Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Impeachment: Dare we Dream?

By: Harry Waisbren

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has presented 35 articles of impeachment for President Bush to the congress, but quite regrettably it's being reported that Democratic leaders remain strident in their efforts to appease the Republican criminal syndicate. Check out a portion of Kucinich's speech here (via TP):

This atrocity to the notion of rule of law is occurring despite the fact that 46% of Americans want to begin impeachment hearings against the president and 54% voting for a Cheney impeachment. The popularity of such a measure might be why the Republicans are freaking out over even discussing it, as Think Progress reports how House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) dismissed debate as merely the efforts of “left-wing bloggers“:

This is just another example of the Democratic leadership in the House indulging
trivial and silly conspiracy theories from left-wing bloggers, rather than
working with Republicans to deal with the real issues facing the American

Boehner's argument that the only people pushing for this are the dirty hippie types took a big hit when law professor and constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley argued on Countdown with Keith Olbermann that America's founders "would have been astonished by the absolute passivity, if not the collusion, of the Democrats in protecting President Bush from impeachment." Check out the video here:

I agree wholeheartedly with Chris Bowers that even if Boehner is right that the Democratic establishment does not truly value the rule of law and will let this important debate be stifled, the Democrats should at least have the spine to allow an open debate on whether or not to impeach. This would allow the courageous ones amongst them to record their dissent in the history books, as well as help with that whole looking at yourself in the mirror thing.

UPDATE (via TP): Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) “said he’s not going to let his effort to impeach President Bush die a quiet death in committee. He said Wednesday that he’ll bring his resolution back in 30 days if the Judiciary Committee…doesn’t act on it.” “In 30 days, I’ll be joined by many more” members, he said.

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