Sunday, July 09, 2006

Reason #7 to Vote for Arcuri: Meier Will Never Vote to Impeach

Reason #7 is no flippant matter: Republican Ray Meier will never vote to impeach George W. Bush. Michael Arcuri might, if the circumstances are right.

This morning, the case for the impeachment of President George W. Bush got a lot stronger.

The New York Times has obtained a letter that Congressman Peter Hoekstra, a Republican from Michigan who is the chair of the Intelligence Committee in the United States House of Representatives, sent to President Bush a few weeks ago. In that letter, Representative Hoekstra wrote:

"I have learned of some alleged intelligence community activities about which our committee has not been briefed. If these allegations are true, they may represent a breach of responsibility by the administration, a violation of the law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the members of this committee who have so ardently supported efforts to collect information on our enemies."


There you have it. Peter Hoekstra, a Republican member of Congress, is accusing President Bush of "a violation of the law". This is no minor crime either. It is against the law for the President not to keep Congress informed of domestic surveillance programs of this type, and, according to Peter Hoekstra, there more secret programs in addition to the several we have already learned about that involve massive spying efforts against the American people, without the search warrants that are legally required by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution.

When specific information about these programs to spy against Americans is made public, it will make the case for impeachment that much stronger. We don't know whether a Congressman Arcuri would vote for impeachment, but we know for certain that Congressman Meier would not. Meier is a follow-along Republican, and won't challenge the crimes of his party's President, no matter how serious they are.

8 comments:

Causal said...

Impeach Bush yourself! This is much more than just a petition.

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.

That's where we come in. In addition to the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. ImpeachforPeace.org has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.

You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in.

http://ImpeachForPeace.org/ImpeachNow.html

More information on the precedent for submitting an impeachment
memorial, and the House Rules on this procedure, can also be found at
the above address.

If you have any doubts that Bush has committed crimes warranting
impeachment, read this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org/evidence/

If you're concerned that impeachment might not be the best strategy
at this point, read the bottom of this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush, June 18, 2002

"War is Peace."
Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I would feel really safe from this government once I put my name on a petition. It's over folks. Democracy has been hijacked. And here we are wondering whether or not we should vote for One Of Them, Ray Meier.

Biggus Dickus said...

The full text of Rep. Hoekstra's letter can be found at-
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20060709hoekstra.pdf

It is, indeed, most interesting.

Your friend forever,
Biggus Dickus

Anonymous said...

Great. Play into Republican hands. They are using the "Democrats want to impeach Bush" canard to whip up their base.

It's getting harder and harder to determine if this blog is what it says it is, or if it's just another Rove/Republican work of disinformation.

24 Independent said...

Pardon me, but who are YOU? You're just another person who prefers to remain anonymous. I've made my name known, and as much as people have wanted to dig up dirt on me, the most they could find is that I write blogs. Chilling, isn't it?

This is classic Orwell: Holding the Republicans accountable for breaking the laws of the land and attacking our liberty is playing into Republican hands?

Oh, sure.

Who are you again?

Anonymous said...

Getting a little touchy, eh?

Maybe that last post is on to something.

Remember, Zell Miller was a Democrat too.

24 Independent said...

Yeah, and Zell Miller OPPOSES impeachment.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's it. What the Republicans are really hoping for is that the Democrats will start opposing Republican policies, 'cause that's the best way to promote Republican policies.

Suuuuure.

And so, what the Democrats should do, so as not to play into the hands of the Republicans, is to promote Republican policies.

Suuuuuuure.