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                     November 7, 2007 

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        The Many Vices of Cheney Demand An Accounting...

        But Democratic House Leadership Have Just Squelched An Impeachment

        How Long Will They Be Able To Ignore What Most Americans Want?  

               The American Mass media have not ;et the American people
       know that the growing public discontent with the White House has
       actually led to a bill in the House to impeach Cheney
. It is important that
       we hear the truth.  And see what is really going on in this matter.  This site
       will try to fill that need.  Check back often.

                Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is going way past normal presidential    
       campaigning.  On November 6th, ge has untroduced HB 433 to impeach
       VP Cheney.. He stated that "“Vice President Cheney continues to violate
       the U.S. Constitution by insisting the power of the executive branch is
       supreme.. Congress must hold the Vice President accountable. The
       American people need to let Members of Congress know how they feel
       about this. The Vice President continues to use his office to advocate for
       a continued occupation of Iraq and prod our nation into a belligerent
       stance against Iran. If the Vice President is successful, his actions will
       ensure decades of disastrous consequences.”..He believes Cheney is cooking
       intelligence estimates right now to justify an attack on Iran.  Unless Cheney
       is stopped, he wrote that he is afraid there will be a new war, this one with

       ( http://www.dennis4president.com/go/newsroom/rumsfeld-memos-corroborate-targeting-of-iran,-kucinich-charges/ )
               Here is the Roll Call vote to table (dismiss) the resolution to impeach
       Cheney.  135 Democrats followed Pelosi's lead and voted YES.  86 voted NO.
       165 Republicans voted NO. to continue the discussion.

       In doing this, he confronts the Democratic House Leadership under Speaker
       Namcy Pelosi.  She has said "impeachment is off the table". The House
       Judiciary Committee, headed by Conyers (D-MI), hitherto had no plans
       to take up hearings on Kucinich's bill to impeach Cheney.  Neither the
       New York Times or the Washington Post reported on   Kucinich's  use
       a rarely used House procedure to bring a bill before the full House without
       Committee approval.
       See my Blog from October 5, 2007:

      What brought the issue to a head?
       A series of articles ran in late June in the Washington Post had disclosed
       that the vice president was the real leader behind Bush’s decision to violate
       the Geneva Conventions and to illegally deny international protections to
       captives in what he has called the War on Terror, including captives from
       Afghanistan and Iraq, and to set up a regular program of torture of captives.
       Cheney also made the silly assertion that he did not have to respond to
       Congressional subpoenas and requests for information about the activities
       of his office because as vice president, he is president of the Senate,
       and thus is not a part of the executive branch

      :51% of Americans would like to see this president and Vice
     President impeached and removed from office, acording to a
     Newsweek magazine poll in October 2006, invluding 29 percent of
     Republicans!), but the mass media ignores this and won't do
     additional polls on impeachment. There's more tjat they're not saying.


       In the latest polls, only 21% of Americans rate Cheney job performance
       as VP as :"excellent" or "pretty good".  72% say his performance is "poor".
       (Source:  http://www.pollingreport.com/C.htm )   Bush's approval rating
       is  31% according to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll.. 64% disapprove.
       ( http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm )

       Impeachment of Cheney would be a shot across Bush's bow, telling him not to
       continue on his reckless course to war with Iran.   Is it not  the responsibility
       of Congress to impeach in the event the White House lies Anerica into an
       unnexessary war.  How true this assertion is will only come out if the
       Constitutional respobsibility of Impeachment is used.   In resulting debate
       and hearings would let everyone and Congress decide for themselves.

        Democratic Leadership Squeches Impeachment Bill on November 6

             Showing their willingness to affront Americans that voted for them and the
       majority of Americans, the House Democrat Leadership barely fought off a
       straight-up vote on Kucinich's  anti-Cheney resolution.  Republicans supported it,
       ironically. In the end, Democrats stifled a discussion by offering a motion to refer the
       proposal to the House Judiciary Committee for further study.  That motion passed
       by a largely party-line vote of 218-194.  There seems no willingness on the part of the
       House Leadership to impeach Cheney. So, who among their voters in
       2006 will trust them in the future?
  Their reasoning and excuses are not public.
       They certainly should be.

                     What Do Democratic Presidential Candidates Say?

       Dem. Governor (NM)  Richardson says he is not enthusiastic about  Kucinich
       resolution and says he would probably vote "NO" on impeachment of Cheney
       (CNBC interview 11/6/2007).:









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    ================ Votes for Impeachment ==============
Vermont Senate - http://www.vermontguardian.com/local/042007/ImpeachmentVote.shtml
Portland, Maine -
San Francisco -
San Fernando Valley -
Madison - vote defeated.
Alaska State Democratic party passes impeachment resolution NR7.
California San Francisco and Berkeley pass impeachment ballot measures in November 2006 election. Sebastopol passed 5/18/06. Impeachment forum held at Democratic Convention 4/29. Berkeley passes resolution 4/25/06. Fairfax 7/5/06. Koretz' AJR39 expired in 2006.
Colorado State Democratic party adds impeachment to platform on 5/20/06.
Connecticut Action in New London.
Florida Activists rally in South Florida.
Hawaii Senator Les Ihara Jr. has introduced impeachment resolution SCR83.
Illinois Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood) introduced HJR0125 in the state Assembly in 2006, Champaign/Urbana passed ballot initiative on Nov 7th
Indiana Lake Station rejects impeachment on April 13th.
Maine MaineImpeach.org is working on getting the state legislature to pass an impeachment resolution.
Massachusetts Amherst passes resolution.
Maryland Takoma Park passes resolution on 7/23/07
Michigan National Lawyers Guild had a teach-in June 28th.
Minnesota ImpeachForPeach.org promoting Do It Yourself Impeachment
Missouri Jamilah Nasheed has introduced an impeachment resolution, HCR 46, on 3/29/07.
Montana Montanans for Impeachment leading the charge.
New Hampshire Hanover passes impeachment 111 to 42 on May 9th, 2006.
New Jersey North Jersey Impeach Group making good progress on state legislation.
New Mexico Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino has introduced an impeachment resolution on 1/23/06. It passed Rules on 2/16.
New York Nyack votes unanimously for impeachment.
North Carolina Meeting planned for April 27th at Durham Main Library
Ohio Oberlin becomes first city in Ohio to pass resolution.
Oklahoma Oklahoma becomes 15th state to pass impeachment resolution at their state Dems convention.
Oregon Lots of activity in the Portland Area. State dems pass resolution in 2005.
Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo launches impeachment petition campaign drive.
Rhode Island US Senate candidate Carl Sheeler calls for state impeachment.
Texas Representative Lon Burnam filed HCR 154 on 3/19/07
Washington Senator Oemig introducing a state resolution SJM8016 on 2/14/07. Olympia considering passing a city resolution.
Wisconsin 2005 Democratic Party Convention passed a resolution.
Vermont Senate passes SR0016 calling for impeachment on 4/20/07! Dozens of cities and towns have also passed town measures.
Virginia Campaign underway to fly impeachment banners from airplanes.
---------------------Historical Bush Approval Ratings: updated 10.23.2007------------------------------------------------

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ohn Nichols Fri Nov 2, 3:30 PM ET   The Nation
                             Calling the Question -- In the House -- on Impeaching Cheney       

Broadcast media's gate-keeping "stars" have done just about everything in their power to keep the matter
       of presidential accountability off the radar of the American people. That was evident during the most recent
       Democratic presidential debate, when NBC anchors Brian Williams and Tim Russert meticulously avoided
       following up on Congressman Dennis Kucinich's three references to impeachment but somehow found time to
       grill the contenders on UFOs and what costume Barack Obama would be wearing on Halloween.

       Pollsters are almost as bad. Rarely are questions about impeachment included in statewide or national surveys.

        Despite the lack of media coverage, however, when citizens are asked what they think about holding members
        of the Bush administration to account, they respond with an enthusiasm far greater than that displayed for
        impeaching Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal. It is this reality -- as opposed to the state
        of denial fostered by so much of the media and the political class -- that Congressman Dennis Kucinich will act
        upon next week, when he offers a privileged resolution on the House floor to bring articles of impeachment against
        Vice President Dick Cheney.

        Kucinich will face an uphill fight in a chamber led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat
        who continues to say that impeachment is "off the table."

        The Ohio congressman and long-shot presidential contender may not be following the rules of engagement
        as dictated by major media and his party leaders. But when Kucinich raises the issue of impeachment, he
        will be speaking for a great mass of Americans who agree with his argument that, "Congress must hold the
        Vice President accountable."

         How great?

         A fresh poll conducted for Vermont's WCAX television station finds that citizens of that state enthusiastically
         believe that Congress beginning impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Sixty-one percent of the
         Vermonters surveyed favor taking steps to impeach the president, while just 33% oppose doing so.

         The numbers are even higher for impeaching Cheney. Sixty-four percent of Vermonters favor beginning the
         process of holding the vice president to account, where only 31 percent are opposed.

         The greater level of support for impeaching Cheney parallels the few nationwide figures that have been
         ascertained. When the American Research Group conducted a national survey in early July of this year, it found
         that 54 percent of American adults wanted the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Cheney -- with
         76 percent of Democrats, 51 percent of independents and a striking 17 percent of Republicans favoring the step.

         Forty-six percent of Americans surveyed backed impeachment proceedings against Bush -- with support for
         impeachment at 69 percent among Democrats, 50 percent among independents and 13 percent among Republicans.

         What is notable is that, when Time magazine surveyed Americans in the late spring of 1974, after the Watergate
         scandal had evolved into a full-scale crisis of confidence in Nixon's presidency, only 43 percent favored impeachment.

         A media that actually had a sense of history, not to mention reality, would focus on the fact that Americans are
         more supportive of a congressional intervention to thwart Bush and Cheney's wrongdoing than they were of moves
         to hold Nixon to account just months before the former president resigned in disgrace.

         Now, it falls to Kucinich to speak the reality that, "The momentum is building for impeachment. Millions of citizens
         across the nation are demanding Congress rein in the Vice President's abuse of power." Says the congressman,
         "Despite this groundswell of opposition to the unconstitutional conduct of office, Vice President Cheney continues
         to violate the U.S. Constitution by insisting the power of the executive branch is supreme... The Vice President
         continues to use his office to advocate for a continued occupation of Iraq and prod our nation into a belligerent
         stance against Iran. If the Vice President is successful, his actions will ensure decades of disastrous consequences."

         Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment against Cheney several months ago, and his H. Res. 333 has
         attracted almost two dozen co-sponsors. All Democrats, they are:

                                Tammy Baldwin (D-WI),
                                Robert Brady (D-PA),
                                Yvette Clarke (D-NY),
                                Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO),
                                Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN),
                                Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN),
                                Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA),
                                Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA),
                                Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX),
                                Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA),  - ran for office, calling for impeachment.
                                Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI),
                                Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA),
                                Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), - senior member of Washington State delegation.
                                                         - Sits on the House Ways and Means and Judiciary Committees
                                Rep. James Moran (D-VA),
                                Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ),
                                Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL),
                                Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY),
                                Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA),
                                Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA),
                                Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
                          and Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD). 

                         Frustrated by the refusal of Democratic leaders to set up a process for holding hearings on his
                         proposal, Kucinich will use an arcane House rule allowing for the prodding of the process with |                        
                         privileged resolutions to try and force consideration. Once introduced, a privileged resolution
                         must be addressed within two legislative days.

                         Kucinich is expected to offer his privileged resolution on Tuesday. He expects to continue pushing
                         it until the House acts. That action is likely to be a successful move by Democratic leaders to table
                         the measure. Such a vote could be instructive, however, in that it would provide a rare measure of
                         the willingness of at least some House members to respond to the popular will
-- which is that Dick
                         Cheney be held to account.

                                 WHO IS DENNIS KUCINICH?

                 Here is what Gore Vidal wrote in The Nation.  ( http://www.thenation.com/doc/20071126/vidal _

So who is he? Something of a political prodigy: at 31 he was elected mayor of Cleveland. Once he had been installed, in 1978, the city's lordly banks wanted the new mayor to sell off the city's municipally owned electric system, Muny Light, to a private competitor in which (Oh, America!) the banks had a financial interest. When Mayor Kucinich refused to sell, the money lords took their revenge, as they are wont to do: they refused to roll over the city's debt, pushing the city into default. The ensuing crisis revealed the banks' criminal involvement with the private utility of their choice, CEI, which, had it acquired Muny Light, would have become a monopoly, as five of the six lordly banks had almost 1.8 million shares of CEI stock: this is Enronesque before the fact.

Mayor Kucinich was not re-elected, but his profile was clearly etched on the consciousness of his city; and in due course he returned to the Cleveland City Council before being elected to the Ohio State Senate and then the US Congress. Kucinich has also written a description of his Dickensian youth, growing up in Cleveland. He has firsthand knowledge of urban poverty in the world's richest nation. Born in 1946 into a Croatian Catholic family, by the time he was 17 he and his family had lived in twenty-one different places, much of which he describes in Dreiserian detail in a just-published memoir.

Kucinich is opposed to the death penalty as well as the USA Patriot Act. In 1998 and 2004 he was a US delegate to the United Nations convention on climate change. At home he has been active in Rust Belt affairs, working to preserve the ninety-year-old Cleveland steel industry, a task of the sort that will confront the next President should he or she have sufficient interest in these details.

I asked a dedicated liberal his impression of Kucinich; he wondered if Kucinich was too slight to lead a nation of truly fat folk. I pointed out that he has the same physical stature as James Madison, as well as a Madisonian commitment to our 1789 Constitution; he is also farsighted, as demonstrated by his resolute opposition to Bush's cries for ever more funding for the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More to the point, in October 2002 he opposed the notion of a war then being debated. For those of us at home and in harm's way from disease, he co-wrote HR 676, a bill that would insure all of us within Medicare, just as if we were citizens of a truly civilized nation.

Other Essays in This Series:
John Nichols for Joseph Biden
Ellen Chesler for Hillary Clinton
Katherine S. Newman for John Edwards
Bruce Shapiro for Christopher Dodd
Richard Kim for Mike Gravel
Michael Eric Dyson for Barack Obama
Rocky Anderson for Bill Richardson

   Talking Points for Impeachment.









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