Sunday, October 29, 2006

Impeach or Secede??

With eight whole days left before the 2006 elections, I feel my depression of the last month or so lifting. A lot of us have been depressed. Perhaps because we feel so little in control of our fates, waiting on some small percentage of the population to cast the votes that will have some minimal effect on our lives.
If the Republicans somehow keep one house -- or through massive voter fraud both houses! -- we will have massive disgruntlement and some grassroots organizing versus any alleged fraud. But Bush will start his war on Iran and silence dissent, including of elected Democrats. If the Democrats take the House, the grass roots will rise, organize and demand impeachment. The Democrats may or may not go along. Either way, Bush will start his war on Iran and silence dissent, including of elected Democrats.


Nevertheless perhaps we should try to be optimistic that Bush and company won't have the chutzpah or ability to steal the elections -- or go to war on Iran -- either before or after the grassroots rise and demand impeachment. Of course, it is doubtful that the Democrats, fearful of starting a tradition of impeachment, will do so. They'd rather have a powerless corrupt president than have to impeach one bad apple, get another, Cheney -- and then have to impeach him. And end up with whatever horror Cheney might choose to replace him -- John Negroponte? Richard Perle? Or maybe John McCain, knowing that might assure the Republicans win in 2008. (But let's not give them any ideas!)

Under our very imperfect constitution, impeachment is one of the few punishments citizens can impose on their leaders. Politicians' refusing to do so is just one more in the long chain of abuses that presses us on to a new declaration of independence from our current form of government. So the slogan IMPEACH OR SECEDE is one of many that we may find ourselves being able to promote -- or consider adopting -- in the coming year or so.
Below is a photo of our October 28 UNITED WE SUCK Halloween protest at the White House. Mocking Bush and warning him of what is to come. See the silly video.

1 comment:

Jodin said...

Do-It-Yourself Impeachment, no joke.
The Citizens' movement!

The day the nation demands impeachment is almost upon us. On Jan 3rd, sacks and sacks of mail will be sent to congress demanding impeachment via the House of Representative's own rules. This legal document is as binding as if a State or if the House itself passed the impeachment resolution (H.R. 635).

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the "Jefferson Manual" in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.

That's where we come in. In addition to the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial., part of the movement to impeach the president, has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.


You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in. Be a part of history.