Monday, April 24, 2006

Chicken-stealing dogs

Illinois and California legislatures are calling for impeachment, using an obscure Jeffersonian rule that empowers state legislatures to initiate proceedings by joint resolution. If either succeeds, the measure will arrive at the House as a "highly privileged motion" on which they are obligated to act.

We're talking four high crimes & misdeanors and one felony:

WHEREAS, President Bush has publicly admitted to ordering the National Security Agency to violate provisions of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a felony, specifically authorizing the Agency to spy on American citizens without warrant; and

WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that President Bush authorized violation of the Torture Convention of the Geneva Conventions, a treaty regarded a supreme law by the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, The Bush Administration has held American citizens and citizens of other nations as prisoners of war without charge or trial; and

WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that the Bush Administration has manipulated intelligence for the purpose of initiating a war against the sovereign nation of Iraq, resulting in the deaths of large numbers of Iraqi civilians and causing the United States to incur loss of life, diminished security and billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses; and

WHEREAS, The Bush Administration leaked classified national secrets to further a political agenda, exposing an unknown number of covert U. S. intelligence agents to potential harm and retribution while simultaneously refusing to investigate the matter....
Whereupon the House will take it up, refer it to the Judiciary Committee, and vote no along party lines, right?

Whereupon we will have forced them to defend the indefensible, kept the scandals alive throughout the campaign season, highlighted the venality of the Republican rubberstamp Congress, and nationalized the midterm elections.

It's called tying a dead chicken around the neck of a chicken-stealing dog. Let Senator Snowe and her compliant fellow Republicans wear the stench of this administration with them wherever they go. May they have trouble sleeping. May they sicken themselves and quit.

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