Tuesday, November 28, 2006

what to do about impeachment

Joseph Cannon:
Pelosi's political instincts tell her that the best way to do impeachment is for her not to say impeachment, at least not until events force her to utter the I-word. Such a triggering event might come in the form of a startling revelation divulged during one of the upcoming congressional hearings. You can bet on revelations aplenty. Of course, after six years of neocon atrocities, one wonders whether anything can still startle the citizenry.

Another trigger might be a groundswell of public opinion. Impeachment from below, as it were.

That's where we come in. It's not enough for us to cite online polls indicating that the American people favor impeachment if, if, if. No, we have to do something.

And here's what we're gonna do:
December 10 is Human Rights Day, and this year we're making it Human Rights and Impeachment Day. Slogan: "Putting Impeachment on the Table."

We encourage you to organize a town hall forum or rally on this day for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
You should also visit the Democrats.com Impeachment for Change site. There's a petition to sign. A million signatures will do nicely, thank you very much.

Do you have some drab telephone poles in your neighborhood which could use a spot of decoration? Try printing out the Ten Reasons the Impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney, which you can find here. Consider printing it out on a neon-colored paper.

AfterDowningStreet and Democrats.com have started a movement. Join it.

You may also want to take a glance at the novel strategy advocated by a group called ImpeachforPeace. In short and in sum, these folks have discovered an oddity in the congressional rules:
Before the House Judiciary Committee can put together the Articles of Impeachment, someone must initiate the impeachment procedure. Most often, this occurs when members of the House pass a resolution. Another method outlined in the manual, however, is for individual citizens to submit a memorial for impeachment.

After learning this information, Minnesotan and Impeach for Peace member (Jodin Morey) found precedent in an 1826 memorial by Luke Edward Lawless which had been successful in initiating the impeachment of Federal Judge James H. Peck. Impeach for Peace then used this as a template for their "Do-It-Yourself Impeachment." Now any citizen can download the DIY Impeachment Memorial and submit it, making it possible for Americans to do what our representatives have been unwilling to do. The idea is for so many people to submit the Memorial that it cannot be ignored.
These folks envision a mass mailing on January 15, when the new Congress convenes. A million pieces of mail should have a rock-em sock-em effect.

So those are your big dates: December 10 and January 15. And even then, we will have just begun to do political battle.

Do you want to wallow in cynicism, or do you want to do every damn thing you can to force Congress to solve the problem? Take action. Join the fight. If you do, then when your grandkids ask you "What did you do during the great war for impeachment?" you won't have to tell them: "Well, I was shoveling shit at Nancy Pelosi."
(Cannon has more)

11 comments:

profmarcus said...

thanks for this...

Kathleen said...

LUUUUUUUVVVVV this, LUUUUUUVVVVV it to pieces.

«—U®Anu§—» said...

Impeachment is dandy, dreamy and all that, but I want to see guys' butts behind bars. Rep. Henry Waxman deserves all the encouragement he can get to help make it happen.

rimone said...

what uranus said

«—U®Anu§—» said...

That story was linked below...never mind... Delay and Hyde's GOP Congress sullied the concept of impeachment for a good generation or two, and you can be sure that any GOP majority would impeach any democratic president in the future, even if the guy is the messiah. Our whole problem with republicans in this country is we don't put enough of them in jail. That would go a very long way toward stopping their nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Impeachment is great. I say go for it.
Just don't get your hopes up about removing anybody from office.

You would need every Democrat +Joe Lieberman + 9 Republicans to vote for removal.

Plus you forget that Bush appointee John Roberts would preside over his trial.

Face it, it may make us all feel good, but we're stuck with Bush for the next two years. Congress should immediately begin trying to stop the upcoming war with Iran.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is missing the point.

Although successful removal from office would be ideal, the most powerful aspect of an impeachment procedure would be that it would place more pressure on the current administration.

In essence it would place them in a defensive position, instead of the offesive posture they have held for the past 6 years.

The last two times we saw this was with the Harriet Myers fiasco which occured when Rove was distracted with his own possible indictment by Fitzgerald, and - of course - the recent Democratic victories of the House and Senate when Bush immediately jettisoned Rumsfeld.

The above exemplify how quickly the Republicans turn on their own when faced with 'real' opposition.

The pressure created by an impeachment movement would effectively stop Bush & Co. from furthering their agenda - and that in itself would be a victory cherished by all future generations of Americans.

«—U®Anu§—» said...

That's precisely the kind of intervention I had in mind in hopes of discouraging a U.S. attack on Iran. Democrats have two years to shut down the "unitary executive." Otherwise, the world faces a long, costly war, I fear, led by some very mean and rich people.

Anonymous said...

These days, campaigns like this are waged on T-shirts, bumper stickers and on Comedy Central.

I myself made up 50 shirts and some stickers too.

They're not so expensive to have them made. Make up your own or ask me about mine.

Joe
nalgenelove@gmail.com

«—U®Anu§—» said...

Hot diggity dog, why didn't I think of that? I want my shirt to say, "Impeach Them Fuckin' Chickenwings."

That'll teach 'em.

Anonymous said...

Have you heard about HR 333? I urge you and your readers to take a few minutes to look at:

http://www.usalone.com/cgi-bin/transparency.cgi?paper=1&qnum=pet45

It's a list of the 25 most recent comments made by real Americans participating in an online poll/letter-writing campaign concerning the impeachment charges recently filed against Vice President Cheney, which are now being evaluated by the House Judiciary Committee. Comments can be sent to elected representatives and local newspapers at your option. The participation page is at:

http://www.usalone.com/cheney_impeachment.php

Since this campaign began, some members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors, in part due to hearing from their constituents. Has yours? Make your voice heard, and let others know!