Saturday, July 14, 2007

Open letter to Speaker Pelosi…

Are we a nation ruled by law, or are we not?

If we are a nation ruled by law, it is time for George Bush and Dick Cheney to be called to account for their many crimes against this country. Their actions are exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they outlined the process of impeachment. To continue to give this administration a free pass literally puts our nation in grave peril. It is your duty as an elected representative to respond to the will of the people. It is your sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States. The impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney follows directly from these two, most fundamental, duties that comprise the primary responsibility of your office. Abdicating this responsibility in the interest of decorum or expedience is not an option. By what logic did you declare that “impeachment is off the table”?

If we are not a nation ruled by law, we might as well dissolve the legislature now, rather than continue with the ruse. At least then we would know where we, the people, stand. To allow this imperial presidency to continue with its grievous abuses, unchecked, is to declare by default that laws do not matter, and that our “checks and balances” are naught but a pretty pretense.

PLEASE: Begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney, NOW!

James Madison wrote: “If the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty...”

Madison’s words could not be more applicable than to President Bush’s commutation of Libby’s sentence (that was well within the sentencing guidelines)! President Bush’s commutation of Libby’s sentence demonstrates to all that Bush has “sheltered” (and will “shelter”) those who would cause real and lasting harm to our nation at his bidding, as Libby so clearly did.

We are suffering under a rogue administration, and until the House of Representatives steps up to the plate, this great nation of ours will be at great risk. This is exactly the purpose of the impeachment proceeding! If you have a reason to evade this most profound responsibility, please state it! It is not acceptable to simply decree that “impeachment is not on the table.” Impeachment is the only remedy at hand!

I am a lifelong Democrat, and have voted in every single election held since I came of age. As dismayed as I am regarding the Bush Administration, I have to say that I am almost equally dismayed with the anemic response of the Congress we elected in November 2006, with a few exceptions such as Henry Waxman and Patrick Leahy and Barbara Lee. There is no more important business for Congress at this moment in history than righting our ship of state (which of necessity includes impeachment proceedings against at least George Bush and Dick Cheney but probably should also include the impeachment of Attorney General Gonzales); returning all civil liberties to the citizenry; and extricating ourselves from the Mideast Follies of Bush-Cheney.

I beseech you: Begin impeachment proceedings as the top priority of business of Congress, immediately!

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Send your own letter: http://www.speaker.gov/contact/

If you need further inspiration, listen to Bill Moyers as he discusses impeachment with Bruce Fein and John Nichols.

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