Here's the money shot, everybody. This is where I reveal my ignorance, make the constitutional lawyers laugh and have to start watching the traffic outside.
I won't list all of the Bush administration's crimes. You know what they are.
The Constitution addresses the issue of impeachment. I've read that over and over and won't cite article and section numbers or put in quotes. If you want to read it, download it. As you know, any citizen can petition the House to initiate impeachment proceedings. There are websites with kits for that purpose. Rest assured many people have sent their requests and this will accomplish nothing.
The executive branch is under orders from courts to stop its high crime style lawbreaking but refuses, and the courts don't force the issue. Dirty tricks to influence the results of elections are coordinated through the White House, so you can't vote the neocons out of office. If you believe November will mark the beginning of a new era, all I can say is I hope you're right. But Bush has already said he knows the result, and if that's so then we can put elections into the trash can marked "quaint nonfunctional antiques."
There isn't much left, but there is one thing: the Declaration of Independence.
Some people will tell you this document has no legal force or weight, isn't a law or statute. I disagree. I say it is the supreme law of the land and states the measure of last resort when all other avenues are unavailable, to deal with the situation the Declaration calls "absolute tyranny over these states." The signors end the document with the words, "for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." These men clearly intended this document to apply to the specific situation of absolute subjugation, and they were willing to put their resources and lives in play.
They tell us what they are doing, and what we have to do as citizens: "it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." This delightfully vague statement is anything but ambiguous. I've thought for years about what it means.
We have, sadly, reached the time when this highest act of patriotism must be dusted off and put to use. As horrifying as it seems, and as much as I don't want to be the one to say it, someone has to say it.
This statement refers to something that isn't a privilege. It isn't an option, a choice or even a rule. It is an order, a commandment, it is your duty as an American citizen to cast off a despotic government. A despotic government is what we have. It can't be stopped from making war. It isn't subject to advocacy. It has scrapped the bill of rights. It can't be investigated or be subject to Congressional oversight or court order. The Declaration's authors purposefully left the manner by which this is done unstated, knowing that we would be dealing with very evil people. And we are.
At this point in time, people who communicate with one another about attending peaceful antiwar protests are being arrested. Therefore, it is probably up to individual citizens to act alone and without discussing their plans with anyone.
I demand the resignation of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, their lawyers, the attorney general, the Supreme Court justices and every member of Congress who voted for the Patriot Act or to authorize war. If they do not resign, they are the rightful target of any person who is an American citizen, a person under order to remove them from office by any means necessary, including lethal force. Citizens acting under the duty described by the Declaration are immune from prosecution. But, that's my interpretation of it. You can bet if you try to enforce this order, you will be killed.
The alternative is to live under an oppressive dictatorship. Those are the only two choices the Bush administration has given you. So, America, what are you going to do? The Declaration of Independence tells you what to do.
(update from Lukery, part one here, part two here, part three here)