National anger reflected in impeachment calls

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Jan. 7, the drumbeat grew even louder. More than 150 events were conducted around the country calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush. One such town hall meeting in Madison, Wisc., also dealt with the war in Iraq. It was sponsored by the Veterans for Peace.

Other such meetings were co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America and by

According to Matthew Rothschild of the Progressive, about 350 people attended the Madison rally. He reported they were enthusiastic about bringing our troops home from Iraq, but their enthusiasm peaked when the subject of impeachment was raised.

Conventional wisdom in Washington is that impeachment is out of the question because the Bush administration controls Congress, which would have to vote for it. Ed Garvey, a noted Wisconsin progressive, observed that the same thing was said about women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement—out of the question.

Rothschild said Garvey commented that when he is finished with this struggle, he would like to state the same as Rosa Parks after the Atlanta bus boycott: “My feet may be tired, but my soul’s at rest.”

Packed crowds were reported at other meetings in Sacramento, Chicago, and Livonia, Mich.. A city council in Arcata, Calif. became first in the nation to adopt a resolution demanding Bush’s and Cheney’s impeachment. The grassroots murmur is growing into an audible growl.

In Congress, eight members of the U.S. House have joined in co-sponsoring House Resolution 635 to establish a select committee to probe the grounds for impeaching President Bush.

The Atlanta Progressive News reported the co-sponsors are: Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Rep. Lyn Woolsey, D-Calif.

Wisconsin’s own senator, Sen. Russ Feingold, said he also will consider impeachment but cautioned the matter must be thoroughly investigated before hurrying to draft articles of impeachment.

“I think there is an orderly and dignified way to find out what happened,” Feingold said. “And if there was a legal violation, there needs to be accountability. You can’t put the cart before the horse,” he told the Vermont Guardian, “but I would not rule out any form of accountability.” Feingold said that includes impeachment.

One of the most pointed comments came from former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who served on the House Judiciary Committee that impeached President Richard M. Nixon. She called for the impeachment of Bush in an article published in The Nation magazine.

She said: “A president, any president, who maintains that he is above the law—and repeatedly violates the law—thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment and removal of office.”

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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