Tuesday, July 24, 2007


The Takoma Park City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of the president and vice-president. I live in a good place.

WHEREAS, President George W. Bush, in his oath of office, swore to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States;" and

WHEREAS, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, in his oath of office, swore to "support
and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic;" and

WHEREAS, it is a fundamental principle of U.S. jurisprudence that no one is above the
law and no one may operate outside of our constitutional system of checks and balances; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to defraud
the United States of America by intentionally misleading Congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the National Security Agency to
conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired to commit the torture of
prisoners in violation of the "Federal Torture Act" Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture Convention and the Geneva Conventions, which under Article VI of the Constitution are part of the "supreme Law of the Land"; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted to strip American citizens of
their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a U.S. citizen as an "enemy combatant", all in subversion of law; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have arrogated excessive power to
the executive branch in violation of basic constitutional principles of the separation of powers while acting to undermine the authority of the legislative branch and the judiciary by issuing "signing statements" that claim that the executive branch may disregard laws enacted by Congress when the President or his subordinates deem it appropriate, and by the above referenced conduct; and,

WHEREAS, in all of this George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have acted in a manner contrary to their trust as President and Vice President, subversive of constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of Takoma Park, MD and of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, petitions from the country at large may be presented by the Speaker of the House according to Clause 3 of House Rule XII.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Takoma Park, Maryland, that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrant impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT our senators and representatives in the United States
Congress be, and they are hereby, requested to cause to be instituted in the Congress of the United States proper proceedings for the investigation of the activities of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, to the end that they may be impeached and removed from such office; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City Clerk shall certify to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, under the seal of the City of Takoma Park, a copy of this resolution and its adoption by the Council of the City of Takoma Park, as a petition, and request that this petition be delivered to the Office of the Clerk and entered in the United States Congressional Journal. The copies shall be marked with the word "Petition" at the top of the document and contain the original authorizing signature of the City Clerk.


hsempl said...

it's the mother fucking apocaplypse?

Rob said...

Impeach the motherfucker already.

orion said...

This is just and right... no question...the right thing to do...they deserve it... why won't it happen?

Rob said...

I wonder what would happen? I wonder if Bush would simply refuse to leave office? He obviously feels that Congress has no legal hold over him. Short of a military coup, what do you do about a president who considers himself above the law?

Mike said...

I'd be more impressed if the officials calling for impeachment were, um, the ones who have the consitutional power and duty to impeach executive branch criminals. I mean, it's nice and all that the Takoma Park City Council recognizes the need, but where's Congress? (And what does it even mean to be a Democrat? Some Of My Best Friends Are Democrats, but the fact that Bush hasn't been impeached is a perfect example of why I'm not.)

Rob said...

Goodness knows congressional Democrats don't want to do anything that might undermine their chances in 2008. Like, oh, holding the president accountable to the rule of law or anything like that. (But remember what Harry Reid said! By god, history's going to kick W's ass!)

As for what it might actually mean to be a Dem, damned if I know. They've allowed the Republicans to control the discourse for so long, and they're all so afraid of appearing too liberal. And of course as reasonable people they prefer to find non-zero-sum ways of solving conflicts, which in itself is a fine thing as long as your opposition shares that preference, which the grumpy white male faction of the Republican party doesn't.

Goddamn it, Mike. You got me all cranky. Now I have to go watch some "West Wing" reruns.

"...Somebody came along and said liberal means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on communism, soft on defense, and we're going to tax ya back to the stone age, because people shouldn't have to go to work, if they don't want to. And instead of saying 'Well, excuse me, you right-wing reactionary xenophobic homophobic anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, leave it to beaver trip back to the fifties,' we cowered in the corner and said 'please don't hurt me'. No more."

Ahh. That's better.