The Smirking Chimp has accompaniedJohn Nirenberg to Nancy Pelosi’s office:
I had been to Nancy Pelosi’s office in the Cannon House Office Building before. In fact, I’d been there several times and usually had a pleasant stay, often very quick and efficient, other times prolonged by everyone’s enjoyment of the songs my friends in pink were singing, and as often as not resulting in new friendships with fine officers of the Capitol Police who accompanied us out. This time was going to be different.
Just a few of us went by there on Wednesday. No cameras. No songs. And no signs, since we’d already left those at the door with our Capitol Police friends, who continue to get the wrong impression about us. We walked in and said “Good afternoon,” which they apparently mistook for the voice of the Filipino Monkey saying “We are come to slaughter your children.”
It surely looks like citizens are the equivalent of midges to your Speaker. Shoo ’em off! They might ask uncomfortable questions, too.
“I have to make sure that the record is clear that everybody that is reasonableabout this understands where congress is coming from. It is not from Nancy Pelosi. She cannot take impeachment off of MY table… now, if there is anyone in this hall or in this country that can sit with me and reason with the problems that I see not to verses the reasons they can promote going forward, I am happy to meet with you. Matter of fact, even if you can’t out argue me on this, I am happy to meet with you.
Because I think about this every single day. How I can go down in history as the guy that followed his friends and blew the chance to grow the Congress and take over the Presidency and get rid of some of these judges; to get universal health care; to do all the things to create peace in this world, or not.”
No matter how he tries to make it seem that what he is doing is for OUR good, the fact is, he is clearly looking out for his own interests. He doesn’t want to go in history as “the Guy” that blew the dems chances this Nov.
Is that what he was hired to do? And whatever happened to expecting selflessness from our elected officials? Can Conyers not even see how totally offensive his line of reasoning is?
He goes on to say that he is still open-minded about the issue. Now this speech is apparently from Sept. of this year, so maybe the Wexler petition and other things have swayed his opinion some already, but I don’t think that Conyers has any intention of changing his mind on this issue.
Kucinich’s question of privilege to impeach the Vice President will die in the Judiciary Committee under John Conyers watch, if something dramatic doesn’t happen soon.
The most criminal regime in the history of this country will be allowed to continue posturing for war with Iran, and handing over BILLIONS to their buddies because elected officials like Conyers and Pelosi don’t want to RISK a failed impeachment hearing and the possibility of electoral blow-back.
Party trumps justice.
Party trumps security.
Party trumps the wishes of most citizens in this country.
And many of our fellow democratic/progressive bloggers and activists are buying this lie.
Willy has a great talent for telling it the way it is. Go to the American Everyman to read the rest of the post, and watch the video of Rep Conyers.
John Nirenberg would walk 500 miles. And it sounds like he would walk 500 more. But unlike the persistent pop tune by The Proclaimers, he refuses to be the man who falls down at Nancy Pelosi’s door.
Nirenberg, a hearty New York City native and current resident of Brattelboro, Vermont, intends to be standing when he reaches Washington, D.C. around January 10, at the conclusion of a scheduled 40-day walk that began in Boston on December 1. This fall, the 60-year-old professor of organizational behavior and Air Force veteran decided to traverse Route 1 on foot to implore House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
“It was about a whole collection of issues around the Constitution and the behavior of this administration,” explains Nirenberg, who finds that his sense of outrage and jogging background help him complete 15 miles per day. “Especially the torture issue, the spying, and an illegal war. All of this, at some point, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I decided that I needed to do something different.”
In the event of a rogue presidency, the founders of our great nation provided for protections for us, the citizens, under the constitution in the form of a process called impeachment.
Though rarely spoken, the word itself holds great power in that it binds the president and his entire administration to the laws of the nation and makes them all accountable to the people.
As a constant threat, impeachment forces the president and his administration to work within the confines of our system of checks and balances.
Without impeachment, there is no limit to what a rogue president can do.
Though the process has rarely been used, it has never been needed or justified as much as it is right now.
Yet, Nancy Pelosi began her term as Speaker of the House of Representatives by announcing “Impeachment was off the table”, thus giving the corrupt president a free hand in his last two years in office.
TheZoo’s willyloman has summarized Dennis Kucinich’s Impeachment Resolution over at his blog, the American Everyman. He makes the Resolution more understandable, and highlights Cheney’s crimes and key phrases.
Here’s a taste:
Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United
States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
In his conduct while Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of Vice President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has purposelymanipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, representing the 20th District of Florida, needs to be given some attention. It would seem she has been talking to Pelosi, behind the scenes like Diane Watson told us in her candid town hall meeting. Schultz said, in an interview with Ed Schultz Show, “when what we should be focusing on are… our efforts on expanding the Democratic majority and electing a Democratic President.”
In a previous article I had detailed how Diane Watson had expressed the “real” reason that the House Dems were trying their level best to derail the impeachment proceedings. She claimed that behind the scenes Pelosi was urging the other democrats to defeat the impeachment proceedings in order to use this illegal administration as some kind of ploy to help in the Nov. ‘08 elections to garner more Democratic members and ultimately a Democratic president!
“Yes dear, there really are such things as monsters.”
Our version of democracy suffered a serious blow, yesterday. After Kucinich’s question of privilege survived the motion to table put forth by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D), Hoyer then motioned to have the question of privilege sent to committee. That motion went forward, and this morning, John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, finds himself looking at HR 333, the impeachment of the seated Vice President of the United States of America.
In what can only be described as one of the most intriguing tactical maneuvers in years, the House Republicans first voted with a majority of the Democrats to table the bill. Halfway through the vote, every single Republican had voted and had voted to table it (tabling the question of privilege would effectively kill it). But then, by design, the republican members of the House stared to switch their votes. One by one.
Gold, Oil and the Euro: Amidst fears, that the latest rate cut by the Federal Reserve will still not be enough to curb the financial markets crisis, the Dollar lost again to the Euro. Gold reached an all time high and oil hit $97. And for those who think this is restricted to the housing and financial markets, think again! And again!