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Impeaching Cheney First. Finally!
Thursday, 19 April 2007 20:55
by Dave Lindorff

Sources close to the office of Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) confirm that the progressive Democratic congressman and Democratic presidential aspirant intends to introduce a bill of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 25.

The move will mark the second time that an impeachment bill has been submitted against a member of the Bush administration. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) filed a bill of impeachment against President Bush in December of last year, just as the 109th Congress was about to end, and as Rep. McKenney was about to leave office (she was defeated in last November's election).

Kucinich's bill will go to the Judiciary Committee, where Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and the other members will have to decide whether to request subpoena powers and to begin a hearing into impeachable offenses by the vice president.

Kucinich's action marks a major step forward for impeachment activists, who have been frustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has repeatedly stated that she has no interest in having the House hold impeachment hearings against president or vice president (and who has been leaning hard on Democratic caucus members in the House not to file impeachment bills).

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By bucking Pelosi and filing his bill, Kucinich may force the mainstream corporate media to start discussing the idea. There has been a virtual blackout on impeachment in the media, which has not even been asking the question in polls, since a year ago, when Pelosi made it clear she had no interest in impeachment.

Kucinich's move comes as citizens across the country are bringing impeachment resolutions to town meetings, city councils, Democratic Party county and state committees, and even state legislatures--and getting them passed.

The Democratic Party Establishment has been resisting impeachment, fearing that it could "turn off" independent voters, although the few polls that have been conducted suggest that a majority of Americans, and even not a few Republicans, favor impeaching the president. But as the administration's scandals have grown in number and seriousness, from financial chicanery to voter suppression to political firings of federal prosecutors to illegal spying on citizens, and as the president's War in Iraq has lurched from bad to catastrophic, public pressure is mounting for Democrats to take tougher action.

Kucinich's bill may not in itself put Bush's impeachment back on the Congressional table, but it could whet the public's appetite for more substantial fare.
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a guest said:

The 2008 elections will be hard to choose which crook to vote for

Jeb Bush or Hilliary Clinton ?
April 20, 2007
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a guest said:

I wonder when we will as a nation realize we are all Americans. Regardless of ones political affiliation. The war in Iraq is doomed not because of the stought resistance of the Iraqi insurgents, but rather our inability to work together. The fact here is each party does their best to defame the other before an election. Instead of commiting the nation to resolving the conflict , it is better to make it a partison war. This war now becomes the problem of the Republican party. Democrats gain from this by distancing themselves from the war and actually help to loose it by placing restrictions on both troop size and financial needs. In the end we are devided and the enemy wins. Thanks poloticians for creating another Korea and Vietnam.
April 20, 2007
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