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January 8, 2010

The People v. Bush – A New Book

Filed under: Impeachment Progress News — Jodin Morey @ 8:56 am

This just in…
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Exciting news: there’s new life in the accountability movement! The People v Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters Along the Way (Chelsea Green) has just been published. Author Charlotte Dennett will be in Cambridge January 20 at the Harvard Bookstore at 7 pm to discuss it and the following day, January 21, at 7 p.m. in New York City at the 92nd St Y. Vincent Bulgiosi is flying all the way from the west coast and will join Naomi Wolf in helping her launch the book on the 21st.

Also, check this out: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/1/7/822656/-FOIA-Request-Filed-for-OPR-Report-on-Bushs-Lawyers

Charlotte and David Swanson just filed a FOIA request to get the long-supressed internal misconduct report on Bush’s lawyers.

Back to Charlotte’s book: The advance praise has been terrific. Wolf calls Charlotte “one of the gutsiest women in America” for trying to “hold our leaders criminally accountable for shredding the Constitution.” Howard Zinn says her book is “trying to awaken the conscience of the nation.” And David Swanson says, “The eventual success of the accountability movement will be furthered by the success of this remarkable book.”

The People v Bush is not just about Charlotte’s race for attorney general in Vermont pledging to prosecute Bush. She’s recounts stories from our own leaders, and the book even has a ten page appendix listing organizations involved in accountability.

So: mark your calendars: January 20, Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Mass ave in Cambridge and January 21, 92nd St. Y, NY, NY

And, if you can’t make it, spread the word, show your support by buying the book and help her get on the road to promote it! Find out more on how you can help by going to her website, chardennett.org

Thank you. Let’s build the movement!


1 Comment

  1. Jodin, please get with it and begin calling for, and have this site calling for, the impeachment of “O-bomb-thousands-of-people-death”, who is continuing virtually all of the evil, horrific terrorist U.S.-government policies of the Bush administration. O-bomb-a is violating the Constitution, and committing more than impeachable offenses, right and left. We need to start calling for O-bomb-a’s impeachment now, and not wait until a year or two down the road. If you haven’t already considered this, please do so now, and thank you for considering it. Please let me and/or “us” know what your thinking on this matter is, without any of the rationalizations for “being patient with Obama” and/or “giving him time”. Bullpucky! This man and his administration are Constitutional, human rights and war criminals, and they’ve got to go! They’re also continuing the erection of the militarized police state across the U.S., and eradicating our civil liberties and the very Constitution itself. Haven’t you read about O-bomb-a’s “signing statements”—after he swore during his campaign that he would not use signing statements? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for his continuation of BushCON policies.

    Comment by S. Wolf Britain — January 15, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

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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.

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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.
 
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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.

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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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