Daily Archives: June 12, 2008

The facts are not in dispute.

Well at least not inordinate dispute.

“Having failed in efforts to impeach Vice President Cheney Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) escalated his battle against the administration this week by introducing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush using a parliamentary maneuver that will probably force a vote today.
Kucinich’s impeachment measure accuses Bush of taking the country to war in Iraq under false pretenses; he introduced it as a “privileged resolution,” which requires the House to take it up within two legislative days. Any lawmaker may offer a privileged resolution, but it is usually done only by party leaders.
Kucinich, upon introducing his articles of impeachment Monday evening, insisted on reading the resolution into the Congressional Record, a process that took nearly five hours. He finished reading it late yesterday after the close of legislative business.
As they have previously, Democratic leaders staunchly oppose Kucinich’s impeachment effort. They expect to table the resolution by referring it to the Judiciary Committee where they expect it to die.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested yesterday that engaging in a lengthy debate over impeaching Bush in the waning days of his administration is not a productive use of the House’s time.
Kucinich tried a similar maneuver last November, bringing an impeachment measure against Cheney to the floor as a privileged resolution. It was referred to the Judiciary Committee.”

“five hours.”

“not a productive use of the house’s time.”

“expect it to die.”

And here’s another opinion.

“On June 9, 2008, a counterrevolution began on the floor of the House
of Representatives against the gas and oil crooks who had seized
control of the federal government. This counterrevolution began in
the exact place which had slumbered during the all-out assault on our
liberties and the Constitution itself.

I wish to draw the attention of the blog world to Rep. Dennis
Kucinich’s articles of impeachment presented to the House in order
that two faithless public servants be removed from office for crimes
against the American people. As I listened to Rep. Kucinich invoke
the great engine of impeachment-he listed some 35 crimes by these two
faithless officials-we heard, like great bells tolling, the voice of
the Constitution itself speak out ringingly against those who had
tried to destroy it.

Although this is the most important motion made in Congress in the
21st century, it was also the most significant plea for a restoration
of the republic, which had been swept to one side by the mad antics
of a president bent on great crime. And as I listened with awe to
Kucinich, I realized that no newspaper in the U.S., no broadcast or
cable network, would pay much notice to the fact that a highly
respected member of Congress was asking for the president and vice
president to be tried for crimes which were carefully listed by
Kucinich in his articles requesting impeachment.

But then I have known for a long time that the media of the U.S. and
too many of its elected officials give not a flying fuck for the
welfare of this republic, and so I turned, as I often do, to the
foreign press for a clear report of what has been going on in
Congress. We all know how the self-described “war hero,” Mr. John
McCain, likes to snigger at France, while the notion that he is a
hero of any kind is what we should be sniggering at. It is Le Monde,
a French newspaper, that told a story the next day hardly touched by
The New York Times or The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal
or, in fact, any other major American media outlet.

As for TV? Well, there wasn’t much-you see, we dare not be divisive
because it upsets our masters who know that this is a perfect
country, and the fact that so many in it don’t like it means that
they have been terribly spoiled by the greatest health service on
Earth, the greatest justice system, the greatest number of occupied
prisons-two and a half million Americans are prisoners-what a great
tribute to our penal passions!

Naturally, I do not want to sound hard, but let me point out that
even a banana Republican would be distressed to discover how much of
our nation’s treasury has been siphoned off by our vice president in
the interest of his Cosa Nostra company, Halliburton, the lawless
gang of mercenaries set loose by his administration in the Middle
East.

But there it was on the first page of Le Monde. The House of
Representatives, which was intended to be the democratic chamber, at
last was alert to its function, and the bravest of its members set in
motion the articles of impeachment of the most dangerous president in
our history. Rep Kucinich listed some 30-odd articles describing
impeachable offenses committed by the president and vice president,
neither of whom had ever been the clear choice of our sleeping polity
for any office.

Some months ago, Kucinich had made the case against Dick Cheney. Now
he had the principal malefactor in his view under the title “Articles
of Impeachment for President George W. Bush”! “Resolved, that
President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and
misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be
exhibited to the United States Senate.” The purpose of the resolve is
that he be duly tried by the Senate, and if found guilty, be removed
from office. At this point, Rep. Kucinich presented his 35 articles
detailing various high crimes and misdemeanors for which removal from
office was demanded by the framers of the Constitution.

Update: On Wednesday, the House voted by 251 to 166 to send Rep.
Kucinich’s articles of impeachment to a committee which probably
won’t get to the matter before Bush leaves office, a strategy that
is “often used to kill legislation, ” as the Associated Press noted
later that day. “

and once more . . .

“There was an old zany who lived in a tub;
He had so many fleabites
He didn’t know where to rub.
He kept looking for an honest man
Said “I’m gonna find him if I can”
If i could meet Diogenes today,
This is what i’d say:
Rub-a-dub-dub

Oh, Diogenes!
Find a man who’s honest!
Oh, Diogenes!
Wrap him up for me
Oh, Diogenes!
Find a man who’s stolid-solid
Hook that fish if he’s in the sea
Hunt him! Trail him!
Catch him! Nail him!
If he is free
Have you got your stick?
Have you got your lantern?
Can you do the trick
And produce him, please!
Catch that fellow!
Ring that bell,
Oh,
Oh!
Oh, Diogenes!”