|Almost two years ago, a Zogby poll found Americans support Impeachment. At the time, the topic was wiretapping. Fifty two percent were certain President Bush must be held accountable for spying on the public without warrant. Forty three percent of the public disagreed and six percent declined to state or did not feel they could make an informed judgment. Today, there is less chatter. Telephone trolling is not the focus. During the month of November 2007, we might discuss National Security Letters. As the Bush Administration claims and makes use of its presumed powers to obtain logs of Americans' Internet activities without court approval, a majority of citizens may still believe censure is necessary.
Americans that wished to pursue impeachment and preserve privacy rights when surveyed in 2006 likely feel no less intent today. In January 2006, Republicans controlled the United States Congress. Thus, it was expected and accepted that no action would be taken. Now, under Democratic rule, the situation remains the same. Democrats ignore the desires of their constituents en masse.
Responses to the Zogby poll varied by political party affiliation: 76 percent of Democrats favored impeachment, compared to 50 percent of independents and 29 percent of Republicans.
With the Democratic Congress in place, the electorate realizes there is little reason to feel relieved. Presumed Progressives are no more productive than those on the Right. Promises made during the campaigns have yet, to be fulfilled. Indeed, the newly elected Congress rubber-stamps Bush's Bills just as the former Congress did. Americans do not approve of their Representatives. Polls show there is much disdain for Congress. Not since 1995, have members of Congress been viewed in such a low light. A slight twenty nine percent of the population is satisfied with the work done on the floor of the House or Senate. Residents within the United States want action.
Most Americans oppose fully funding President Bush's $190 billion request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a sizable majority support an expansion of a children's health insurance bill he has promised to veto, putting Bush and many congressional Republicans on the wrong side of public opinion on upcoming foreign and domestic policy battles . . .
Part of the displeasure with Congress stems from the stalemate between Democrats and the White House over Iraq policy. Most Americans do not believe Congress has gone far enough in opposing the war, with liberal Democrats especially critical of their party's failure to force the president into a significant change in policy.
Yet, members of the House and Senate remain comfy in their Congressional seats, as does the President and his Vice in theirs. There was a wondrous threat to the security of the Vice President, Dick Cheney in April 2007. This nation's only leader, Dennis Kucinich submitted a resolution to impeach the man behind the main man, Richard Cheney. However, Democrats reluctant to do other than stay the course, refrained. They in their infinite wisdom to ignore the will of the people, tabled the resolution. Perhaps they thought while Americans express their dissatisfaction with the President, the House, and the Senate, they love Darth Vader, otherwise known as Dick Cheney. Might Mister Cheney's stealth posture be admired and therefore above reproach. Indeed, Americans think not. One need only look at the list of epithets used to describe this leader. Perchance we might consider, Vice President Cheney is not unscathed in the polls.
In July 2007, the American Research Group, Incorporated, surveyed a sample of average Americans and discovered fifty four percent of all adults, and fifty percent of voters, thought it best to impeach Dick Cheney. Forty percent disagreed, while six percent declined to sate or felt they could not offer an informed opinion. Months later, a Zogby survey revealed much the same.
Zogby Poll: 51% of Americans Want Congress to Probe Bush/Cheney Regarding 9/11 Attacks; Over 30% Seek Immediate Impeachment
Released: September 06, 2007
Kansas City, MO (Zogby International) September 6, 2007 - As America nears the sixth anniversary of the world-churning events of September 11, 2001, a new Zogby International poll finds a majority of Americans still await a Congressional investigation of President Bush' and Vice President Cheney's actions before, during and after the 9/11 attacks. Over 30% also believe Bush and/or Cheney should be immediately impeached by the House of Representatives.
Strategy aide W. David Kubiak adds, "While only 32% seek immediate Bush and/or Cheney impeachment based on their current personal knowledge, a clear majority of citizens still seems hungry for a full exposure of the facts. The results suggest widespread public support for legislators like Rep. Dennis Kucinich who pledge to investigate unanswered 9/11 questions in the relevant congressional committees this fall. We hope more of our representatives find the spine to respond to this escalating dissatisfaction with the dubious accounting we have received thus far."
In the state of Vermont, the citizens are outraged. Nearly Two-Thirds Of State's Likely Voters Want President, VP Removed Before Term Ends.
CBS) Earlier this year, town meetings across Vermont asked citizens if impeachment proceedings should be initiated against the president and vice president. Thirty-seven towns voted yes, and the Senate approved a resolution calling for impeachment.
Now a statewide poll conducted by CBS affiliate WCAX in Burlington, Vt. posed the question to 400 likely voters. Sixty-one percent said they would be in favor of Congress beginning impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Thirty-three percent opposed it, and 6% were not sure.
The numbers for Vice President Cheney differed only slightly: Sixty-four percent favored impeachment, while 31% opposed it.
Seventy-five percent of respondents said they categorized the president's performance as "fair" or "poor."
Today, November 6, 2007, Dennis Kucinich once again affirmed how serious an issue impeachment is, not just for him personally, but for the people that are "America." Aware that if we impeach from the supposed top down we may be in more dire straits, the possible future President Congressman Kucinich, through his action demonstrated he is the voice of the people.
Dennis Kucinich avowed his intentions are his actions. This time Kucinich offered a privileged resolution to impeach the duplicitous Dick Cheney. This type of motion entitles a Representative to read the articles of impeachment into the Congressional record. The statement was broadcast on C-SPAN Network and is available for all the world to view.
Please review the full transcript of the privileged resolution. Representaitve Dennis Kucinich Privileged Resolution.
It seems the seriousness of this decree again escaped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts. Pelosi was adamant that regardless of what the public wants and the Constitution commands is best to preserve the State of the Union, "Impeachment is off the table." As she had earlier, the Speaker again declared this measure must be squashed. The ineffective and less than impressive Congresswoman from California concludes Iraq and children must be our focus.
The autocratic Leader, aware that Americans want us out of the Middle East justified her reactive rationale. Cognizant that millions of Americans need Congress to pass a version of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan that the President cannot veto, through her spokesman Nadeam Elshami, House Speaker Pelosi proclaimed . . .
Congress is focused on responsibly getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, covering 10 million uninsured children and meeting national priorities long neglected by the Bush administration.
However, citizens of this country know this is not true. We, the people, watch as Congress repeatedly refuses to cut the funds for the Iraq war. Citizens read of compromises made in an effort to approve the State Children's Health Insurance Plan [SCHIP]. Americans realize that Democrats increased funds for Abstinence Only programs, regardless of the fact that these classes do nothing to inhibit teen "entanglements."
Americans recognize that House Speaker Pelosi and her sycophant supporters are certain American will complain; yet, remain apathetic. The newer crop of do-nothing-Democrats mirrors the people. Citizens say they are dissatisfied with this Administration; yet they resign themselves the President and his Vice will remain in office. Our countrymen clamor and Congress reiterates, "There is no time to prosecute the President or his right-hand man." "Hearings will halt all other business." "Impeachment proceedings are a distraction.'
Very few Americans take to the streets and protest, "We want Cheney out." Conventional wisdom is registered only in useless polls. According to a recent Harris survey, seventy-two percent of the electorate believe Vice President Cheney is doing only a fair or poor job.
No matter, the man that does or does not work within the Executive Branch will remain in office with a little help from his friends or foes in Congress.
As expected, in defense of the decisive [or is it defiant] Nancy Pelosi, toady, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat from Maryland, choose to act on the Speaker suggestion. Hoyer dismissed the value of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's motion to censure the Vice President and moved to "table" the resolution.
All observers expected this measure to pass easily. However, the Republicans, in their desire to ridicule the Democrats decided they would allow the resolution to stand. They hoped to force a debate on the floor. Those on the Right were certain such a fruitless dialogue would confirm the impression, Democrats prefer to whine. Those on the Left of the aisle suspend work and engage only in silliness.
However, realizing the possibility Democrats might be embarrassed by a hasty debate, and fearful of what might occur, House Majority Leader Hoyer spoke up once again. Steny Hoyer meant to save the day and forego deliberation, hopefully forever. Thus, he offered a motion to refer the resolution to the Judiciary Committee. There Hoyer hopes the measure will die of neglect.
After the vote on the impeachment resolution, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unequivocally said he expects no action taken by the Judiciary Committee to consider the Kucinich articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney. "The speaker and I have both said impeachment, either of the president or the vice president, is not on our agenda," Hoyer told Capitol Briefing.
He said that this is the "waning" era of the Bush White House, meaning any impeachment proceedings would merely divert attention from the Democratic agenda of trying to actually halt the Iraq war and domestic items such as expanding health insurance for poor children. "This would take us months," Hoyer said of impeachment, saying that Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) already has a "busy agenda".
All is well that ends well, or is it. Fortunately, wiser minds may prevail. Not only do numerous citizens believe it is time to change this regime, Congressman Dennis Kucinich found support for his proposal.
86 Democrats voted against tabling the Kucinich resolution, signaling the base-line level of support for impeaching Cheney; 165 Republicans sided with Kucinich;
14 Democrats on Judiciary, including Conyers, also voted with Kucinich, more than half the Democrats on the panel;
Just four Republicans - Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Tex.) and Mike Rogers (Mich.) - voted in favor of sending the resolution to committee. Gilchrest, Jones, and Paul have all opposed the Iraq war, not surprising for them to be potentially supportive of impeachment proceedings. Rogers, however, has been a loyal Republican on Iraq war votes.
Perhaps the best part of this privileged resolution is that the motion can be repeated again and again. As persistent as Pelosi is to table consideration, Kucinich may be more so. I trust with the endorsement of the seventy plus percent of the people disillusioned with Dick Cheney, Dennis Kucinich will do as no other Democrats have done. Future President Kucinich, I applaud, greatly admire, and hugely appreciate you!
Sources for Censure. Resources for Impeachment . . .
Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Kucinich Statement on Privileged Resolution. Congressman Dennis Kucinich. November 6, 2007
Kucinich Will Introduce Privileged Resolution To Force Up Or Down Vote On Cheney Impeachment. Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich Privileged Resolution. Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Debate on Cheney Impeachment Averted. The New York Times. November 6, 2007
pdf Debate on Cheney Impeachment Averted. The New York Times. November 6, 2007
Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Cheney. Washington Post. April 24, 2007
pdf Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Cheney. Washington Post. April 24, 2007
Most in Poll Want War Funding Cut, Bush's Approval Rating Ties All-Time Low. By Jon Cohen and Dan Balz. Washington Post. Tuesday, October 2, 2007; A01
pdf Most in Poll Want War Funding Cut, Bush's Approval Rating Ties All-Time Low. By Jon Cohen and Dan Balz.?Washington Post. Tuesday, October 2, 2007; A01
Vice President Dick Cheney: Job Ratings. The Harris Poll. October 5-8, 2007.
UPDATE: Hoyer: "Impeachment .. not on our agenda." By Paul Kane. Washington Post. November 6, 2007
Memorandum Of Impeachment Strategy in the House of Representatives. The Conservative Caucus
Article III. Privileged Motions. Robert's Rules of Order Revised. By General Henry M. Robert. 1915 Version, Public Domain
Sex; Education, Abstinence, Angst. By Betsy L. Angert. October 20, 2007
Abstinence 1, S Chip 0. By Amanda Robb. The New York Times. October 18, 2007
Poll: Vermont Wants Bush, Cheney Impeached. CBS News. November 1, 2007
New poll shows majority of Americans think Cheney should be impeached. Raw Story. July 6, 2007
American Research Group, Incorporated.