Impeachment Hearings Now!

July 15, 2007 by susan
Bush carrying sign calling for his impeachment

Okay, I'm back on the impeachment track. Was temporarily derailed, sorry. Hat tip to Perhansa for directing me to Bill Moyers' interview with John Nichols of the Nation, and Bruce Fein, a former Justice Department official during the Reagan administration who drafted articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton.
Go there and read the transcript, or watch the interview on the You-Tube link provided. And any excuses I've made for Nancy Pelosi or other "leading" Dems, I now take 'em back. The Republican leaders remain scum of the earth and I've always said so, so nothing to take back there. Mea culpa, hie thee to the link. But click here for Moyer's closing statement.

Moyers ends with this: "As that debate [on what to do about the Iraq war] revealed Congress is polarized and paralyzed. And down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, President Bush still was insisting Congress should stay out of the war. He and Vice President Cheney are holding out for better news from Iraq in September. But when September comes, you can count on more appeals for delay or excuses. That's the formula for perpetual war - what our founders most feared, because it would turn our Constituion on its head, throwing off the checks and balances so crucial to liberty, and leaving all power in an imperial executive. Already the war in Iraq is in its 5th year, costing $10 billion a month, with the casualties mounting. All week a line from the poet Marvin Bell floated through my mind:

"What/shall we do, we who are at war but are asked/to pretend we are not?"

What shall we do? impeachment hearings are one way to go, as you heard Fein and Nichols say. In the meantime, those of us in public television have an obligation to make sure viewers like you stay in the loop. I wish we had carried the congressional debate this week in full - all of it - in prime time. When we broadcast teach-ins on the Vietnam war, and the Watergate hearings during the trial of Richard Nixon, it was a real public service - the reason PBS was created. We should keep Iraq in prime time every week - the fighting and dying, the suffering, the debate, the politics - the extraordinary costs. It's months until September. This war is killing us now, body and soul."

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | July 16, 2007 - 1:00pm

"Derailed"? Not the peace train, I hope. Because even though I am becoming an ever-stronger supporter of impeachment, I also love your peace train concept.

Someone emailed me with a challenge to say what "take to the streets" really means. Good challenge. The writer threw out there July 23, which apparently is when Cindy Sheehan is arriving in D.C. (Or is it Crawford? No. D.C. The First Shrub will not be on his well-earned vacation until August.)

Well, she's not my first choice as spokeswoman, but as has been noted previously, she's one of the few who's saying anything publicly and getting press for it.

Where are the organizers and planners? We've got the momentum. Now we need a venue and a credible lightning rod.

in the meantime, keep phoning, keep writing, keep talking to each other.

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Anonymous (not verified) | July 16, 2007 - 3:58pm

I watched Moyers' Journal last Friday evening and was rivited - in spite of a long stressful day and a rum drink in my hand. (It pretty much stayed in my hand, that's how rivited I was.) Glad to see that others were also.
It was especially compelling to have Mr. Conservative Republican, Bruce Fein, hopping mad at how Congress simply doesn't understand its role in preventing the power of the Presidency from getting out of hand. Note: Presidency, not President, it's not just about Bush and Cheney. Future presidents will not readily give up the powerful tools bequeathed them by the current madman in the highest office of the land.
Nancy's getting a call from me, every day, til we see action.

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Susie (not verified) | July 16, 2007 - 6:24pm

Captain Morgan's?

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Jean T (not verified) | July 16, 2007 - 6:36pm

I too have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I must now speak out for impeachment of this country's president. I am terrified when I dare to stop to think about how this president and his administration - with the entire congress and public, including me - looking on, has managed to trample on the constitution not once but now in a long-standing and patterned way - to take away the rights of citizens to know the truth of government actions. I am, actually, less worried about his tone of intimidation than the fact that he and other official now state lies as if they were absolute truth. How I ask is this any different than the worst of communist propaganda we used to be warned against? I conclude that I must not remain silent in the face of the abuse of the constitution and the absence of ethics in this administration. I don't know how they all sleep at night, quite frankly. And I am calling for impeachment as witness to the fact that USA citizens do not have to put up with this. If we continue to be silent, we will not have done our duty as citizens. I want the world to know that I will not go quietly into the silent night. Jean T.

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MLS (not verified) | July 16, 2007 - 7:43pm

Good for you, Jean T.
As angry as I have been at this Administration from its very conception I have had a difficult time supporting IMPEACHMENT. Well, no more. I have reached the same conclusion as you. Just think. If we can pass this thought on to other's who are struggling on this same issue and they in turn pass it on to others and...
As Barb, & Susan, and others have said on the Clothesline blog; as John Nichols and Bruce Fein have said on Bill Moyers Journal and as Dennis Kucinich has said (see his bill # H.R. 333) the time has come. IMPEACHMENT is the word of the day, every day, until IMPEACHMENT happens.

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | July 16, 2007 - 8:15pm

Welcome to Jean T. and MLS and Susan and every other Clothesliner who has crossed over the line drawn by BushCo. It gives me no particular joy to have to gain momentum for impeachment. I've said that before, and I'll probably say it again. But this is not about our choice. It is about their brazen actions. BushCo has pressed and goaded and taunted and flaunted and cheated and lied and enriched themselves and their cronies, all the while murdering Iraqis and yes, Americans, too. If there is a hell, they will fry there. But just in case, we have work to do before then.

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