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April 25, 2007

Finally!! (and what the hell?)

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich,Impeach — frosty @ 9:01 am

(i actually posted this last night, but it didn’t take)

the word is out.  yesterday dennis kucinich filed articles of impeachment against vice president dick cheney.  this is a fantastic first step and could be a great lesson for this administration about the constitution (i’m not sure they’ve ever read it).  when i saw the headline, i nearly jumped out of my seat in excitement.  then i read the rest of the article.  it seems mr. kucinich doesn’t plan on putting a whole lot of effort into really getting the ball rolling on this.  what’s more, the speaker of the house, mousy nancy pelosi doesn’t mince words when she says keeping (and gaining more) the democrats in power is more important than any impeachment proceedings.

its true that i probably don’t understand the political nuances that are necessary to function in DC, but pelosi comes right out and says that politics is more important that doing what’s right.  there’s more at stake here than getting the president and vice president out of office.  impeachment proceedings would send a clear message, to both republican and democratic future presidents that the people will not tolerate the discarding of the constitution for power or political gain.  what this says to me is the democrats don’t like bush and what he does, but they wouldn’t mind it nearly as much if bush were a democrat.

maybe i’ve become cynical about out government, but it seems to me neither party is really interested in anything other than getting and keeping power.  of course, there are members of each party that don’t fit that mold, but as entities both parties are completely corrupt.

i applaud representative kucinich for taking this bold step forward, even if he doesn’t plan to take another.  his actions will add fuel to the fire among liberals and add force to the conversation that’s going on nationwide with regard to impeachment.  and i hope more democrats in the house will wake up and choose to do what’s right, instead of choosing the path of least resistance to keeping their jobs and growing the democratic majority in congress.

what good will a democratic president be if he (or she) continues to ignore the constitution?

April 8, 2007

Meeting with Rep. Abercrombie

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 9:27 pm

On Saturday, April 7, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01) met with a joint gathering convened by Americans for Democratic Action (Hawaii) and Progressive Democrats of Hawaii. About 35 people attended, including the parents of Ehren Watada. The meeting began with an informal discussion before Rep. Abercrombie’s arrival. When he arrived, with Amy Asselbaye, his Chief of Staff, and his pet dog, on behalf of the assembly I welcomed him and gave him his first question. The question drew on a speech by Al Gore in January 2006 and an article in the Washington Post this month which said, in effect, that as a result of actions by President Bush’s administration, the Constitution was in grave danger, and asked whether he was willing to endorse Gore’s call for

  1. A Special Prosecutor to investigate what many believe are serious violations of law by the President, and
  2. Both Houses of Congress should hold comprehensive– and not just superficial– hearings into these serious allegations of criminal behavior on the part of the President, and should follow the evidence wherever it leads.

And if not, why not? Finally, he was asked what he was doing to protect the Constitution against this danger.

There followed a long and vigorous discussion, with many participants. My impression was that

  • Abercrombie said that he would vote for a motion to impeach, if it came to the floor. However, he didn’t think that it would happen.
  • He also thought there weren’t enough votes in the Senate to find Bush guilty.
  • He thought that there were more important things to do, and worried about the House getting tied up in knots debating impeachment.
  • At one point, he defended the Democratic congress, pointing out how much had been accomplished in only 3 months, and that aggressive investigations were under way against the President’s misdeeds.

Not all the questions were about impeachment, but that was the main focus. After the Q & A had gone on for an hour, I was getting signals from Amy that we had 5 minutes more, but the questions were still coming fast and furious passionate, so when I tried to wrap things up, Rep. Abercrombie brushed aside the concern over time, and continued to respond to questions for another 20 minutes or so, and then stayed afterwards for about 15 minutes talking to individuals, including the Watadas, before leaving.

This meeting will not be the last word, but hopefully the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with Rep. Abercrombie. We are grateful for his attention, and for being so generous with his time!

If you were there, please add your own comments on the meeting!

Bob Schacht

April 6, 2007

Local Impeachment Resolution — SCR83

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,SHAPES platform — rachel @ 2:31 pm

At last night’s meeting, we spent a considerable amount of time talking about impeaching Bush & Cheney. One of the highlights is that a local Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR83) “Requesting congress to commence impeachment proceedings against the president and the vice-president of the United States” has been introduced. Please see below for how you can help move this resolution forward.

Other announcements:

  1. Hawaii for Kucinich 2008, the Hawaii campaign organization for US presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), will hold its first organizational meeting at 7 PM on Monday, April 9, 2007 at Weaver Hall, Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Avenue in Honolulu.
  2. Voter Owned Hawaii, the group working to advance the comprehensive public financing bill invites us to: Join them for live music and a rally for Clean Elections at the Capitol on FRIDAY, APRIL 13 FROM 5:00-7:00pm
  3. April 28th — National Day calling for Impeachment: We will likely be coordinating with NION-Hawaii to organize sign waving events to raise awareness about the grounds for Impeachment. Please let us know if you would like to be involved.

Impeachment Resolution ACTION CALL:

SCR83 “Requesting congress to commence impeachment proceedings against the president and the vice-president of the United States” has been introduced and referred to the JDL committee, which is chaired by Sen. Clayton Hee. The deadline for this resolution to be heard is Friday April 13th!

Please call or email Senator Clayton Hee as soon as possible and ask him to hold a hearing for SCR83.
Phone 808-586-7330; Fax 808-586-7334
e-mail senhee@Capitol.hawaii.gov

When a state legislature forwards a bill or a resolution on impeachment to the Congress of the United States, then the Congress is encouraged to act. By forwarding a resolution for impeachment through our local legislature, we the grassroots are asking the US Congress to stand up for us.

The main arguments to use when calling or writing are:

  1. SCR 83 is a resolution and not a bill. As such, it ought to be heard before the JDL committee because it is supposed to reflect the sentiment of the people and the sentiment of the people should be heard.
  2. It will generate a much broader debate and a great deal of local and national attention on the issue of impeachment.
  3. This will help make Hawaii politically relevant on the national stage.

Actual arguments for impeachment should be secondary to your communication to the Senator, as we are only at the point of whether of not the resolution should be heard.

After calling Sen Hee, please consider also contacting Sen Les Ihara to thank him for introducing this resolution as the request of his constituents.

Mahalo Nui.

April 4, 2007

i’m sorry, WHAT?

Filed under: HI Politics,National Politics — frosty @ 2:54 pm

so, as i was attempting to catch up on what’s going on, i came across this article at thehill.com.  here’s just a bit:

The Military Times had reported that Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee want to keep the term out of the 2008 defense budget because the panel’s “Democratic leadership does not like the phrase.”

what i don’t understand is how democrats claim to have such a jam-packed agenda that they can’t find the time to talk about impeachment, but somehow manage to find the time to argue about something as inane as whether the phrase ‘global war on terrorism’ is good or bad.

maybe it’s my cynicism talking here, but somehow, as ridiculous as this sounds, it doesn’t surprise me one bit.  yes ladies and gentleman, these are the people who we elected to make the tough choices and run the country.  it’s no wonder they get so little real respect from the electorate.

of course, these are the types of things about which they choose to debate (argue?).  if only issues like health care or the environment could get such attention.

April 2, 2007

SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING meetings

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,HI Politics — BobSchacht @ 7:59 am

A very important series of community meetings is being held in the next 35 days on sustainability issues! This is our opportunity to contribute directly to this process, and will have a long-range impact on life in Hawaii! The following announcement is from the Hawaii2050 press release; for information on sites on the neighbor islands, see the press release.

PUBLIC INVITED TO STATEWIDE COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR THE
HAWAI‘I 2050 SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING PROCESS
Community Input Crucial to Long-Term Planning for Hawai‘i

Honolulu – The Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Task Force invites the public to the second round of community meetings for the Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan in April and May.

The statewide gatherings will continue engaging residents in the discussion about sustainability and the long-term future of Hawai‘i. This community-driven process is one of the cornerstones of the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan that the Task Force will present to the state Legislature in December.

“Our communities are filled with insightful people. We want to tap the wisdom of our kupuna, the energy of the keiki, the experiences of working families and the innovative spirit of businesspeople,” said Senator Russell Kokubun, Chair of the Hawai‘i 2050 Task Force.

“By bringing as many facets from the community as possible to the planning process, we can create a better long-term future for everyone. We encourage the public to attend.”

The meeting schedule is:

O‘ahu
Coordinated by Derrick Kiyabu. Phone: 550-2661; derrick@hacbed.org

  • Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kapolei Elementary School Cafeteria – 91-1119 Kama‘aha Loop.
  • Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kailua High School Cafeteria – 451 Ulumanu Drive
  • Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Beach Elementary School Cafeteria– 59-360 Kamehameha Highway
  • Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at McKinley High School Cafeteria – 1039 S. King Street

These are important meetings! Let’s participate!

Bob Schacht

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