Friday, April 28, 2006

Democratic Leaders Still Afraid of the "I" Word

Frank Ranelli
April 27, 2006

Why is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposed to the impeachment of George W. Bush? Instead, she is urging Democratic activists to focus on winning seats in the House this November. As a registered democrat and American citizen I outright reject that notion.

Everyday George Bush remains in office, American soldiers and innocent people in Iraq die needlessly, American's phones and computers are illegally wiretapped and the Constitution, through a colluded effort on the part of this current administration, is placed under attack and subverted.

The Center for Constitutional Rights spells out in clear, concise and irrefutable evidence that George W. Bush has committed at minimum four impeachable offenses: warrantless surveillance, misleading Congress on the reasons for the Iraq war, violating laws against torture, and subverting the Constitution’s separation of powers. These leading constitutional scholars agree: “there has never been so strong a case for impeachment since Richard Nixon.”

It is the duty of the House of Representatives to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. In the face of unquestionable proof that George W. Bush has violated his oath of office and committed high crimes against the American people, article of impeachment must be introduced. To suggest, delay or infer that impeachment is not warranted only by the inconvenience of political timing or potential hindrances of a reluctant majority ruling party is a dereliction of duty as members of the House of Representatives.

Have we not already witnessed enough grievances, greed and corruption of the highest level by President Bush? How much further damage to our democracy, to the lives of the American people and the loss of life must we endure, due to the grave and incompetent policies and decisions of President Bush, before Congress acts? How many more lies will you allow the President to tell or civil liberties be dishonored before impeachment, in your view, is warranted?

It is the vision, the will and in the minds of the American people that a necessary and dissenting voice, in a sea of hypocrisy, deceit and arrogant by Mr. Bush, is needed to quell our fall into fascism and tyranny. The erosion of the foundation of our democracy has been systematically chipped away to the point we now precariously teeter as a nation. The checks and balances that are designed to prevent our fall into the abyss of one-party rule and despotism is one blow away from collapse and that fateful plummet.

When if not now, for the preservation of our free society, our Constitutional Rights and the rule of law will impeachment move front and center and stop being falsely marginalized as a mere impulse of a few disenfranchised Americans? The people’s voice is clear: 53% of Americans support impeachment. With whole American cities, such as San Francisco, California and communities the likes of Newfane, Vermont voting on motions to impeach George Bush, I find myself compelled to ask our representatives in Congress to do what is right for our country, not their political party or campaign and introduce articles of impeachment against George W. Bush immediately!

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