Left in the West
Beaverhead Democrats urge impeachment
by: Jay Stevens
On September 11 this year, Democrats from Beaverhead county met and decided to call for the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney. Members of the Beaverhead Democrats are drafting letters for our Congressional delegation – Rehberg, Baucus, and Tester – to that effect.
The discussion was heated. Many wanted to avoid making the statement, because they felt it would alienate voters in a conservative county where Democrats already have a hard time winning seats. Others felt like it would be a futile gesture. But no one claimed that our country’s top officials weren’t guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, and in the end, the call for impeachment won the day:
Following lengthy discussion, it was agreed in the meeting that emphasis in the letters should be on impeachment as a constitutional remedy to the dangerous excesses of the executive branch rather than a merely personal attack on Bush and Cheney.
“We’re interested in preserving the Constitution not scoring political points,” said one of the participants.
I got my hands on the draft of the letter Beaverhead Democrats are writing. In it, they present our delegation with a long list of offenses the president and his second-in-command have committed against the rule of law, international agreements, and the American people. Spying on Americans without a warrant. Misleading Congress in congressional investigations. Breaking Congressionally ratified international treaties by invading Iraq, torturing, suspending habeas corpus.