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Way to go Russ.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Censure & Impeachment
There is every reason to be enthusiastic about U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold’s decision to ask the Senate to consider a pair of censure resolutions condemning the President, Vice President and other administration officials for misconduct relating to the war in Iraq and for their repeated assaults on the rule of law.Indeed, as the movement to impeach Bush and Cheney attracts more support with each passing day, Feingold’s resolutions should be seen as evidence that the essential American principle of presidential accountability is finally being put back on the table by responsible members of Congress.
Feingold is renewing and extending a call for censure that that the Wisconsin Democrat initially made in March, 2006. The senator now proposes one resolution censuring the president, the vice president and their aides for overstating the case that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, particularly nuclear weapons, and falsely implying a relationship with al Qaeda and links to 9/11; for failing to plan for the civil conflict and humanitarian problems that the intelligence community predicted; for over-stretching the Army, Marine Corps and Guard with prolonged deployments and for justifying U.S. military involvement in Iraq by repeatedly distorting the situation on the ground there. A second resolution would censure the administration for approving the illegal NSA warrantless wiretapping program, for promoting extreme policies on torture, the Geneva Conventions, and detainees at Guantanamo; and for refusing to recognize legitimate congressional oversight into the improper firings of U.S. Attorneys.
Feingold, a Constitutional scholar, is well aware that these misdeeds of the George Bush, Dick Cheney and their minions fall, as the senator has suggested, “right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors.” He has frequently suggested that he “would not rule out any form of accountability,” including an impeachment inquiry beginning with proper investigation and hearings.
But, as a senator, Feingold cannot initiate an impeachment.
The founders, wisely, rested that power with members of the U.S. House.
THIS IS STEP ONE.
Step Two: more backers in the House for impeachment (start with Kucinich's call to oust Uncle Dick and then expand to the entire regime!)
Step Three: Get this country back to its roots of democracy, diplomacy...

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