October 25, 2006

Get Out The Vote... For Impeachment!

Let's March in January!
I propose that the anti-war and impeachment movements combine forces and organize a massive petition campaign to obtain five million signatures calling on the Congress to initiate impeachment hearings on President Bush’s Constitutional high crimes, misdemeanors, treason and bribery, and that this petition be delivered to the future Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the future chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Delivery of this document could be made on January 20, 2007, on the sixth anniversary of Bush’s benighted first inauguration. If the grassroots campaign organizations that have mobilized for the election turn to gathering signatures off their same voter lists right after Election Day, it shouldn’t be hard to get at least that many signatures. (There are already a number of groups, like Veterans for Peace, collecting signatures. These efforts can all be coordinated.)

I propose that this petition then be carried by demonstrators in a reverse "Un-Inauguration Impeachment March" that could assemble at the White House and proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol steps (retracing the impeachment march Bush tried to make before his entourage started to face heckling and eggs). There, a set of proposed articles of impeachment could be formally read out, perhaps by members of Congress who would later be submitting them as formal impeachment bills to the House Judiciary Committee.

We are going to need something like this because the Democratic leadership--most notably Pelosi, but including the likes of Democratic House Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and many of those in the Democratic Leadership Council--are publicly stating that they will try to block any impeachment bills.


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