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February 12, 2008
By Sam Stein, Huffington Post
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) thinks legal action against the Bush administration may be needed if the president pursues a long-term military presence in Iraq without Congress’ approval.
“I’m not convinced we don’t need to have a lawsuit ready,” Webb told the Huffington Post. “This is a classic separation of powers issue. I started to talk to people about this today.”
In recent days the administration has seemingly backed away from attempting to secure extended military-to-military relationship with the Iraqi government to replace a current U.N. Mandate. Webb and others — most notably Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Hillary Clinton — have pushed legislation that would restrict federal money for any such agreement unless it came in the form of a congressional treaty. And while a victory on that front seems within grasp, the possibility still exists, Webb warned, for the administration to ultimately circumvent congressional input.
“They are characterizing this as within the authority of the Executive Branch. They will wait to August when everyone is at the conventions, and leave it on our doorstep,” said the Virginia Democrat. “If the Senate hasn’t acted by then, they are going to announce an agreement between the Executive Branch and Iraq.”
February 8, 2008
ImpeachPac – Congressman Wexler urges support for Cheney Impeachment Hearings
The following members of Congress have joined as signatories to my letter to Chairman Conyers in support of Cheney Impeachment Hearings:
(*= member of the Judiciary Committee)
Baldwin, Tammy, WI, 2nd *
Capuano, Michael E., MA, 8th
Clarke, Yvette D., NY, 11th
Clay, Wm. Lacy, MO, 1st
Cohen, Steve, TN, 9th *
Farr, Sam, CA, 17th
Grijalva, RaÃºl M., AZ, 7th
Gutierrez, Luis V., IL, 4th *
Kucinich, Dennis J., OH, 10th
Lee, Barbara, CA, 9th
Moore, Gwen, WI, 4th
Moran, James P., VA, 8th
Thompson, Mike, CA, 1st
Towns, Edolphus, NY, 10th
Woosley, Lynn, CA, 6th
Wexler, Robert, FL, 19th *
Wynn, Albert Russell, MD, 4th
January 26, 2008
After Downing Street, Andrea Miller – I joined the impeachment rally yesterday at Bobby Scott’s office; it was excellent and there were about 15 people. Everyone at the rally went upstairs to Bobby Scott’s office and Chris Dorsey spoke eloquently about the need for impeachment and how the Cheney/Bush impeachment has nothing to do with partisanship. Most notably we had the Ron Paul Virginia coordinator with us (though the office did not know about this affiliation). Allan added that we are recruiting new blood for Congress that will support impeachment as the will of the people. He told the staffer that there are new candidates in the 8th, 1st and 10th; I added that I was running in the 4th.
I think this double-tack may help to have an impact. As new people step up to run, this should encourage the old guard to carefully consider where they stand with their constiuency and are they out of touch. Bobby Scott’s office is in a predominantly African-American neighborhood and we got honks for impeachment from everyone driving by including police and fire folks driving official vehicles.
I think we need to now have the “suits” approach Bobby Scott as well as the extreme activists. We need to show support in the movement from all walks of life (in short everybody that votes for Bobby Scott — or the new candidate that more closely reflects their political goals and ideals.)
September 30, 2007
On Friday, September 21st, at lunchtime, a couple of Chesapeake Citizen farmers took the country’s growing hunger for Impeachment into the Longworth and Rayburn House Office Buildings.
We reckon our public servants in the House ought to know what the majority of Americans want from them, and old-fashioned citizen lobbying has proved ‘fruitless’ to date.
We were warmly welcomed by security personnel at the building’s entrance. A security staff member even kindly took our photo (using our camera).
Once inside, we visited Rep. Kucinich’s office to give him peaches in gratitude for H. Res 333, and we stopped in at Rep. Conyers’ office to offer him peaches in exchange for impeachment.
We then sang and strolled as we made our way to the cafeterias of both buildings, where we placed delicious peaches on the lunch tables of smiling staffers.
What we sang as we walked through the hallowed halls and crowsed cafeterias:
“Peaches, apples, pears are still ripe,
But rotten criminals must go.
Peaches, apples, pears are still ripe
But Bush and Cheney must go.
Reap what you sow.
And Congress you should know
You too will reap what you sow.”
Chesapeake Citizens utilizes true stories, geography and the imagination to re-dream our watershed back into its ongoing 10,000-year role as abundant, life-sustaining provider for all. We create and support: reparations, social justice actions, diverse democracy, and a thriving regional eco-economy.
At last Saturday’s DC ANSWER anti-war rally, eight Chesapeake Citizens had a splendid time doing our sublime and ridiculous Ripe imPeach Farmers Market Musical Street Theater Action. We sang adaptations of agrarian themed nursery rhymes, accompanied by an accordion, a cow bell, and egg and apple shakers. We also gave away dozens of ripe local peaches to hungry activists.
The time is ripe for impeachment, and impeachment will preserve our Constitution.
This absurd humorous action was created as a sane response to the absurd and tragic fact that Bush and Cheney have committed more impeachable crimes than any other administration in our country’s history, and yet Congress is doing nothing.
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August 24, 2007
For a Man in the Middle on Iraq, Church Provides No Sanctuary
By Dana Milbank
The sign outside Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke announces that it is a “liberal, welcoming religious community.” For Rep. Tom Davis yesterday, it was more liberal than welcoming.
The Virginia Republican, a possible Senate candidate who supports the Iraq war, had bravely agreed to attend a meeting of the antiwar Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. It was a journey into the belly of the beast, and Davis got out in one piece. Almost.
"I just want you to know that,
when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
-Bush, June 18, 2002
"War is Peace"
-Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984