Going back through history, I remember when the “War on Crime” began, and that was almost thirty (30) years ago. Then came the “War on Drugs,” and now approximately 1 in every 31 adults in the United States is behind bars or under court supervision. Why are we so cruel to our own people? LINK Now that the “War on Terror” is being expanded, and the Senate is getting ready to pass S 1959, its apparent the government is now starting a new “War” – and this one is aimed squarely at anyone and everyone that doesn’t agree with a government that dances to the tune of corporations and special interest groups rather than the people themselves. Now that Congress has ample evidence to successfully impeach George. W. Bush and Vice-President Dick (Darth) Cheney, and they still refuse to uphold the Constitution and protect the people they pledged to serve in their oaths of office, the people know that Congress is complicit in the destruction of democracy, instead opting for the money and/or acting in cowardice and fear as fascism is rapidly taking-over the governance of the United States.
The facts that have been released to the mainstream news media these last few days have been damning for the Bush administration, and even more evidence of criminality is available on the Internet for all to see; however, you in Congress must take note that President Bush has lied to a nation, and now we know that the recent NIE was only released because several senior intelligence analysts were willing to go to jail in order to insure that the people of America and the world community were apprised of the truth, not what Bush and Cheney were attempting to coerce them to say. LINK
When the President and Vice-President have flagrantly broken our laws and commit “high crimes and misdemeanors”, it is the duty of the Congress, not whether you “decide” to impeach or not. The constitution is very clear on that matter, and when an administration is flagrantly guilty of several crimes, the Congress in compelled to impeach, not decide beforehand whether they feel it will win or lose. The Congress would do well to understand the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and the argument of whether those herein cited are applicable under the actual definition of this phrase in our constitution is necessary for all to know and understand; most of the public believe “High Crimes” are felonies and crimes of such magnitude that Congress has to have an iron-clad case to bring the matter to the House of Representatives for arguments and evidence; Nothing could be further from the truth! To hear arguments that Bush hasn’t committed a crime that falls into this category is patently false and those who use such frivolous arguments against impeachment would do well to understand exactly what it entails:
The Constitution says a President can be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but it doesn’t define the term. Who decides what that means? Columbus, Ohio – 5/3/00
The Congress decides the definition: by majority vote in the House for impeachment, and by 2/3 vote in the Senate for conviction. The Framers of the Constitution deliberately put impeachment into the hands of the legislative branch rather than the judicial branch, thus transforming it from strictly a matter of legal definition to a matter of political judgment. Then Representative Gerald Ford put it into practical perspective in 1970, when he said an impeachable offense is “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”
“High crimes and misdemeanors” entered the text of the Constitution due to George Mason and James Madison. Mason had argued that the reasons given for impeachment — treason and bribery — were not enough. He worried that other “great and dangerous offenses” might not be covered, and suggested adding the word “maladministration.” Madison argued that term was too vague, so Mason then proposed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a phrase well-known in English common law. In 18th century language, a “misdemeanor” meant “mis-demeanor,”or bad behavior (neglect of duty and corruption were given as examples), while “high crimes” was roughly equivalent to “great offenses.” MUCH MORE
This passage I found on AfterdowningStreet.Org mirrors my feelings, and countless millions of other patriotic Americas that feel the same way. What the general public doesn’t know is that internment camps, concentration camps, and/or expanded prison capability designed to hold more than a million detainees are being built or renovated in almost every state in the union. LINK LINK LINK For the Mainstream News Media to have knowledge of these camps and not ask pertinent questions necessary to awaken the public and warn them of this danger is unconscionable, and they choose to remain silent, pleased that soon their critics may disappear while a public lulled into complacency is enslaved by the people they believed would be their saviors.
“With the recent NIE report on Iran, it is ever clearer that the administration’s deceptions have only grown in scope. If after this Congress still does not take up the call for impeachment, it is itself open to charges of collusion in high crimes against the Republic,” said Niranjan Ramakrishnan, a political analyst.
Ramakrishnan criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for pledging ‘to keep impeachment off the table’ in an October interview, describing the pledge as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘criminal’.
“To leave unchallenged the deliberate misleading of the country to war, (and the effort to do the same a second time), makes her party a knowing accessory to the same misdeeds,” he said. LINK
This is a quote from a publication that was written in 2006, and all of you know that several more crimes have manifested themselves after the publication of these words:
The Military Commission Act retroactively approved the use of torture to the beginning of the 9/11 Wars.
Congress’s reaction to the ACLU report in October of 2005 was to pass legislation banning further use of the
Freedom of Information Act to request documents on current military operations.
We are in a time of extremism, permanent war, and the unilateral manifestation of ethnocentrism and power by
an openly public cabal of people in the U.S. government. Those in power are set on the U.S. military domination
of the world. They seem willing to defy the foundational values of the American people to achieve their ends. We
have no choice but to declare openly our belief in universal human rights and demand the immediate
impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney and a full accounting of those in their administration.
Peter Phillips is a professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored. He is
co-editor with Dennis Loo of the new book “Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney,”
available at: http://www.projectcensored.org/impeach.htm LINK
To reiterate the many crimes of the Bush administration would be a waste of time, as all of you in Congress know they are guilty; several books have been written on the subject, and now, placing all technicalities to the side, even the class dunce would conclude, based on the mountains of evidence and the necessity to save our country from further war and violence, the immediate necessity to impeach George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
To those Republicans and “Blue-Dog Democrats,” and Independent Joe Lieberman, please be advised that the public, whom are awakening at a remarkable rate, are watching those of you whom still defiantly support this President, and to all of you, I say that your continued support of an administration that has been proven to be liars and have spat on our Constitution and Rule of Law is causing the people to wonder if you too are guilty of, or have actively enabled their crimes. It is time for all of you to awaken to the reality that as a majority, the people of the United States want George Bush and Dick Cheney impeached, and we demand, not ask, that you fulfill your constitutionally mandated duty to impeach these tyrants before they can inflict more damage and embarrassment on the people of America and the world at large.
In regard Nancy Pelosi, we have just learned that in September of 2002, Nancy Pelosi was one of the “Gang of Four”, along with Representative Jane Harmon, who was briefed on the type(s) of torture the CIA were using to interrogate high value detainees, and none of those four objected at that time. Ms. Pelosi, knowing that the CIA was actively conducting torture, which is against our own laws as well as the Geneva Convention, failed to object and even though she was apprised the United States was actively breaking US and international law – she chose to remain silent instead of attempting to do everything in her power to rectify the situation. It is this writer’s opinion that she abdicated her duty, and in spite of Ms. Harmon’s recent statement that she couldn’t talk about it because:
“When you serve on intelligence committee you sign a second oath — one of secrecy,” she said. “I was briefed, but the information was closely held to just the Gang of Four. I was not free to disclose anything.” LINK
The above argument is inappropriate when both Democratic Representatives learned that the United States was actively committing crimes. If they had learned we were covertly executing some of those detainees, would they have spoken out then? A crime is a crime, especially when those crimes place our own soldiers in jeopardy of being tortured themselves because of our flagrant violation of international law. Based on Speaker Pelosi’s inability to muster the courage necessary to defy a President that was actively breaking our own laws, I believe this act alone disqualifies her from ascending to the Presidency when Bush and Cheney are impeached, hence the triple-impeachment to assure the people that those who enabled the Bush administration are denied access to further power and authority.
An urgent matter the Congress also must take up is the unconscionable behavior of the Mainstream News Media. They are large corporate owned media conglomerates that somehow believe they have the right to distort the news and continue the lies and propaganda of the Bush administration, and as a private citizen, I believe that it is within my constitutional rights to demand that they be truthful and fair. We as a nation are not children, and to allow the news media to lie and distort the truth is a slap in the face to the people at large, and we’re tired of it. To read how bad this issue is, please read this brief synopsis. LINK If you doubt that impeachment could be a successful endeavor, it’s because of a complicit MSM, and your speeches and Press Conferences can alert the rest of the people of the necessity to impeach this Presidency and begin the healing process that may take decades to accomplish based on the national debt and the horrible loss of credibility that we as a nation have suffered under the leadership of the Bush administration. Congress may believe the MSM is protecting them, but the word is rapidly spreading that the opposite is true, and slowly but surely, the MSM is losing the battle to hide the truth from the American public.
To label a show as “news” and refuse to tell the truth, distort the truth, or blatantly lie have as some of the networks have done borders on fraud, and lying to the public disguising it as “news” is not a fair representation of free speech, especially as it concerns those who are charged with keeping the nation informed of important news. For the Congress to allow this to continue unabated is a sign that the entire Congress is complicit with the Bush administration. And if that is the case, each and every one of you will be losing your seats in Congress, because the people are watching this Congress as they never have before, and a host of people are taking notes and chronicling those who refuse to stand-up for the people.
The last, but not unimportant issue, is that the Mainstream News Media, once again is attempting to interfere with a federal election, and it’s my belief that their poor coverage of Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul smacks of attempting to influence an election by not fairly representing all of the candidates that are running for election. Dennis Kucinich, who last month won the most votes in a survey conducted by Democracy for America, has now come out on top of an on-line poll of members of Progressive Democrats for America, has not been represented fairly. I am also hearing that the Ron Paul campaign in gaining steam, and even though I’m personally a Kucinich supporter, it is as important to hear the message of Ron Paul too so the nation is able to make a fair and informed opinion of the candidates, not those the MSM are cramming down our collective throats. The aforementioned candidates appear to have a huge movements developing in their favor, and to allow the MSM to keep them without equal news coverage is an attempt at dumbing-down America, and to those of you who believe it’s working, I assure you, it’s not, and more and more Americans are awakening to the corruption that grips Washington, and we as a nation want change, and we demand the Congress of the United States represent the people, and now, while you still can.
The challenges Congress face is real, but we as citizens must remember that it’s us paying these absurd gas, milk, and soaring food costs while our wages remain stagnant, and it is our Congress that are paid well and keep increasing their pay while ours goes down, many of whom are millionaires of their own accord. It is almost impossible for them to identify with what is occurring across this great nation – and it’s high time they understand that the people ARE awakening and we demand change, now, not tomorrow or the next day, but for Congress to take-up these important issues immediately and represent the people; this may be their last chance before the upcoming passage of S 1959 in the Senate, and we are also watching on that Bill. We know there have been thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls made to Congress on this issue, and yet not a word has been mentioned by the MSM or any other source. Why? This is another matter the Congress of the United States needs to pay heed to the people, not their corporate sponsors or pressure from the Bush administration. This Bill represents the most egregious assault on our constitution since this country was incepted, and the people will not allow this Bill to pass. Again, if this Bill does pass the Senate, it will be another slap in the face of the people, this time it would be a vicious slap that would eventually effect Free Speech, and no one in this nation will forgive Congress if this odious Bill is allowed to pass.
Just yesterday, I learned that several groups in FACEBOOK have also joined-in to send emails and call the Congress LINK, and they are spreading the word as fast as they can, yet a complicit MSM refuses to report upon the massive amount of emails and phone calls of those who are protesting against this unconstitutional Bill! Citizens from all fifty states are emailing and calling Congress on this issue, yet the MSM remains mute, as does our Congress. The protest is far from over, and Congress should acknowledge the concerns of the people instead of ignoring what is a legitimate outpouring of Americans concerned that the very foundation of freedom and democracy could be stripped away from us – and when freedom of speech dies, so does our country and what used to be “The American Way of Life.”
President Bush stated we were either “for him or against him” in similar words, and as we watch a Congress that refuses to perform their duties, it’s time for them to decide that same question. Are they for the American people, or are they against us? The answer to that question is how this Congress will act now that Bush and company have been caught red-handed attempting to “cook” the intelligence to fit their ambitions to bomb Iran, even though the military and the country at large are against starting another war. I speak as an individual, however base this opinion on the many comments made to CNN in their Blog, the many Internet sites and discussion forums that actively post their concern and fear of this Presidency, and the mood and demeanor of the Average American when asked about this Presidency. I believe that my view is shared by countless millions of Americans, and we are all waiting and watching; will Congress allow our country to descend into total fascism and dictatorship, or will they stand tall and fight for our Constitution, Bill of Rights and The Rule of Law?The “answer will manifest itself in the next couple of months, but if the Senate passes S 1959, and Congress still refuses to perform their duty, we can all say good-bye to a free and democratic America.
FOOTNOTE: I believe this protest is far from over; Since this Op-Ed was published just a few hours ago, there have been over 17,311 hits on this site, approximately 15 to 20 % which are commercial, i.e. search engines, tracking services, etc., however there have been colleges all over the United States again reading this information, and by tomorrow, maybe there will be enough people calling in to effectively clog the email and phone systems in Washington, which would force the Mainstream News Media to acknowledge this important protest against S 1959 and the peoples’ will to impeach Bush, Cheney, and Pelosi. This is a movement by and for the people, and it grew from nothing more than exposing the truth – something Americans have been hidden from for far too long. My bet is still on the American people, not the Presidency, Congress, or any other entity. When it’s all said and done, this country operates on the hard work of Middle-class America, and it is those people who are most effected by this pending legislation – and Americans are finally expressing their disgust and demand for a return to our constitutional roots..
Today, my traffic is more than triple of what it was yesterday, and now this article has been published on Op-Ed News at this LINK and it’s more than obvious this is a matter that is drawing the ire and concern of anyone that reads about this Bill. The Mainstream News Media is refusing to even discuss the Bill, and in my opinion, the Congress is attempting to pas this Bill with the majority of America blind to its very existence. This fact in itself should be a wake-up call to all of us who choose to live in a free and democratic society. Please, lend your voices, and the call is going out today that tomorrow, we will attempt to deluge the Congressional phone systems so they will have to listen. This issue is being discussed on almost every liberal/progressive Blog, Newsgroup, and Discussion forum throughout America. My deepest gratitude to the “Stumbleupon Community”, who today and yesterday, joined in with a movement that appears to be spreading like wildfire throughout America, as it Did with the “Digg Community” and several other sites that have taken-up this cause. My special gratitude also goes out to CampusProgress.org, as the number of colleges who are reading and reacting to this message is humbling and deeply appreciated.