Thursday, September 22, 2005

Impeach Bush Coalition Makes it Into Wikipedia

The Impeach Bush Coalition has made it into Widipedia. This entry in the online encyclopedia has some interesting information and good references for people looking for some basic information on the various Bush crimes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeach_Bush

I came across an interesting article about John Dean of Watergate fame yesterday. Mr. Dean tells us that the Bush administration is more corrupt than Nixon's administration ever was. He describes Karl Rove as Haldeman and Ehrlichman put together. I would encourage everyone interested in the Impeach Bush movement to read the interview that John Dean gave to Amy Goodman in April 2004. http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/06/1354218 He also gives reasons Bush should be impeached in an interview he gave to Bill Moyers in April 2004. When Bill Moyers asked him about Bush's lies for going to war as being an impeachable offense, John Dean states:

JOHN DEAN:Absolutely is. The founders in the debates in the states-- I cite one. I cite one that I found -- I tracked down after reading the Nixon impeachment proceedings when-- Congressman Castenmeyer had gone back to look to see what the founders said about misrepresentations and lying to the Congress. Clearly, it is an impeachable offense. And I think the case is overwhelming that these people presented false information to the Congress and to the American people.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0402-16.htm

I think you will find interesting the fact that Karl Rove was a minor player in the Nixon White House and that prosecutors even had questions about his activities in 1972. It looks like he learned from the best and expanded on it. When doing my research for this blog I came across an interesting quote from Mr. Rove. He is quoted as saying,"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing." I guess I found this funny because I come from a long line of Republicans. My grandmother has even held public office. One of my older sons made the mistake of saying something about Bush in my mother and father's home and he hasn't gone back to visit them since. I guess I've given my children a really good education then.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Impeach Bush:Reasons Republicans Should Join

One of the reasons many people have sited for the improbability of an Impeachment of George W Bush is that the House and Senate are both Republican controlled. Republicans though need to be looking hard at poll numbers and thinking about the 2006 elections. A recent Pew poll shows that when asked if the 2006 elections were held today "would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your Congressional district?" The poll numbers show that in all age groups the answer was Democratic with large leads. In California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval rating is below 40%. In Ohio Governor Bob Taft has pleaded no contest to 4 misdemeanors charges of not reporting political gifts. According to a poll by the Cleveland Plain Dealer 46% say he should step down from office while 44% think he should stay. Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky is embroiled in a scandal involving giving merit based jobs to political cronies. His job approval ratings are at 38%. Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, up for re-election in 2006, is lagging behind in the polls to Democratic candidate Bob Casey. Only 37% of the voters polled say they would vote for Santorum.

On a national level a September 9-12 NBC\Newsweek polls shows that 57% of the American people do not like where the nation is headed. If Republican leaders would listen to their constituents instead of reading from the script supplied by the Republican National Committee, they would see indications that they may lose the control they hold over Congress and the Senate. If Republicans want to come out of the Bush Era somewhat intact they will need to find leaders among themselves that are independent of the Bush White House. Instead of allowing Bush and his cronies to take down the whole party over the coming months or years, they need to speak up against the crimes that have been committed in Washington. The mask has come off of the Bush administration. I do not think the American people will ever see this President as a strong leader again, and truthfully that was his only real "strength" in the 2004 elections. Add into this the possible indictments of Karl Rove and others when Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation has ended and the Republicans could very well have a mess on their hands that may take years to clean up.

So if there are Republican leaders in Washington that would like to maintain some dignity within the party, they should take the initiative into demanding accountability from Bush and Company.

Impeach Bush: Some reasons why

I think that anyone who has carefully followed the follies of the current administration could come up with several very good reason's Bush should be impeached. Could you imagine what would have happened if Clinton had given away billions of dollars to a company he use to be CEO of? If this administration would be held to the same standards the Republicans held Clinton to, they never would have made it to the 2004 elections. Unfortunately the investigations into such things as the Downing Street Memos or the $8.8 billion dollars in missing oil funds that Halliburton was responsible for never make it past the Republican committees. An INDEPENDENT investigation into either one would provide enough evidence for impeachment. But the one blaring violation the Bush Administration has made has been Constitutional and involves other nations as well. An investigation into these violations would be hard for the Republicans to suppress.

Article VI of the United States Constitution states that, "All Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land." The United States signed, ratified and supported for over fifty years the Geneva Convention regarding the treatment of prisoners of war. In 1994 we signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Following are a few important parts of this treaty.

1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term "torture" means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political in stability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.

AND

1. No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

Why would these passages from a Treaty the United States has entered into be important? First there's the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The United States detained prisoners for months without pressing any charges and inflicted numerous forms of torture. For a look at some of the photos the MSM did not show this web site is a good source. http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=2444 There are still reports of abuse going on in Abu Ghraib today. The Bush administration has made several enlisted military personnel and even General Janis Karpinski as the scape goats of the prison scandel, but there is strong evidence that this abuse was approved and supported by the Pentagon. The first piece of evidence are the "civilian" observers in several of the photos that have never been identified or charged with abuse. The second piece of evidence is the 2002 Justice Department memorandom that states the President has the right to endorse torture "pursuant to his Commender in Chief authorities." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/dojinterrogationmemo20020801.pdf.

United Nations authorities are currently investigating the use of the Shannon Airport in Western Ireland. The airport is reportedly being used by the American government to transport suspects to countries that are known to use torture to interrogate. The United States government is supposedly using these nations to do the "dirty work" for them.

On June 27, 2oo5 the World Tribunal on Iraq determined that the United States and Great Britian had violated many International Laws. The Tribunal's Jury stated that the two nations were guilty of, "redefining torture in violation of international law, to allow use of torture and illegal detentions." This tribunal was a culmination of sessions of inquiries that had taken place over the world in the last two years. These sessions took place in countries such as the United States, Great Britian, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Japan and many others that are American allies. http://www.worldtribunal.org/main/?b=93

These reasons alone are grounds enough for impeachment hearings. Congress could then add in the Halliburton scam, the lies about WMD's, the coverup of the World Trade Center attack and the criminal neglect of the Department of Homeland Security with regards to Hurricane Katrina. I have never seen an administration filled with so much corruptness. Nixon starts to look like a saint next to Bush and Company. And on a last sad note, Bush is reverred as being such a great Christian scion. I would like to remind the Christian base that still holds him in such esteem of 1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. The bible teaches us that it will be the actions not the words that will define the man. Look closely at Mr. Bush's actions.