Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Impeach The President?

At Least 400,000 In Online Poll Say "Yes"

Now The American Right Demands "Impeach Bush" Over His Backing Of The New Immigration Bill

A 'Live Vote' on MSNBC, asking its internet readership if President Bush should be impeached had attracted some 430,000 votes when we visited today.

A stunning 88% of all respondents voted 'Yes', the president should be impeached.

While online vote forums, such as MSNBC's 'Live Vote', are not generally regarded as a completely accurate gauge of the mood of the nation, they can still provide a particularly vivid example of the opinions of the people who choose to participate.

MSNBC 'Live Votes' don't allow more than one vote per ISP in a 24 hour period, and we've been unable to find any web sites pushing readers to participate in the 'Live Vote', either for or against impeachment.

Compared to many other 'Live Votes' we've seen, the issue of whether or not President Bush should be impeached has attracted a huge participation rate, and as the screen capture above shows, almost 400,000 people have voted to show they believe the president should be impeached.

Clearly, the impeachment issue is important to the users of the MSNBC site, and the dramatic results would have been noticed by the Bush White House and, more importantly, by Democrat senators who have refused to follow through with their pre-midterm election allusions and promises to pursue impeachment once they had the power to do so.

A good slice of the American public, it would appear, have not forgotten about promises made last year to pursue the impeachment of President Bush.

Neither have the media. Today, through a Google News search, we found at least 90 news stories, articles and opinion columns, published in the US, discussing or urging impeachment of President Bush, or the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

From the Atlantic Free Press :
It took 13 colonies to throw out the last King George. Thirteen state Democratic parties have now passed resolutions demanding impeachment, nine of them since Nancy Pelosi ordered the Democratic Party away from impeachment.

In May 2004, the Nevada Democratic Party led the way, passing a resolution demanding Bush's impeachment. On June 12, 2005, the Wisconsin Democratic Party passed a resolution demanding the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. On January 28, 2006, the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee called for the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales, a call echoed by the full state party in June with the focus on Bush alone. On March 21, 2006, the New Mexico Democratic Party backed impeaching Bush and removing him from office. In April 2006, the Vermont Democratic Party resolved that Bush should face impeachment immediately.

Now we're rolling. Look at this list: Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Mexico, Vermont, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and New Hampshire. That's 10 state Democratic Parties demanding impeachment by June of last year, and seven of them after Pelosi ordered impeachment off the table, and before the elections.

And now Massachusetts has joined the list. On May 19, 2007, the Massachusetts Democratic Party passed a resolution calling on "the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate these charges and if the investigation supports the charges, vote to impeach George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney." The charges were as follows:

"Whereas George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have:

• Deliberately misled the nation about the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war;

• Condoned the torture of prisoners in violation of the Geneva Convention & US law;

• Approved illegal electronic surveillance of American citizens without a warrant."
From the Baltimore Chronicle :
The divide between Democratic leaders contemplating their re-election prospects in 2008 and rank-and-file Democrats is becoming a chasm--one so wide that Congressional Democrats may soon find it hard to straddle it.

The issue is impeachment.

So far, Democrats in Congress and at the top of the party hierarchy, out of touch with public sentiment and worried that impeachment could hurt them with "independents"--whom they mistakenly consider to stand somehow "in between" Democrats and Republicans--have been following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's vow that for the 110th Congress, "impeachment is off the table." They've been doing more than that: they have been actively working to tamp down, and even to crush, impeachment campaigns in the states.

To date, 14 state Democratic Parties have now called for impeachment.

But that's only part of the story. Vermont's state senate has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for impeachment. Similar resolutions are being considered in the legislatures of 17 states. Over 80 cities, towns and counties have passed impeachment resolutions, as have at least that many town and county Democratic Party organizations, even in conservative areas such as Berkes and Chester County in Pennsylvania.

Polls have consistently shown that the broader public also wants the president and vice president impeached.

In October 2006, Newsweek published a scientific poll disclosing that 51 percent of Americans favored impeachment, half of them as a top priority.

That poll, of course, was taken before Democrats had gained control of the House and Senate, and also before Bush, ignoring the anti-war message of voters in November, decided to increase the number of US troops in his misbegotten and calamitous war in Iraq.

Clearly the president has authorized an illegal spying campaign, and has already been declared to have committed a felony by a Detroit federal judge who tried the issue last summer.

Equally clearly, if the president is not impeached, Congress will be telegraphing that the next president, whomever that may be, can feel free to abuse the law and the Constitution in the same manner as the current president has been doing.

How can there not be impeachment proceedings!

None of Bush's and Cheney's grave crimes and abuses of power even require anything significant in the way of hearings. They could be submitted as bills of impeachment and voted on by the House Judiciary Committee and by the full Congress tomorrow, if there was the will to do so.

Instead, the Democratic leadership continues to dither, continues to permit the president to ignore subpoenas, continues to interfere with grassroots efforts to pass impeachment resolutions, and continues to ignore even the bill of impeachment against the vice president, House Resolution 333, submitted a month ago by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), even as it has now gained three co-sponsors.

The chasm is clearly widening between the leadership of the Democratic Party and the voters.

It may end up swallowing them up, come November 2008.

Now The Hardcore Conservatives Demand Bush's Impeachment

The 'Impeach Bush' movement is no longer raising momentum in the domains of the so-called 'Bush Haters', primarily American liberals and members of the hard left. Thanks to President Bush's backing of a new immigration bill, which will provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, even the hard right at the notoriously pro-Bush Free Republic website are demanding impeachment of the president.

Wonkette follows this up and provides a sampling of the scathing anti-Bush comments, snarking that the "Freepers" seem surprised to realise that President Bush "doesn't give a shit" about what they think.

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