Friday, April 20, 2007

They got impeachment down below.

By Libby

The DC Dems may have taken impeachment off the table but the people are clamoring to get it back on the menu.
When Pelosi arrives at the California Democratic Convention in San Diego on April 28--the same day that activists nationwide will rally for presidential accountability--she'll find on the agenda a resolution that declares that the actions of President Bush and Vice President Cheney "warrant impeachment and trial, and removal from office." Delegates are expected to endorse the measure.

Outside Washington, however, an "impeachment from below" movement is gathering steam. ... Talk of impeachment gains traction when it becomes clear that an Administration is unwilling to respect the system of checks and balances or the rule of law.

Citing Thomas Jefferson's Manual of Parliamentary Practice, which makes reference to the authority of state legislatures to propose impeachment, legislators in at least ten states, including Vermont, have now done so.
The DC Dems are dragging their feet, pulling the Cheney card. "Activists have countered with an "Impeach Cheney First!" campaign and a reminder that the Constitution in no way prohibits holding more than one official to account at the same time."

My dear friend D.G. Hall wonders if enough states will get on board. I have a feeling, as this bubbles up from the local city councils, that D.G. will see a much stronger groundswell than he, or I, ever expected.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous D.G. Hall said...

Oh, Libby.

I admire your idealism to no end, but city councils and sneaky state legislators aside, remember the apportionment of votes in the 2004 election. While many Bush voters (including myself, mind you) are more than a little disappointed in the President's performance since that time, we're not quite ready for President Pelosi.

And I'm not even a lockstep GOP'er.

Best,

D.G.

2:08:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I don't know D.G. If you look at the latest polling, the numbers are far more skewed than the election results. I think the surge sent a lot a people over the edge and the ongoing revelations of corruption emerging out of the hearings is only adding to the people's disgust with this administration.

I'm not so sure I'm ready for President Pelosi myself but as the article pointed out, an impeachment threat could well pressure Bush to start listening to the people.

9:40:00 AM  

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