What YOU Need to Do to Make Impeachment a Reality
In case you’d like to remind representatives of their Federal Oath of Office when you make the calls . . .
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
*Impeachment Next Step: Judiciary Committee HEARINGS*
(Ed.: What follows has been adapted, with appreciation, from Democrats.com. Lest you think this is a “Democrats-only” issue, please see the two articles at the end of this call to action.)
Thanks to Dennis Kucinich, Tuesday was an historic day for impeachment!
As promised, Kucinich requested a floor vote on H.Res. 333, and as expected, BushDemocrat Leader Steny Hoyer moved to table the bill. And then all hell broke loose as 165 Republicans voted with Kucinich and 85 other brave Democrats to force a debate on impeachment and thereby embarass Nancy Pelosi.
To block that debate, Hoyer moved to send H.Res. 333 back to the Judiciary Committee, and that motion passed with the support of all but 5 Democrats (Kucinich, Bob Filner, Marcy Kaptur, Maxine Waters, and Ed Towns). A live blog of the proceedings is posted at http://impeachcheney.org
Representatives Wexler and Shea-Porter have now announced support for hearings:
In an e-mail to supporters on November 7, 2007, Representative Robert Wexler, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that
I will urge the Judiciary Committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months. Only through hearings can we bring begin to correct the abuses of Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration; and, if it is determined in these hearings that Vice President Cheney has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors, he should be impeached and removed from office.
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement after the vote:
It is the duty of the Vice President to faithfully execute the laws of the United States of America and to defend the Constitution. There is growing evidence that the Executive Branch has ignored some of our laws and has attempted to bend the Constitution to its will. “Members of both parties decided that this issue is too important to ignore. I voted with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to investigate the Vice President’s actions in office.
So what do we do next to move impeachment forward?
1. Call members of the House Judiciary Committee at 202-225-3951 and demand hearings to IMPEACH Dick Cheney. Call every member of that committee, and particularly your own Rep, if you’re in one of these districts. The full list of committee members is below, along with the Capitol’s toll-free numbers.
2. Email all members of the Judiciary Committee with this form: http://www.democrats.com/topelosiandjudiciary. Please email them separately, in addition to using the form email.
3. If you live in the district of a House Judiciary Committee member, call the office, tell them you’re a constituent and you want immediate hearings for the Impeachment of Dick Cheney.
4. If your Congress Member is not on the Judiciary Committee, ask him/her to cosponsor H Res 333
Information on House Committee on the Judiciary and Contact Information
You can also use the toll free numbers for the Congressional Switchboard and ask for the Representative:
1-800-828-0498 * 1-800-862-5530 * 1-800-833-6354
|Majority (Democrats)||Minority (Republicans)|
|Committee Office:||Rayburn House Office Building 2138||Rayburn House Office Building B351-C|
|Committee Email”|| http://judiciary.house.gov/contact.aspx
|Majority Communications Director Jonathan Godfrey||(202) 225-3951|
|Majority Press Secretary/Spokesperson Melanie Roussell||(202) 225-3951|
|Majority Staff Director/Chief Counsel Perry Apelbaum||(202) 225-3951|
|Minority Chief Minority Counselor Joseph Gibson||(202) 226-0002|
|Minority Communications Director Kim Smith||(202) 225-6906|
House Judiciary Committee Membership (List from Wikipedia) The House.gov website lists members with live links to more information on each, including email links and phone numbers here: http://judiciary.house.gov/CommitteeMembership.aspx
5. Start a media campaign including op-ed articles on impeaching Cheney, letters-to-the-editor about the Kucinich resolution, and informational picketing in front of the offices of local media, particularly in Detroit for Conyers and NY City for Nadler. Media activism kit: http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/748. And ask the talk shows to give the Republicans the impeachment debate they claim they wanted: http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/1084
6. Ask pollsters to poll the public on impeachment, especially of Cheney: http://www.democrats.com/impeachment-poll-petition
7. Watch for updates and notice of a national conference call with Rep. Dennis Kucinich at http://impeachcheney.org
Concerned this issue is being raised only by Democrats? Think again…
Impeach Cheney: The vice president has run utterly amok and must be stopped.
By Bruce Fein
June 27, 2007
Bruce Fein is a constitutional lawyer at Bruce Fein & Associates and chairman of the American Freedom Agenda. He is author of the forthcoming book Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle Over the Constitution and Democracy.
Under Dick Cheney, the office of the vice president has been transformed from a tiny acorn into an unprecedented giant oak. In grasping and exercising presidential powers, Cheney has dulled political accountability and concocted theories for evading the law and Constitution that would have embarrassed King George III. The most recent invention we know of is the vice president’s insistence that an executive order governing the handling of classified information in the executive branch does not reach his office because he also serves as president of the Senate. In other words, the vice president is a unique legislative-executive creature standing above and beyond the Constitution. The House judiciary committee should commence an impeachment inquiry. As Alexander Hamilton advised in the Federalist Papers, an impeachable offense is a political crime against the nation. Cheney’s multiple crimes against the Constitution clearly qualify.
Take the vice president’s preposterous theory that his office is outside the executive branch because it also exercises a legislative function. The same can be said of the president, who also exercises a legislative function in signing or vetoing bills passed by Congress. Under Cheney’s bizarre reasoning, President Bush is not part of his own administration: The executive branch becomes acephalous. Today Cheney Chief of Staff David Addington refused to renounce that reasoning, instead laughably trying to diminish the importance of the legal question at issue.
Remainder of Fein’s excellent piece here: http://www.slate.com/id/2169292/
Impeach Now: Or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
July 16, 2007
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review.
Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.
Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of “executive orders” that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, “terrorist” events in the near future.
Many attentive people believe that the reason the Bush administration will not bow to expert advice and public opinion and begin withdrawing US troops from Iraq is that the administration intends to rescue its unpopular position with false flag operations that can be used to expand the war to Iran.
Remainder of article at http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20070716230841584