struggle'' among the branches, but the founders wisely bequeathed to Congress some powerful tools for engaging in the struggle. It is no surprise that the current debate over a deeply unpopular war is arising in the context of a Congressional spending bill. That is precisely what the founders intended.
Members of Congress should not be intimidated into thinking that they are overstepping their constitutional bounds. If the founders were looking on now, it is not Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi who would strike them as out of line, but George W. Bush, who would seem less like a president than a king.
Impeach George Bush to stop war lies, deaths by Jimmy Breslin
A billboard in a field
Steve Kraske in The Seattle Times July 22nd Impeach Bush? "Not a feasible option" and
The Kansas City Star July 14th The ‘I-word’ spreads, but most in politics dismiss the impeachment talk (same story, two sources a week apart)
The Constitution does not expressly forbid the president from abandoning his chief powers to the vice president. But President Bush's tacit delegation to Cheney and Cheney's eager acceptance tortures the Constitution's provision for an acting president. The presidency and vice presidency are discrete constitutional offices. The 12th Amendment provides for their separate elections. The sole constitutionally enumerated function of the vice president is to serve as president of the Senate without a vote except to break ties.
In contrast, Article II enumerates the powers and responsibilities of the president, including the obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. A special presidential oath is prescribed. Section 3 of the 25th Amendment provides a method for the president to yield his office to the vice president, when "he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." There is no other constitutional provision for transferring presidential powers to the vice president.
Yet without making a written transmittal to Congress, President Bush has ceded vast domains of his powers to Vice President Cheney by mutual understanding that circumvents the 25th Amendment. This constitutional provision assures that the public and Congress know who is exercising the powers of the presidency and who should be held responsible for successes or failures. The Bush-Cheney dispensation blurs political accountability by continually hiding the real decision-maker under presidential skirts. The Washington Post has thoroughly documented the vice president's dominance in a four-part series running this week. It is quite a read.
June 25th The New Yorker
The General’s Report
How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties.
by Seymour M. Hersh
This article does not address impeachment, but certainly does address one of the reasons it would be justified.