Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Impeaching George Bush

If ever one wonders why the DLC-ridden Democratic Congressional leadership tried to off Dennis Kucinich with a corporate-backed primary opponent, this is an exemplar. Living true to his principles, Congressman Kucinich has submitted a resolution of impeachment for President Bush.

Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential candidate from Ohio, introduced a resolution to impeach President Bush into the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Kucinich announced his intention to seek Bush's impeachment Monday night, when he read the lengthy document into the record.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she would not support a resolution calling for Bush's impeachment, saying such a move was unlikely to succeed and would be divisive.

Most of the congressman's resolution deals with the Iraq war, contending that the president manufactured a false case for the war, violated U.S. and international law to invade Iraq, failed to provide troops with proper equipment and falsified casualty reports for political purposes.

Kucinich also charges that Bush has illegally detained without charge both U.S. citizens and "foreign captives" and violated numerous U.S. laws through the use of "signing statements" declaring his intention to do so.

Other articles address global warming, voting rights, Medicare, the response to Hurricane Katrina and failure to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Last year, Kucinich introduced a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. But in November when Republicans tried to force a debate on the move, the attempt failed. Democrats voted to send the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee, where committee chairman Rep. John Conyers has taken no action on it.

An earlier resolution to impeach Cheney has languished in the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties since May 2007.

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach two presidents -- Andrew Johnson, in 1868, and Bill Clinton, in 1999 -- but both were acquitted by the Senate and remained in office. No U.S. vice president has been impeached.

Kucinich dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president in January to focus on his re-election bid in Ohio. He handily won the Democratic primary in his district on March 4 and faces former State Representative Jim Trakas in the general election.

Of course, there are many reasons to impeach George Bush, beyond just lying this country into a war, although that is to me by far his most serious offense (as it has destroyed the lives of millions, cost our country in prestige in a way that will impact us for generations, and cost us quite a penny while watching our fuel prices skyrocket). For Kucinich, there are thirty five. Where do we start? Other than the Iraq War, how about covering up for a covert agent revelation within the Vice President's office by pardoning the employee who did the VP's bidding by giving away the agent's identity to a reporter? How about standing on the ruins of New Orleans, promising to rebuild the city, only to help commit what could only be constituted a form of ethnic cleansing by making sure certain sections of the city are not rebuilt (namely the ones populated by people of color)? How about sending Blackwater mercs into New Orleans, allowing a private army to police the streets, in probable violation of the law, and disarm law abiding citizens, while the lawbreakers were running rampant and creating havoc for the legitimate law enforcement agencies in the city? How about the purposeful, willful ignorance of refusing to even own up to the problems of the Iraq war (accounting for his lying our country into the conflict), and waiting until after his reelection to admit that there was even such a thing as an insurgency, while hundreds of thousands of Iraqis lay dead from the very post-invasion conflict that he denied could have possibly existed?

Naturally, these offenses are not worthy of attention to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is why she and the rest of the Congressional Democratic leadership caved to George Bush after the 2006 midterm elections on the issue of war funding, and then permitted the farce that was the Iraq War report, knowing full and well the Administration was going to pick the person writing and submitting the President's obviously-biased perspective to Congress several months later. This is the same Democratic Congressional leadership whose members, with the exception of the Speaker and House Majority WHIP, actually voted to go to war in Iraq (which includes the Senate Majority Leader). Is it hard to see why the likes of a Stenny Hoyer would want to explain his voting for a war in Iraq and against impeaching Bush (knowing the primary reason for that impeachment would likewise call into question his own integrity and legitimacy)?

If all one did was hang around the Congressional Democratic leaders, you would never know that over 70% of the American people are opposed to the war in Iraq. They are still figuratively and literally stuck in the mindset of autumn 2002. For this reason alone, the impeachment resolution serves the interests of outing those Democrats who refuse to be honest enough to concede that this is an Administration that deserves expulsion. And from a realpolitik point of view, they cannot claim there is a lack of popular support for such a resolution. Bush's approval rating is down near the average STD, and Congress's would soon surpass his, if they only manifested the necessary spine to finally do what should have been done back in 2002, instead of voting for this war.

Congratulations to Representative Kucinich for doing what is right.

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