Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Rep. Conyers works toward Bush impeachment
In response to the Report, I have already taken a number of actions. First, I have introduced a resolution ... creating a Select Committee with subpoena authority to investigate the misconduct of the Bush Administration with regard to the Iraq war and report on possible impeachable offenses....
Second, I have introduced Resolutions regarding both President Bush ... and Vice-President Cheney ... proposing that they be censured by Congress....
As you know, taking these steps means that I am likely to be criticized by the political and media establishments in Washington and attacked by the right wing noise machine. There is a school of thought among Washington political consultants that criticizing the President about Iraq will make Democrats appear to be weak on national security. There is a media establishment that marginalizes politicians for espousing beliefs held by the majority of Americans. The right wing noise machine in turn retaliates against the President’s critics.
Be that as it may, I just could not be silent any longer. The title of the report is exactly right: the Constitution is in Crisis. There are serious and well-substantiated allegations that the Executive Branch has usurped the sole power of the Congress to declare war by deceiving the Congress about the evidence for war. There are serious and well-substantiated allegations that the Executive Branch has deceived the American people to manufacture the people’s consent for war.
If you agree with me, I am going to need your help like never before....
I know your mailbox is full of such appeals (mine is!), but when a Congressman asks for help from the public to censure/impeach Bush, we really must support him.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Euphemism of the Day
You will hear this phrase a lot until the furor over Bush's authorization of domestic spying in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) dies down.