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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Vermont Says "IMPEACH!"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2007 at 2:33 PM

Caught Newfane Selectman Dan DeWalt (at left) on the WDEV airwaves this morning proudly telling Mark Johnson that on Tuesday, Town Meeting Day, 36 {later upped to 37), Vermont towns adopted the resolution “call[ing] upon 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 as provided in the Constitution of the United States of America.”

What charges you ask?

Here we go:

1. deliberately misled the nation about the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war,
2. condoned the torture of prisoners in violation of the Geneva Convention and U.S. law,
3. approved illegal electronic surveillance of American citizens without a warrant, and,

WHEREAS these actions have undermined our Constitutional system of government, damaged the reputation of America, and threatened our national security.”

Bing, Bang, Boom!

This happened in Vermont, reflecting a grassroots demand for justice, as down in Washington a federal jury convicted V.P. Cheney’s right-hand man and Chief of Staff Scooter Libby on four counts of lying and obstruction of justice.

And everybody knows, Libby was only carrying out his boss’ wishes. It's useless to pretend otherwise. Doesn't pass the straight-face test.

Selectman DeWalt of Newfane called Tuesday’s 37 Vermont Town Meeting votes “the first step of a Vermont people’s impeachment insurrection.”

Vermont’s congressional delegation, however, two Democrats and an Independent, all Bush opponents, do not want to go down the impeachment path. The party line suggests it would be a waste of time because President Bush is a lame duck with just 21 months left in the White House anyway, and the opposition party, the Democrats, now holds the majorities in both House and Senate and controls the agenda. Investigations into the Bush-Cheney record by congressional committees have broken out all over.

Fair enough. But the average American, the sane American, has lost patience at the sight of President George the Liar, with his now indisputable record of impeachable deceit and dishonesty, not being held accountable for his actions.

The U.S. death toll in Iraq is over 3100. More than 23,000 Americans have been wounded.

And everyone now knows, the reasons the Bush-Cheney team gave for taking our nation to war in Iraq were all fiction - pure lies! How anyone can continue to support the death and maiming of our troops for such a purpose defies comprehension.

Enough is enough. Quite simply, support for impeachment is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s called justice. It's a yearning within the human soul. And justice is the cornerstone of democracy.

Once again, Vermont’s taking the lead for the country.

Nice work by Dan DeWalt of Newfane. Persistence pays off. Bravo!

Now if Pat, Bernie and Pedro could see the same light, eh?

Speaking of justice and democracy, can you believe George W. Bush is going on a Latin American tour starting tomorrow?

As Jorge G. Castañeda, the former foreign minister of Mexico, wrote in today's Washington Post:

George W. Bush is the least appropriate person on Earth for this mission; he is immensely unpopular in Latin America -- not since Richard Nixon's trip to Caracas in 1959 have so many protests been likely -- and since Sept. 11, 2001, he has neglected the hemisphere. Many snicker that if he defends democracy in Latin America as well as he has in Iraq, only God can help Latin American democrats.


Ah, but the trip should get the Bush-Cheney Iraq Disaster off the front page for a few days, si, amigo?

After all, the Middle East isn't the only real estate on Earth where the Bush Administration has demonstrated a remarkably inept grasp of the fundamentals of foreign policy.


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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