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November 14, 2006

Impeachment: A Moral Imperative

Filed under: Impeach for Peace — Mikael @ 9:11 am

(As published on OpEdNews November 15th, 2006)


I am hearing the following specious argument from various sources: Now that the “good guys” will rule the roost, all is well in D.C. and it is best just to ignore the past and let Pied Piper Pelosi guide us into an American Eden full of buttercups and lollipops and free beer for all.

I am also hearing a veritable Greek chorus of: “Impeachment will never happen” from those that actually do think it would be a great idea if it were possible.

That ain’t the way a participatory democratic republic works, folks.

No doubt the future is suddenly much, much brighter. House Representative Pelosi’s (D-CA) “First 100 Days” plan is a good one, certainly. The talk of finally extricating ourselves from the Iraq debacle is welcome news as is discussion of reversing the potential horrors of the Military Commissions Act and other horrible recent pieces of legislation.

The Democratic Congress’ positive agenda will move our country forward, repairing some of the damage done and innovatively breaking new ground as well. Even actual conservatives can look forward to the end of this NeoCon tangent and work for the restoration of fiscal conservativism, citizen privacy, “States Rights” and smaller, less invasive government with a balance of power among the three branches again.

Choosing to ignore the past, however, would be as naive as a victim of domestic assault not wanting to press charges. The result will eventually be more of the same. You are just going to get beaten again, and probably much more viciously. It is not a matter of “if”, but “when” – maybe next time to death.

We were bitten by a snake. The wound must be lanced and the venom removed, or it will leech into our collective bloodstream and inevitably target our national heart. Allowing this wound to “heal over” not only won’t lead to a healthy future, it will assure the exact opposite.

Crimes have been committed. Not a few. Very, very many. Not just the break-in of a campaign office or a President getting lipstick on his cigar in the Oral Office. People have died because of these crimes – the lives of hundreds of thousands of families irretrievably destroyed. Some of these crimes are gross violations of the Geneva Accords and Nuhremberg Principles – identical to those for which Nazis were convicted and put to death. Our national treasury has been looted to the benefit of crony corporations. Our international reputation is in shambles. Our global Intelligence capabilities have been severely, treasonously compromised. The Constitution has had its throat cut and is lying in the gutter with no promise of a single Democratic Senator bending a knee to save its life.

The investigative work into prewar lies and related matters by Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI). is already well underway. An excellent preliminary treatise: “George W. Bush versus the U.S. Constitution” has been researched and published by his staff.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, The Bush Crimes Commission, World Can’t Wait, After Downing Street and ImpeachforPeace.org, among others, have laid out remarkably comprehensive reports on the crimes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their Administration.

The case for impeachment is undeniably solid. Conyers will head the Judiciary Committee with the threat of full subpoena power if needed to rapidly confirm the crimes we are already aware of. More crimes are likely to be unearthed in the process as the antiseptic of truth throws light on this dark era.

New head of the Government Reform Committee, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has said that “I’m going to have an interesting time because (the GRC) has jurisdiction over everything…” and “The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose.” (AP).

We are a nation of laws. No American is above the law. The appropriate remedy for the temporary resident public servants in federal offices who violate the law is impeachment. We aren’t shopping for shoes here, Condi. This isn’t an optional step. This is prosecution of law deeply seated in the Constitution of the United States as it used to exist – indeed our very, inalienable moral fiber. To not enforce these laws is to set ourselves up for history to repeat itself in short order. To not undo the new preposterously overgrown Executive authority is to invite some future President – ANY future President – to snap his or her fingers and become a virtual dictator in a heartbeat. To “do nothing” would be a slap in the face of every patriot who bled for our freedoms. Give me liberty.

The Nancy Pelosi-led (D-CA) House will continue to advance a positive agenda in other committees and votes as the information made public during House hearings led by Waxman and Conyers should quickly make an impeachment recommendation unavoidable. In short order a recommendation to impeach should reach the floor of the House for a vote.

A simple majority in the House voting to recommend impeachment to the Senate should be a “slam dunk” after the public finally more fully awakens from its FAUXnews-induced slumber. They will become apprised of the full devious intent of these traitors and DEMAND that their Representatives sign onto the bill that will replace H.R. 635 – which expired along with the Bill of Rights and Habeas Corpus as the heinous 109th Congress recessed.

There is the kicker. It is up to us. It is up to you. The “People’s House” must hear from us. Your Representative must hear from you. Four Hundred and Thirty Five Representatives must be buried in letters, e-mails, phone calls and visits demanding thorough investigations leading to impeachment. If they “drag anchor” on us, then veteran and first-time protesters must take up permanent residence outside their offices and expose their complicity.

What will this mean? Does it mean we’ll get another “President Dick”? Hardly. Vice President Cheney, who has indicated he may ignore subpoenas, will be triple indicted for every “W” crime revealed and could easily be convicted through “open source” evidence discovered by a googling High School “C” student. Richard “Stand Down” Cheney may quickly resign for “health reasons” in hope of a rapid “skapegoat” conviction and a Presidential pardon for confirmed felonies before the flood of evidence reaches the top office. This would force Bush into a situation akin to his recent campaigning where some candidates were “no-shows” for fear of adverse association with this President and his now 31% approval rating.

How eager are national Republicans facing re-election to have this President, whose approval rating has scuttled to a depth to which neither Nixon nor Clinton ever suffered, to be the national face of their party in the two year run-up to the election of 2008 which commenced November 8th?

Of course Pelosi, Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean and even Conyers have downplayed impeachment – as they should. It isn’t up to them. It isn’t up to the House. It isn’t up to the new Democratic Senate majority. An impeachment conviction requires a two thirds vote in the Senate. It will be up to the Republican Senate minority.

More to the fact, it is up to you. You are the one you have been waiting for. Your vote on November 7th was critical. Your commitment to holding this Administration comprehensively accountable is absolutely essential.

Senate Republicans, if handed a recommendation to impeach by the House will be faced with a very tough choice as the world watches them confront a most stubborn, arrogant and unrepentent Connecticut Cowboy President and his mephistophelian inner circle:

a). Fight impeachment and continue to be revealed as rubber-stamping, lickspittle enablers of Treasonous War Criminals who were intent on a heavy-handed crackdown and takeover of all things American. Vote “No” and get washed out in the second Blue Wave of 2008.

b). Play the “I had no idea all of this was going on” card to desperately distance themselves from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Abramoff, Ney, DeLay, Foley, et al, vote “Yes” and possibly hang onto their cushy position of power through the next election cycle.

Would you go down with this Titanic?

Impeachment isn’t a good or bad idea. Impeachment is a moral imperative. It is the proper remedy prescribed by our founding fathers for circumstances precisely such as these. Impeachment is essential for the hope of future health of our nation.

We the People must impeach those who regard America, its military, its electorate and a soverign foreign nation simply resources to exploit in order to fatten their bank accounts and expand their personal power.

Leaders all over the nation are calling out for justice. Follow, or get the hell out of our way.

~ Mikael Rudolph, American Citizen damn proud of that fact once again.


  1. On a personal basis I have long thought Bush and Cheney should be impeached, but, to keep it short, in the grand scheme of things, the liability of impeachment was greater than “stay the course.” However, the more I reflect upon the issue, the more I see impeachment as appropriate. That is especially true after I put some thought into the Iraq Study Group. In essence, we are considering the option of letting a bunch of consultants run the country. You can read the details of my ramblings on the Baker Boys at http://www.thepoliticalchase.com/journal/2006/11/14/a-study-group-making-war-policy.html

    (Moderator’s note: For further information supporting David’s excellent comment, see: William Rivers Ritt’s article on Truthout, entitled: “The Carlyle White House” )

    Comment by David — November 14, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

  2. One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name (“Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham”), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the “official story” being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only “testifying” together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their “testimonies” not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

    Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
    someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
    still more debunking Poopular Mechanics:
    and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

    Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
    another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
    Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission “report”:
    N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
    F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
    Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles&SubSection=Display&PUBLICATION_ID=25&ARTICLE_ID

    Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
    USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
    Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
    Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
    Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
    Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
    Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
    Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
    Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
    Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
    Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
    The pyroclastic wave (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
    Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
    Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
    More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
    Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
    Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
    More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
    Naudet brothers’ video footage of the North Tower crash:
    Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):
    More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:
    Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
    More about the fake “Osama” tape:
    Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
    Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
    More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
    Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
    More about the impossible cell phone calls:
    Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
    Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
    Where the hell was the Air Force?
    More about the Air Force impotence question:
    Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
    Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
    Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
    More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
    The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
    Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
    Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
    9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
    The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
    Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
    Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
    Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
    Tracking the “hijackers”:
    “Hijacker” patsies:
    “Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
    No Arabs on Flight 77:
    Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
    “Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
    Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
    Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

    Comment by Enlightenment — November 15, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

  3. Let’s party like it’s 2006!

    We won! There should be dancing in the streets.

    We should be rejoicing our victory, instead some would rather look at the glass, and say it is empty. I realize there is still a lot to be accomplished, however, we won!! We didn’t have to don orange and storm the capital in order to achieve this goal. We simply cast our ballots and their house of cards began crumbling around them.

    Nancy Pelosi recently told Wolf Blitzer, “Impeachment is off the table”. That does not mean that it is off the table forever. At this time of upheaval and change, it seems that she may be attempting to tread lightly. She understands, as do all of the new members in the House and Senate, that this election was a referendum on Iraq and the President. However; she wants to be smart about it, and conduct oversight thoroughly and above-board.

    There is so much at stake, such as the upcoming 2008 Presidential election, not to mention the lives of the soldiers who are still in Iraq. When the Judiciary Committee, headed up by John Conyers, begins looking into the crimes of this administration, and subpoenas are issued, then we can fight to make sure that justice is done. No justice, no peace! Already, Henry Waxman, who takes over the Government Reform Committee, has talked of the investigations which will be undertaken. His main dilemma now, it seems, is choosing where to start; which unlawful offense should be investigated first?

    Watching Bush squirm during his press conference the day after the election, was the ultimate vindication. The piece de resistance came when he announced the dismissal of their latest fall guy, Don Rumsfeld. I expected Bush to say “You done a heck of a job, Rummy” at some point. Isn’t it ironic that both Rumsfeld and his good buddy Saddam Hussein both received harsh sentences in the same week? The King of the house of cards cried “off with their heads!” in well-timed manipulative fashion.

    Robert Gates, another Bush crony and a member of the “bipartisan” Iraq Study Group, will most likely be Rumsfeld’s successor (meet the new boss, same as the old boss). A simple Google search brings up many interesting facts on Gates, a former CIA Director appointed by Bush’s Daddy. I’m hopeful that the now powerful Democrats will fight this nomination.

    The comedy of errors which is the Bush Administration is better than any aspiring writer could ever hope for; the punchlines just write themselves. Truth (or their facsimile of) is truly much stranger than any fiction could ever be. Case in point: who could have ever created a plot line involving the head of FEMA having no qualifications other than being a former Commissioner for the International Arabian Horses Association? Approximately 230 books have been written about this administration during Bush’s 6 years as President, compared to 157 published on the Clinton presidency from 1993 to 1998. I would be willing to wager that a vast majority of the Bush books have had a negative view of our now Lame Duck President.

    The levee has been breached, and the sea of change is on it’s way.

    Comment by Donna — November 17, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

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