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September 20, 2007

Constitutional Impeachment Needed!

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 9:33 pm

Today, the Star-Bulletin published my op-ed—but without the links or references. So here it is, with links.
September 17 is Constitution Day, and begins a week of celebrations honoring the Constitution of the U.S. But missing from the headlines is this truth: our Constitution is in crisis!

  • President Bush authorized illegal warrantless wiretaps, in violation of the fourth amendment of the Constitution;
  • Vice President Cheney has committed multiple crimes against the Constitution, according to a conservative Republican, Bruce Fein;
  • Bush, Cheney, Rove and Gonzales have conspired to undermine the Constitutional balance of powers by ignoring Congressional subpoenas and circumventing judicial oversight mandated by law (e.g. FISA courts).

And this is probably just the tip of the iceberg (see George W. Bush versus the U.S. Constitution: the Conyers Report [2006]).

Our representatives in Congress took an oath of office, required by the sixth article of the Constitution of the United States, and their oath states: (more…)

Frustrated Netroots vs. Congress on the War, et al.

Filed under: 1Stop War,HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 1:43 pm

Frosty’s lament today is hardly an isolated concern. There’s more here:

Primary Challenges Haunt Democrats, by BooMan (Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 11:07:06 AM EST). This blog includes a quote from Rep. Neil Abercrombie about the disconnect between what the anti-war group wants, and what the Democratic representatives feel able to deliver. This is also revealed in a recent national poll by Andy Kohut that aired on PBS September 19, 2007.

ANDREW KOHUT: Yes, I mean, I think, with respect to the Democrats, that’s the case, because what we saw also is the percentage of Democrats saying that their leaders are not doing enough to push Bush on Iraq. In July, that percentage was 54 percent, and in September, it was 61 percent.

It is also reflected in my op-ed piece today in the Star Bulletin, “Follow the Constitution: Initiate impeachment.” I am totally frustrated by Speaker Pelosi’s declaration that impeachment is off the table. (more…)

August 18, 2007

We are in a Constitutional crisis!

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach — BobSchacht @ 8:08 pm

Why are we in a Constitutional crisis? Let me count some of the ways:

  • President Bush authorized illegal warrantless wiretaps
  • Vice President Cheney engaged in a conspiracy to “out” a CIA agent
  • Attorney General Gonzales has lied under oath and is engaged in obstruction of justice
  • Karl Rove violated the Hatch Act and politicized the Department of Justice
  • Bush, Cheney, Rove and Gonzales have conspired to undermine the balance of powers by ignoring Congressional subpoenas and circumventing judicial oversight mandated by law (e.g. FISA courts)

And this is probably just the tip of the iceberg!

The Constitutional solution to this crisis is impeachment.


Reps. Abercrombie, Hirono Meet the People

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach — BobSchacht @ 7:43 pm

Today (August 18, 2007) Reps. Abercrombie and Hirono met with their constituents at events organized by the Democratic Party. I went to the first hour of Mazie’s meeting, at the Kaneohe YWCA. The meeting was co-hosted by “Windward Women,” and they did not want any impeachment bumperstickers or petitions or even flyers about Democratic positions on impeachment. Outside, however, I was greeted by friends who accepted my flier on the Constitutional crisis we’re in, and some signed an impeachment petition that I brought. There were about 30 people in attendance, and it seemed like I knew about half of them.


July 25, 2007

Open Letter to Rep. Abercrombie

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach — BobSchacht @ 11:41 pm

Dear Rep. Neil Abercrombie,

Our country is in the midst of a Constitutional crisis. Paul Craig Roberts wrote on Counterpunch (July 16, 2007),

Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.

Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of “executive orders” that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, “terrorist” events in the near future.


July 16, 2007

Impeachment Discussion with Ann Wright

Filed under: Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 4:32 pm

I am visiting family and friends on the mainland this week, but I wanted to let you know about this important event! (See below). Please attend– and bring a friend! And then come back here and offer your comments on the event! (Follow this post to the bottom and click on “Comments”).

Bob Schacht

Discussion with Ann Wright
Wednesday, July 18, 7pm
Revolution Books
“Impeachment IS on the Table”

Ann Wright is in town for a few days and Revolution Books, along with World Can’t Wait-Hawai`i, invite you to a talk and discussion with Ann about impeachment.

* When Ann returns to Washington D.C. next week she’ll be accompanying Cindy Sheehan on Cindy’s visit to Nancy Pelosi’s office to deliver her challenge on impeachment.

* On Friday Ann will openly challenge Hawai`i’s congressionals to take action to impeach Bush and Cheney (including Abercrombie and Hirono, who have both recently spoken out against impeachment). Watch for the announcement of a press conference at the Federal Building on Friday! (And we chose this picture of Ann to show that when she challenges someone, she really delivers a challenge!) (more…)

July 5, 2007

what could they possibly be thinking?

Filed under: Impeach,National Politics,SHAPES platform — frosty @ 4:03 pm

in the wake of bush’s commutation of libby’s prison sentence, democrats in congress are all worked up.  another wrong has been committed by this administration and democrats want to look busy trying to do something about it, without actually having to take an real, strong, definitive action.

another hearing.  yes, that’s right.  the house judiciary committee has announced that it will hold hearings on the president’s clemency powers.  doesn’t it make you feel warm and fuzzy inside?  good thing they’re on our side… oh, wait….  what could possibly come from these hearings?  i guess it’s about all the judiciary committee can do, though in everything i’ve read about this, no one has said the president was, or even might have been, out of bounds.  i haven’t heard anything suggesting the commutation of libby’s prison sentence was beyond the powers of the executive branch. (more…)

June 21, 2007

Impeachment update

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 9:33 pm

Common Cause is now advocating impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Our petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales already has more than 12,000 signatures, thanks to activists like you. We need to keep up the momentum. Help us double the number of people calling for impeachment today!

They have a great new video up on youtube, and a new petition to sign.

Bob Fertik on Democrats.com also has a petition to impeach Gonzales.

And Democracy for America is also campaigning to impeach Gonzales:

If George Bush won’t fire him, impeaching Alberto Gonzales is the only way to restore integrity and accountability to the Justice Department. Ten dollars to DFA today keeps the momentum going.

On their website they also have an even better video about why Gonzales needs to be impeached.


May 17, 2007

Breaking developments!

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 10:47 pm

So much has been happening recently!

  • Two hearings featuring Attorney General Gonzales before two different congressional committees
  • Two hearings featuring James Comey, the former Deputy Attorney General to John Ashcroft who appointed Patrick Fitzgerald;
  • Other investigations by the committees led by Waxman, Leahy, and Conyers, generating headlines virtually every day.
  • Frontline has aired a report on the Bush Administration’s domestic spying activities

The most stunning of all was the testimony by Comey, a few days ago, on a subject that Sen. Schumer has apparently been trying to arrange for more than a year, in which Comey describes the night-time race to the hospital bedside of John Ashcroft, heavily sedated for surgery, to get there before then-Counsel to the President Gonzales and Andrew Card, who apparently were going to try to get Ashcroft to sign off on a secret intelligence plan that Comey thought was illegal. Steven Bochko could not have come up with a better script! Unfortunately, this was not on CSPAN, but it was televised online by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and you can see the most dramatic 20 minutes of the testimony at Politics TV! [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxHjWYA50Ds] This video already has had almost 30,000 viewers!

You can get the complete 57 page pdf transcript of Comey’s testimony .

Or you can just listen to the audio (scroll down to #6 on the list).
Comey’s testimony has opened up a whole pandora’s box, because even though he said nothing about what the secret intelligence plan was, it was clear that it was (a) illegal, and (b) approved anyway by President Bush the next day, apparently with the enthusiastic approval of VP Cheney and Gonzales. For this act alone, the three of them should be impeached and removed from office!!!

To get more commentary on this, you can read the live blogging of the hearing by FireDogLake, with all the hundreds of comments on what was happening in real time.

Or you can read Marcy Wheeler’s excellent analysis of the illegal spying programs.

DailyKos is now on fire with impeachment talk.

But will it happen? I don’t think we can afford to content ourselves with being spectators. Here’s what we need to do:

  • Share this information with your family and friends– not just here in Hawaii, but on the mainland. Encourage them to watch the Comey testimony at the Politics TV link above.
  • Write letters to the editor
  • Write your congress-persons, including senators. If you’ve written before, write again.

We need to do more. Write a comment with your ideas (click on the “>>” after the word “Comments” at the end of this post, and then scroll down to the window where you can enter your comments.)

For the sake of our country and our children, we need to get these crooks out of office before they pull even more crazy stunts. And you can bet they’re busy with their schemes.
These are the times that define the future.

Bob Schacht

May 2, 2007

A28 Impeachment Day Activities

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 8:25 pm

On Saturday morning, April 28 (AKA “A28”) in Honolulu, about 50 people spelled I-M-P-E-A-C-H with large florescent poster boards at 5 city intersections, such as

  • Atkinson/Ala Moana (at the entrance to Ala Moana Park),
  • Keeaumoku/Kapiolani (at the entrance to Ala Moana Shopping Center),
  • King/University Intersection (gather at the park in front of Star Market),
  • Kalakaua/Kuhio (at the entrance to Waikiki at the Kalakaua statue)

and a freeway overpass. Response was overwhelmingly positive (running about 15 supporting for every person opposing). Lots of passers-by raised their fists, laid on their horns, shouted, or gave an enthusiastic shaka. Trolleys transporting loads of tourists from one mall to another rang their bells, and lots of city bus and truck drivers honked their horns.

At one intersection two groups holding poster boards became “cheerleaders” – enthusiastically shouting “give me in ‘I’…give me an ‘M’…and raising the appropriate letter.

The team holding their signs over a busy freeway overpass were there for an hour before police threatened arrest for “creating a traffic hazard” – finally forcing them to move to a nearby crowded intersection.

Many people stopped to give their opinions about Bush or Cheney – ranging from complete outrage to “we just gotta wait until the elections”. But the support for impeachment was obvious, with many saying Bush should have been impeached long ago. While the numbers who came out to demonstrate were smaller than we hoped for, the overwhelming support from the street kept spirits up and gave rise to suggestions as to how to continue and strengthen the demand.

Details of this report have been adapted from the World Can’t Wait-Hawai`i newsletter. A short video covering the protest at one of the corners is here. Click on “Impeachment” under Browse by Category to access it.

Thanks to all who participated!


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