Running against peace and prosperity

“It’s amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency.” —George W. Bush,

June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Perrson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling President Bush lied to the people and to Congress about weapons of mass destruction and the purported “grave and imminent” threat Iraq posed to the U.S.

George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld have carried out a pre-emptive war of aggression, attacking people who did not threaten the United States and killing and maiming thousands. Their actions violate the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Charter, which prevents countries from waging attack on other countries except as an act of self-defense in response to an imminent threat.

The Bush administration and Attorney General John Ashcroft have treated the Bill of Rights with contempt and have sought to roll back decades of hard-won civil rights and rights for working people. This president has claimed for himself the authority to jail citizens and residents of the United States indefinitely, without any charge against them, without trial and without access to a lawyer.

The unilateral actions of the Bush administration in waging and threatening wars of aggression do not serve the interests of the people of the U.S. The billions of dollars being spent on war, taken from the working people of the U.S., are being funneled to the Big Oil and Corporate elite who are Bush’s true constituents.

Therefore, I have joined with the more than 500,000 people who have called for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Co. at This campaign, initiated by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, has drafted articles of impeachment for introduction in Congress and is gaining great momentum around the U.S.

America, wake up! Our freedom, our Constitution, our way of life is being ripped apart while we are being passive spectators.

Bryan Redington is a Rockford resident.

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