Opposition to the current regime has steadily grown over the years, as one scandal after another has exposed serious assaults upon our Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as the lies used to sell illegal, immoral wars to the American people, the institutionalization of torture, and unlawful spying on vast numbers of American citizens. Not one, but two stolen elections have added fuel to the fire. Opposition to the war in Iraq, enabled Democrats to take over the House of Representatives. Anger smoldered when impeachment was pushed off the table and Congress voted for the war effort in defiance of the widespread opposition of the American people.
Activists wrote books, staged demonstrations and rallies, spelled out “IMPEACH” upon beach after beach to pressure the media into covering the issue and members of Congress into upholding their oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies- foreign and domestic. Representative Cynthia McKinney, who courageously introduced the first articles of impeachment before leaving office last year, was crucified by the press and by her own Democratic Party for daring to champion truth and justice and failing to toe the "party line."
Last month during the national shopping boycott for Impeachment for Peace, prior to the national day of action for impeachment, Dennis Kucinich introduced HR 333 ( Web Link) which would launch impeachment proceedings against Vice President Richard Cheney. The grounds are basically- 1) actively and systemically misleading citizens and Congress about the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq undermining the genuine security interests of the United States, 2) manipulating public opinion about the relationship between al Qaeda and Iraq in order to gain support for a war, 3) threatening aggression against Iran in violation of international law, in a manner that destabilizes the region and harms the genuine national security interests of the United States.
Many who would otherwise join in the widespread calls for impeachment fear that removing Bush is pointless because we would only be stuck with Cheney. Kucinich’s resolution reflects the concern that there might be another false flag event or fabricated incident or manipulation of intelligence to justify an expansion of the war into Iran. Kucinich has only three co-sponsors at the moment. Just in the past week, large “Impeachment Rallies” were held when Bush spoke at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, hundreds representing an array of impeachment, ant-war groups rallied to protest Cheney’s address at West Point last Saturday, in Maine a hundred citizens rallied to present over 11,000 signatures to Maine's Senate and their Congressmen to urge them to impeach Bush and Cheney.
Resolutions for impeachment have already been passed by the Green Party, but are now being passed by the Democratic Parties in various States- California and Massachusetts, as well as by numerous cities, most recently Detroit, the mayor of which is married to Rep. John Conyers, chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
In Palo Alto, we demanded pre-emptive impeachment of Bush in January 2003 (as well as investigations back in 2002), in hopes of exposing “the fraudulent (and irrationally named) ‘War on Terror,’” preventing the Iraq War, and reversing the disastrous policies bulldozed through Congress. Public awareness of these issues is much elevated since then, the ripening fruit of the grassroots efforts to demand justice and accountability from our government. We will continue our monthly impeachment rallies and marches in downtown Palo Alto until Congress moves forward with the impeachment process.
Our next Impeachment Rally will be on June 13, 2007, beginning at 1:00 pm in Lytton Plaza with KPFA's Flashpoints News magazine host, investigative journalist, Dennis Bernstein. 2007 Heroic Citizens' Awards will be presented. Superheroes- Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Yoda will lead a 2:00 pm march up and down University to Congresswoman Eshoo's office, encouraging her to support HR 333 and impeachment.