March 9, 2006
Calls for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and cohort
Vice-President Dick Cheney grow louder and stronger with each passing
week. This past week, members of the mainstream media and others joined
the swelling chorus of voices pushing for Congressional impeachment
The March 2006 issue of Harpers magazine features an essay entitled The Case of Impeachment, in which author Lewis Lapham concludes, "Before
reading the report, I wouldn't have expected to find myself thinking
that such a course of action was either likely or possible; after
reading the report, I don't know why we would run the risk of not
impeaching the man.
We have before us in the White House a thief who steals the
country's good name and reputation for his private interest and
personal use; a liar who seeks to instill in the American people a
state of fear; a televangelist who engages the United States in a
never-ending crusade against all the world's evil, a wastrel who
squanders a vast sum of the nation's wealth on what turns out to be a
recruiting drive certain to multiply the host of our enemies. In a word, a criminal—known to be armed and shown to be dangerous. "
And in The Nation, Elizabeth Holzman, who served four terms in the US House of Representatives, writes, "Like
many others, I have been deeply troubled by Bush's breathtaking scorn
for our international treaty obligations under the United Nations
Charter and the Geneva Conventions. I have also been disturbed by the
torture scandals and the violations of US criminal laws at the highest
levels of our government ....
As a matter of constitutional law, these and other misdeeds constitute grounds for the impeachment of President Bush.
A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law--and
repeatedly violates the law--thereby commits high crimes and
misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment and removal
And one of my favorite best-selling authors, the genial and brilliant Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion, wrote in Salon last week, "According
to the leaders of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, our country is
practically as vulnerable today as it was on 9/10. Our seaports are
wide open, our airspace is not secure except for the nation's capital,
and little has been done about securing the nuclear bomb materials
lying around in the world. They give the administration D's and F's in
most categories of defending against terrorist attack.
Our adventure in Iraq, at a cost of trillions, has brought that
country to the verge of civil war while earning us more enemies than
ever before. And tax money earmarked for security is being dumped into
pork barrel projects anywhere somebody wants their own SWAT team.
Detonation of a nuclear bomb within our borders -- pick any big city --
is a real possibility, as much so now as five years ago.....
The U.S. Constitution provides a simple ultimate way to hold him
to account for war crimes and the failure to attend to the country's
defense. Impeach him and let the Senate hear the evidence.
Cities from California and Vermont have passed legislation urging impeachment hearings for
Bush and usually Cheney, and liberal-leaning groups from Minnesota,
North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, Nevada and
beyond have called for impeachment proceedings.
Impeachment momentum has been building since June 2005 when Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and 12 other members of Congress hand-delivered to the White House a petition signed by 560,000 Americans demanding that President Bush address smoking-gun (via the Downing Street Memos) evidence that the Bush Administration lied to Congress and the American people in order to start the Iraq War.
As far back as November 2005, a Zogby poll showed that 51% of Americans favored impeachment for President Bush if he "did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq."
In December 2005, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), a pastor and 40-year civil rights leader, became the first member of Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Bush "if he broke the law in authorizing spying on Americans."
And also in late 2005, liberal activist Bob Fertik founded ImpeachPac to "support
Democratic candidates for Congress who support the immediate and
simultaneous impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney for their Iraq
War lies." The PAC has already attracted tens of thousands in
online contributions and serves as the informal "go to" website for
impeachment news and info.
Many believe, however, that Bush impeachment garnered great momentum on January 16, 2006, when Al Gore delivered his brilliant Martin Luther King, Jr, Day speech, in which he firmly proclaimed, "...the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently. A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. "
In late January 2006, Insight magazine, owned by the Bush-friendly conservative-insider newspaper The Washington Times, reported that "The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress."
In late February 2006, CBS News reported that "President
Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent,
while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high. Americans
are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a
Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports.
Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they're
opposed to the agreement. "
And on March 7, 2006, Matthew Rothschild, editor of the respected The Progressive, eloquently wrote, "At
the Constitutional Convention, the drafters had originally restricted
impeachment to 'treason' and 'bribery.'....After some wrangling over
wording, the founders agreed to James Madison’s phrase 'high crimes and
And that is exactly what George W. Bush has been committing: He’s been subverting our Constitution, and he has repeatedly violated his oath of office to 'faithfully execute' his duties and to 'preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.'
He has done so in four key areas: in the Iraq War, in detentions
here at home and abroad, in the torture scandal, and in the NSA
warrantless spying program."
Now, in mid-March of 2006, the Impeach Bush & Cheney movement grows louder and stronger each week.
Chances are slim that in this Republican-dominated 109th
Congress, impeachment hearings will commence. But given current
overwhelming public opinion against all major Bush administration
initiatives, the November 2006 Congressional elections could
significantly change the balance of partisan power in Washington DC.
And if the balance of power changes, then Congressional impeachment hearings woud be a major possibility.
-- Downing Street Memos- What Are They? What Do They Mean?
-- Landmark Speech by Al Gore on US Constitutional Crisis Created by President Bush