This past Tuesday 4/25, Rep. Dave Zuckerman of Vermont, along with 12 fellow lawmakers, introduced a formal resolution for the Vermont state legislature to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President George W. Bush.
With this resolution, Vermont joined the California and Illinois state legislatures, already embroiled in impeachment debates of their own. These resolutions have been scarcely reported in mainstream news but the blogs are going nuts over it.
Each of the three resolutions mentions Iraq lies, torture and illegal spying, with some variations in specifics.
Assemblyman Paul Koretz, a West Hollywood Democrat, told the Pasadena Weekly this week:
“We’re watching the president exceed his constitutional authority in one area after another. I don’t think we can afford to wait for the next disaster and hope to survive. I think it’s time to start the dialogue about questionable activities by the president.”
Koretz submitted a resolution to the Assembly Rules Committee last Friday 4/21, the day after similar papers were filed in Illinois by Democratic General Assemblywoman Karen Yarbrough.
The House of Representatives Rules Manual, initially drafted by Thomas Jefferson, allows states to submit charges of impeachment to the House for consideration.
Alternet journalist Onnesha Roychoudhuri noted last month that the "i-word" had gone public (alternet.org/story/32977). In an interview with impeachment expert Michael Ratner, Roychoudhuri observed that:
"[T]he distant rumbling is growing louder by the day, creating a resonant echo that is rapidly taking root in public discourse. 'Impeach Him,' reads the cover of this month's Harper's Magazine. And in a public forum in New York City last week, journalists, lawyers and political figures came together to discuss the case against our president."
According to CNN, Bush’s approval rating is at a low 32 percent. As early as last June, a Zogby poll found 42 percent of voters would favor impeachment if Bush was found to have lied about his reasons for going to war with Iraq. On April 12th, 36 percent of those polled by the Los Angeles Times said that if Bush broke the law in regard to unwarranted wiretaps, they felt it was an impeachable offense.
The three states debating impeachment represent nearly 50 million Americans, or roughly 16 percent of the total U.S. population.
What is BushCo. going to do about this? Evan Derkacz in his Alternet article "Impeaching Bush, State by State" (alternet.org/story/35467 ) wrote:
"As promising as this [impeachment] development is, serious questions remain unanswered. If Americans perceive that voting the Republicans out of the House will lead directly to a vote for impeachment hearings, will they instinctively rally around the president despite his unpopularity specifically and the unpopularity of Republicans in general?
Or, more ominously, will an unpopular president, terrified at the possibility of a crushing Republican defeat in '06 and facing impeachment hearings, launch some sort of "October Surprise?"
October Surprise speculation ranges from my colleague Joshua Holland's prediction that measures will be taken to significantly lower gas prices to Dave Lindorff's claim that:
"a number of journalists told me they worried that Bush, Rove and Cheney, if they thought they were going to lose the House in November and face serious investigations into their crimes and deceits, would do something treasonous, like launching a war against Iran, or perhaps allowing another major terrorist attack against a U.S. target, so that they could then clamp down further on domestic freedom and ramp up jingoistic support among their wavering base.""
Let's pray he is wrong about that.
Neil Young has a soon-to-be-released 10-song collection called “Living With War,” on which he calls for impeachment in the song titled simply, “Let’s Impeach the President.” I hope it becomes the soundtrack of the summer of 2006. Actions you can take to help make it so:
Sign an easy click petition addressed to your legislators at: impeachpac.org
Write a letter of support to Paul Koretz. Koretz submitted the resolution amendment to AJR Bill No. 39. It is now in the Assembly Rules Committee which may take up the bill this week for referral, allowing him to formally introduce the amended resolution. AJR 39 is a bill introduced in January by Koretz calling for a moratorium on depleted uranium. Find his contact info here: http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a42/Contact.htm
Find more Californians organizing for impeachment here: pdamerica.org
Find up to the minute news about impeachment here: afterdowningstreet.org
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