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On Impeachment and Improving Relations between Individuals, the Community, and their Government

Original post made by Donald R. Mendoza, Barron Park, on Jun 19, 2006

The opinions given below are entirely my own and do not reflect an official Palo Alto Human Relations Commission position.

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Posted by Mac
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 19, 2006 at 11:18 pm

I think its fantastic that people here do care very much about the world they live in. I think Donald also makes some excellent points. I think he's right.

My comment relates more to the general act of cities and towns passing resolutions on national politics. I generally feel its a rather feeble waste of time. No one in the world cares if Palo Alto has called for the impeachment of the president. It makes it look as if we don't understand the presidential impeachment process, and stupidly think we can start that process here. Its similar to declaring Palo Alto a "Nuclear Weapons Free Zone." Everyone knows that if a military installation existed here, it might house nukes whether we wanted them to or not. Again, its just the way I believe passing such measures looks - tiny and pathetic.

I think the HRC should focus exclusively on Palo Alto related business. Everyone is free to contact their US Senator or Representative to express a view on impeachment, and that seems like it carries more weight.

I also don't like the idea of the HRC passing a resolution that essentially says "All of the people of Palo Alto want the president impeached." You don't necessarily speak for me or anyone else. Many of us hold more complex views that don't completely endorse the president or his actions, but recognize the futility and possible danger in impeachment proceedings.

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Posted by out of towner
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2006 at 1:13 pm

What a concept, a Government that answers to the will of the people and addresses the concerns of the minority. Too bad more officials do not share Mr. Mendoza's philosophy. I applaud is idealism, but think he's wasting his time with these people since you can't reason with folks on the fringe.

As for the "impeachment movement," these people need to find better causes to champion. It is these types on the fringes that help make our Government unresponsive when real issues come up.

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Posted by A concerned citizen
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 22, 2006 at 3:01 pm

Mr. Mendoza's arguments sound good but then again the arguments brought up by those calling for impeachment do have merit, just read the "Downing Street Memo," and the resolutions proposed in the Senate by Senator Russ Feingold and in the House by Congressman John Conyers Jr. In fact there have been volumes of text, including a 182 page, 1,022 footnote Congressional report put together that substantiate many of the claims Mr. Mendoza dismisses.

I disagree with Mr. Mendoza's arguments but am glad that he is willing to listen and raise the topic for debate. The debate should happen and we should start it here rather than wait until it's politically popular!

And as for the first commenter's reply, what could be more important and relevant to Palo Alto than who their President is? Thinking this is not important to local issues is exactly why we get the kind of corrupt Government we get!

I wonder if following his recommendations for working with the Government will help with other officials.