During the last few months, I’ve tried in vain to understand why the Democrats will not support an impeachment resolution against Bush or Cheney. I read hours and hours of news and facts, but it took a comment from a BuzzFlash reader to open my eyes, and what I saw almost left me speechless! It was a comment written in response to the article, “The Democrats Are Betraying The People Again! Hoyer Is A Wimp!” Through four (4) years of writing, I’ve been a staunch supporter of the people of Isreal, but have vetted my hatred for AIPAC and Zionism, so no one can accuse me of being anti-Semite for reproducing this comment, because it’s nothing but the facts:
#1 This might help explain some things:
Jewish News Weekly
Friday November 10, 2006
New House leadership may breathe life into Jewish domestic concerns
by matthew e. berger
Washington | New faces in the congressional leadership may mean new opportunities for American Jewish groups seeking legislative solutions to many of its own concerns and those of the broader community. . .
Still, Jewish lobbyists in Washington expressed some optimism that they would be able to advance issues as diverse as raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration policy and finding a solution to the crisis in Darfur.
They also expressed confidence in the relations they have established with many of the incoming House Democratic leaders, especially the likely next speaker of the House, Rep. NANCY PELOSI (D-San Francisco).
Jewish groups have also established strong ties with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the frontrunner for majority leader, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a Jewish lawmaker who led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and is now considered a shoo-in for a leadership position.
Hoyer is close to Howard Friedman, the Baltimore-based president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and is considered one of Israel’s BEST and MOST INFLUENTIAL FRIENDS on Capitol Hill.
Hoyer makes it a point to educate freshmen lawmakers about Israel issues and he has led delegations to the Jewish state multiple times. He prides himself on making Israel a bipartisan issue, vetting proposed legislation with his GOP counterpart, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri.
There are, however, some likely incoming committee chairmen who spark concern on certain issues, primarily because of their opposition to Israel’s settlement policy. At the same time, these lawmakers often see eye-to-eye with the Jewish communal agenda on domestic issues.
These include Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) , the likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. David Obey, the likely incoming chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
In general, said Richard Foltin, legislative director of the American Jewish Committee, “Among the new leaders, there will be people we have a longstanding relationship with and others we will have to build it with.”
William Daroff, vice president for public policy at United Jewish Communities, the umbrella of the North American federation system, said of Conyers: “He’s always had an open ear to the concerns of the Jewish community, particularly as it relates to its domestic agenda.”
Conyers, who is black, earned Jewish plaudits last month when he phoned former President Carter to castigate him for describing Israeli settlement policies as “apartheid” in his new book, a term Conyers said was inappropriate to use in any Jewish context.
The Jewish leaders point to the Republican control of Congress as a key example — Jews, who largely disagreed with the GOP on domestic issues, were still able to garner robust support for common-ground issues, mainly Israel.
On the domestic front, some Jewish organizational leaders expressed optimism about focusing on longtime domestic priorities.
“One of the first pieces I expect them to bring up is a clean increase of the minimum wage,” said Hadar Susskind, Washington director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. By clean, he meant the bill would not be lumped in with other Republican-sponsored tax-cut initiatives.
The initiative would be led by Conyers. Conyers’ committee is also expected to play a large role in the continuing debate over immigration debate. Jewish groups and their allies have had a hard time pushing comprehensive immigration reform in recent years, due to strong opposition from House Republican leaders.
Susskind said he believes an immigration deal could be worked through the Senate if it passes the House.
“We’re now in a situation where the House will be putting forward a more comprehensive approach, and the Senate has to work with that,” he said. “That’s a whole different situation.”
Other likely key committee chairs include:
• Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), the likely incoming chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Obey once proposed linking Israel’s foreign aid package to how much Israel spent on settlement expansion. But insiders say he is likely to concede a lot of leeway to his subcommittee chairs.
• Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), a Jewish lawmaker and a strong supporter of aid to Israel, will likely be one of those chairs, heading the foreign operations subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.
n Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo), a Jewish member who is a strong supporter of Israel, is likely to seek the chairmanship of the House International Relations Committee. Lantos, who has also been an advocate for a stronger stance against Egypt and Iran as the committee’s top Democrat, may be challenged by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Los Angeles), another Jewish lawmaker.
• Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), a Jewish member who will likely chair the Middle East subcommittee of International Relations Committee.
• Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles), the most senior member of the unofficial House Jewish caucus, who would likely chair the House Government Reform Committee. Waxman’s committee could take on a lot of environmental issues the Jewish community has been touting.
• Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), the likely leader of the House Ways and Means Committee, which focuses on how money is raised, including tax policies.
• Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will be heading the House Financial Services Committee. The committee oversees the ENTIRE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY including the securities, insurance, banking and housing industries. It also oversees the work of the FEDERAL RESERVE, the TREASURY, the SEC, and other financial services regulators. ;)
• Rep. George Miller (D-Concord), the likely incoming chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Daroff, a former Republican operative, said he believes a lot of the issues the Jewish community will be touting will be ones in which both parties can come together.
“Aging and social services can bring people together to find solutions to issues that are going to be intractable,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a great deal of pressure on all of the parties to show that they are able to effectively legislate in the new environment.”
A lot will depend on what happens in the Senate, and whether it turns over to the Democrats or stays Republican. written by fontleroy since 1 day 14 hours 6 minutes
This was my response, and then the comments began flowing:
#2 After reading the above comment – I’m almost speechless! I don’t see other comments, as anything said will likely be branded as anti-Semite, although criticism toward our lawmakers being subservient to Jewish issues isn’t necessarily anti–Semite at all, but is just reality. In many of my posts, I have supported the Jewish people but am definitely against AIPAC and Zionism and believe when our support is bought rather than earned, it’s a problem. The thought of Nancy Pelosi being the Speaker of the House again is enough to make a maggot gag, and Hoyer is no better. If we don’t impeach Bush, the next President will inherit powers that are in direct violation with our constitution – so impeachment shouldn’t be a matter of prerogative, but is as simple as Congress upholding their oaths to defend the constitution of the United States. When high crimes and misdemeanors have been perpetrated against the American people and the global community, it is their duty to impeach, and any argument that disagrees with that demonstrates that people don’t understand the constitution and the rule of law. Selective prosecution of the law undermines everything that our constitution embodies – and that’s what the Democratic Leadership is doing. We are either a nation of laws, or a nation that looks the other way when it gets in the way of the powerful lobbies and special interest groups that seem to be guiding Congressional decisions rather than the rule of law.
Pelosi, Hoyer, and Conyers are defying their constitutional obligations and are being obstructionists, which is in effect being Bush enablers. Money and influence are guiding their decisions, not our law, and it’s time that the American people wake-up and understand that the Democratic Leadership is almost as corrupt as the Bush White House. Just because they put a softer tone on their obvious subservience to Israeli interests doesn’t make them any better than Bush – and Pelosi had no right to “take impeachment off the table.” That alone should be enough for anyone to defeat Pelosi when she comes up for re-election, but for that to happen, there has to be a viable challenger come forth…
I see nothing wrong with supporting Israel as long as they are following “The Road-map to Peace”, but blind support whether they are right or wrong makes no sense at all. Based on the article you quoted above, it appears to me that Congress is being subservient to Jewish interests rather than to the majority of the American people, and to me, that’s what democracy is all about; the will of the majority as opposed to the will of the few “elitists” that seem to believe their opinions and actions somehow supersede the general beliefs of the country as a whole. I can see we have a major problem, but at this point in time, I’ll admit that I don’t have a clue as to how it can be rectified. Does anyone else have any suggestions? written by Justanothercoverup since 1 day 2 hours 21 minutes
After that, one of the most revealing comments was made, and if it’s true, which research seems to substantiate, we may have little hope of staving off a war with Iran:
#4 Last week, during the AIPAC pow-wow, a former Israeli defense minister, to loud applause, boasted that if the U.S. didn’t attack Iran by next Spring Israel would. The entire conference was one big subdue the neighboring Arabs and bomb the Iranians hate fest. It should be of no small concern that this neoconservative den of vipers has so many Democratic allies charing powerful foreign affairs and national security committees and that presidents and presidential candidates dare not fail to pay homage before it and vow fealty to Israeli foreign policy. (Emphasis added)written by sulphurdunn since 1 day 52 minute
There are more comments on BuzzFlash in regard this issue, and they are definitely germane to the issue of why our Congress refuses to support Dennis Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment, now co-sponsored by Robert Wexler. (Make sure and visit WexlerWantsHearings.com.) It’s also important to understand what Zionism actually is, and the best comparison I can make is comparing them to America’s Neo-conservatives. Even in Israel, Zionism is opposed, as is Neo-conservatism in our own country. If I’m anti-Semite, then you’d have to apply that tag to countless Israelites as well:
Zionism should not be equated with Judaism. The contemptible treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government is supported and approved of by most Israeli Jews but not by all Jews. There are some Jews who are totally opposed to Zionism and to Israel’s policies in the occupied territories of the West Bank. Here are three websites which express this position:
Zionism is … racist, it is nationalist, and it is Biblically inspired (rather than spiritually inspired). Being a fundamentalist movement, Zionism is not categorically different from Nazism. Only when we understand Zionism in its nationalist and racist context will we begin to comprehend the depth of its atrocities. — Gilad Atzmon: Not In My Name: An Analysis of Jewish Righteousness MUCH MORE
All of the above brings forth a burning question that we must ask ourselves and present to the public; Is our so-called “Democratic Congress” voting the will of the American people, or is it voting for AIPAC and other special interest groups? As noted in my last article, polls are demonstrating that the American people favor impeachment of Bush and Cheney, but our Congress refuses to honor the will of the people. If they aren’t taking special interest money or being unduly influenced by AIPAC, then why is Israel’s voice more important than that of the American people? It’s obvious that the Democrats refuse to impeach Bush and Cheney because AIPAC and Zionists favor bombing Iran, and then, after the election, the Democrats can blame it all on Bush, while they effectively supported him by blocking impeachment hearings!
One commenter stated that the entire House of Representatives was up for re-election. I’m not positive if this is correct, but if it is, then we need to remind them that we are watching and waiting, and if they continue to aid and abet the crimes of the Bush administration – we will do everything in our power to stop them from being re-elected! What good are they if they don’t represent the American people? One thing is certain – the Leadership of the Democratic Congress is being influenced by AIPAC and special interest groups that completely ignore the will of the people. If we don’t impeach Bush, the least we can do is assure that Pelosi, Hoyer, and Conyers all lose their jobs, because as a whole, none of them are doing their jobs and are enabling the Bush administration while pretending to be Democrats!