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April 2, 2008

An Impeachment Ad Congress Will Read! Please donate.

Filed under: Impeachment Events — Mikael @ 11:10 am

(IFP received the following information from: “We the People” National Coalition for Impeachment.)

We want to run this Impeachment ad on Tuesday, April 29 in Roll Call, the Capitol Hill paper ALL members of Congress and their staffs read avidly:

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The ad answers House Speaker Pelosi’s argument-echoed by many House members (perhaps your Representative)-that President Bush and Vice President Cheney will be out of office by January 30 “so why bother with impeachment?”

If House members don’t “bother” with impeachment, they are permitting all the “high-crime precedents” that Nixon and Bush and Cheney have put in place to be used by future presidents. And those “Presidential Precedents” will nullify Congress, overthrow the Constitution and democracy-and set up a “unitary executive” dictatorship.

Impeachment NOW will stop these high-crime precedents-cold!!

This 1/4th page ad emphasizes “Presidential Precedents” to Congress. But it will cost $3,715 to appear in Roll Call. We need contributions NOW to cover that cost so your Congressional Representative will see it on Tuesday, April 29.

Make your contribution through Paypal.com to this email address: DemocracyforOregon@gmail.com for credit charge or bank account transfers.

To give by check, make it payable to Democracy for Oregon at 6428 SE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97202.

If you have any questions, please call Marcia Meyers at: (503) 665-3957

“We the People” National Coalition for Impeachment
For More Information, Click on: www.Impeachbush.tv


8 Comments

  1. Get a better font. At first I thought it said “When Nixon SPLED on us.” Seriously, something legible and can easily distinguish between “i” and “l” would be nice.

    Comment by Bahamut — April 2, 2008 @ 11:59 am

  2. When will this finally sink in…these man will never be impeached. They could shank their own Mothers with a sharpened toothbrush head, and they will not be brought up on charges. Our whitehouse, our congress, our judical system were all bought and paid for long ago by Washington bureaucrats, the Federal Reserve, and several other high powered officials long ago. We have no say. We are slaves just as much as they are slaves to their masters. Give it up and try to live your life in peace. Keep thinking – they haven’t made it illegal yet.

    Comment by Roach — April 2, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  3. Bahanut,

    Thank you for volunteering to redo these posters for distribution. When can we expect your ‘new and improved’ version to be available?

    Comment by Mikael — April 2, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  4. What did they do that is an impeachable offense?

    Comment by Dmitri — April 2, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

  5. Where’s the DONATE FOR THIS AD link?

    I tried going to http://www.Impeachbush.tv and still don’t see a link there.

    Please put a donation link in your story above. You are linked on Reddit’s front page.

    [Jay, there are two ways given at the bottom of the article by which to donate, by credit or debit card through PayPal, which now has a link, or by check or money order to the postal address given. There is also a phone number to call if you have any questions. Click on the "more" link at the bottom of the truncated version of the article on our face page to see the entire article.]

    Comment by jay — April 2, 2008 @ 5:17 pm

  6. Mikael,

    Bahanut made an excellent point. You ask for donations and then act like a jerk when someone offers constructive criticism? I hope no one donates.

    [Tread, our policy in dealing with any suggestions and ideas coming from anyone inside or outside our organization is that the person making the suggestion is responsible for taking on the task and seeing that it gets carried out. We do this because we get a thousand suggestions for every person who actually steps up to volunteer. Everybody's a critic but it takes the rare combination of intelligence and integrity to actually, as Ghandi so aptly put " become the change you wish to see in others". What are you willing to contribute to the cause of salvaging our Democratic Republic from the domestic enemies to it residing in the White House and wandering the walls of Congress if not your money? Anything? Anything at all?]

    Comment by Tread — April 2, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  7. Another thing: a move for impeachment would perhaps make the rest of the world not think were a bunch of dolts.

    Comment by Jimmy Boy — April 2, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

  8. Yes–donating what I can for ROLL CALL ad. We *must* keep trying! Exactly for PRECEDENT, that the road of the near and distant future is not worse than that which we have already wrought.

    Also, please–individuals and groups (left, right, patriots of all stripes, religious organizations, unions, veterans, undocumented immigrants, students in solidarity)–pledge your support and intention to participate in the MAY 1 STRIKE being called by the Longshore Caucus delegates of the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU). WE must begin to take back our country (as your group here has been fighting for all along)! ILWU is protesting the Iraq War May 1. Pledge To Impeach (PTI) has been promoting a nationwide comprehensive strike / boycott tactic for IMPEACHMENT for 4 years. http://www.PledgeToImpeach.ORG Read our strategy and, if you agree, sign our confidential Pledge (so that we will have your email addy to contact you regarding the strike) and ask groups you are affiliated with to contact Admin@PledgeToImpeach.org re standing in solidarity by urging their members to strike MAY 1. PTI is submitting a letter of groups endorsing this action to ILWU.

    Freedom through Solidarity!

    Comment by P. Thomas — April 3, 2008 @ 9:20 am

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• If we impeach Bush, we’ll get President Cheney!
The first impeachment resolution introduced by McKinney included Bush, Cheney, and Rice. Although, even if we only initially pursue Bush, initiating the impeachment process will lead to an investigation that will implicate lots of people in the Bush administration who are guilty of committing crimes, including Cheney.

No matter who we get to replace Bush, we’ll be showing those in power that anyone who breaks the law will be held accountable.

• Promoting impeachment will seem too “extreme.”
Demanding that crimes be investigated is NOT extreme. Some previous impeachment attempts were considered extreme because they were pursued for actions that didn't rise to the level of a Constitutional crisis, which is what the impeachment tool is meant to be used for. Nixon's impeachment, however, was bipartisan.

  • We should wait to impeach...
Wait to impeach? We've waited 3 or more years too long already. We had enough evidence to impeach years ago. Remember, an impeachment only means you have enough evidence to warrant a trial, just like an indictment. Our congress people didn't take an oath to bipartisanship. They took an oath to the Constitution. Besides which, our troops, Iraqi civilians, and our own civil liberties are all waiting for this.
 
• Before we impeach, we should get some legislation passed...
And with unconstitutional Presidential Signing Statements, veto power, and the power of "Commander in Chief" at his disposal, how do you think Congress is going to get anything accomplished without first impeaching Bush?

If your tire blows while you're driving, do you stop to fix it? Or do you continue driving on your rim because to stop would take too much time?

• It hurts the democracy to go through a presidential impeachment. And Bush is a lame duck anyway.
Holding government officials accountable for their actions strengthens our democracy. Letting lawlessness stand weakens it.

Sometimes reprimanding a child (president) doesn't make the family (Washington) a happy place. But you still have to do it so the child and his siblings (future presidents) learn about accountability. Impeachment is horribly UNDERUSED, which is part of why there's so much corruption at the top. Politicians must learn to fear it. People think things are better because we improved the make-up of our law-making body, Congress. But Bush is BREAKING LAWS. So, it doesn't matter how many laws Congress passes if they don't serve their OVERSIGHT duties as well by impeaching. They swore to defend the Constitution. What are laws without enforcement?

Besides, considering Bush's track-record of breaking laws, he can still do a lot of damage. Our troops, Iran, and our Supreme Court are all endangered so long as he remains in office. Waiting until Bush is out of office will leave us complicit in any further crimes he commits. The Union of Concerned Scientists has estimated that the death toll from a "tactical" nuclear weapon of the kind Bush is contemplating using in Iran would be at minimum 3 million men, women, and children. The path of death would stretch across country boundaries into India.

Perhaps worst of all, we set a terrible precedent by allowing Bush to stay in office after he's broken so many laws. Impeachment will stop future presidents from using Bush's actions as justification for even more lawbreaking and erosion of civil liberties.

• I'm a Democrat/
Republican. If we support impeachment it will lower the chances of my party winning in 2008.

So, your party would rather win elections than do what's right for the country? I hope you're wrong. I also hope the public is willing to throw additional support to any party that holds our elected officials accountable for their actions. This has been historically true with every single impeachment effort launched. And this impeachment effort would begin with majority support (unlike most past impeachments including Nixon).

• Impeachment will never happen. Congress members will block it.
Well, all we need is a majority of support in the House. And 2/3rds vote in the Senate to remove Bush from office will happen once the evidence gets aired on the floor of the House, and subsequently the national media outlets. The political pressure will become too great.

Today's impossibility is tomorrow's reality. Congress members will realize that tying their political future to Bush reduces their chances of getting elected. Remember, one way or another, Bush is gone by 2009— but members of Congress may retain their offices beyond that date. Bush's poll numbers are extremely low, and most Americans support impeachment. This is a bipartisan movement. This means that if we make the pressure unbearable for Members of Congress, they'll turn on him to keep their own seats (like they did with Nixon). It's already starting to happen. While many Members of Congress have behaved unethically in the last few years, it's important to understand that this is related to their warped view of what's in their self-interest. Let's wake them up to their true self-interest (impeaching the president), by showing them our support for impeachment.

And even if we only impeach, and the Senate fails to do their duty and remove him from office, it will only implicate the Senators who fail to do their sworn Constitutional duty.

• But Speaker of the House Pelosi said that Impeachment was "off the table."

Pelosi most likely said this to remove any appearance of conflict-of-interest that would arise if she were thrust into the presidency as a result of the coming impeachment. What we need to do is to pressure Pelosi not to interfere with impeachment maneuverings within her party. Sending her Do-It-Yourself impeachments legitimizes her when she joins the impeachment movement in the future.

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