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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Playing Catch Up

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 11:32 AM

***Updated 5:50 P.M.***

The boys are en route from Marseilles to Montpellier today. A long. flat, hot ride along the south coast of France.

A poor man’s European holiday via the tele for a Burlington columnist/blogger more familiar with Montpelier, Vermont.

And the opportunity, rare these days, to watch current events on TV that do not involve random mass murder by suicide bombers answering their god’s call, or the roadside-bombing of American soldiers in Iraq, a country they were ordered into based on some of the greatest lies ever championed by an American White House.

Speaking of which, on Monday, that courageous antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan intends to lead an occupation of the Capitol Hill office of Democratic Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in action fighting the Bush-Cheney War of Lies in Iraq in 2004, wants Conyers to take action on impeachment.

It's fair to say, she's far from alone.

Nonetheless, as of the moment, many of the same Republican congressmen acting outraged at calls for Bush’s impeachment for causing the death and dismemberment of thousands of US troops, were on their moral high-horses when the previous president denied having consensual sex “with that woman.”

They felt back then that impeachment of the president was the ONLY way to go!

Vermont’s congressional troika, as you know [Leahy, Sanders and Welch], opposes Mr. Bush’s Iraq War, opposes the Bush administration on just about every policy front, but also opposes congressional action on impeachment. Their spin is that it would divert attention in Dubya’s last 18 months from other congressional investigations of the corrupt regime.

Some folks deal with all this, no doubt, by simply tuning out the news completely. Hey, it’s summer!

Many, however, simply cannot, even if they haven’t had a family member killed or crippled in a  war launched to defeat an Iraq threat to the United States that did not exist.

Holding those responsible does not seem an outlandish idea to many good and decent “ordinary" Americans and "ordinary" Vermonters.

In fact, a recent poll by the American Research Group  found 45 percent of Americans want action on the impeachment of Bush - 54 percent on Vice President Dick Cheney. If you have a moment, do check out the recent Bill Moyers Journal.

Closer to home, local impeachment activist Jimmy Leas, a South Burlington attorney, informs us a similar occupation of Vermont Congressman Peter Welch’s Burlington office is planned to coincide with the one Cindy Sheehan will be leading in Washington on Monday.


*** UPDATE ***

Posted late Thursday Afternoon

Welch Sit-in Called Off

Got this via email from Jimmy Leas after the above post. A change of plans for "Impeach Bush" folks:

"Rather than just going to the congressional office in Vermont on July 23 to meet with staffers we decided to find a time when Peter Welch will be in Vermont and use that opportunity to hand him the petitions with the signatures of hundreds of Vermonters for impeachment."

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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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