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“America is a nation without a distinct criminal class; with the possible exception of Congress.”
Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens

On November 6th, Dennis Kucinich exercised a Congressional privilege and introduced his bill, H Res 333 on the House floor to impeach Vice-Criminal Richard V. Cheney. Some people question the timing of introducing the resolution on that day. Was it just motivated by the proximity to the Iowa Caucuses? Is Dennis actually concerned with our Constitution and preventing a seeming impending attack on Iran? Either way, a resolution to impeach any, or all, of BushCo has been long overdue and was supported by many of the progressive base which is clamoring for peace and accountability.

As soon as the resolution was introduced, House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (D-Md) made a motion to “table” or kill the resolution. The vote to do so was supposed to last for fifteen minutes, but lasted for over an hour as the vote, which was at first 3 to 1 to kill the resolution, started tipping the other direction as repugs started to switch their votes from the “yea” to the “nay” column (not because they are finally growing some true patriotism, but because they almost always cynically use political manipulation). From the first, the Democrats overwhelmingly voted to kill the resolution, following their treasonous leadership who are boldly asserting that parts of our Constitution dealing with impeachment; spying on Americans without warrants; and incarcerating Americans without due process or torturing human beings are no longer valid. BushCo and Pelosi/Hoyer’s Congress, Inc have rewritten the Constitution with the blood of almost 4,000 Americans and over one million innocent Iraqis.

After Hoyer’s obedient move to kill the resolution was unsuccessful, he immediately made a motion to send the bill to Congressman John Conyers’ (D-Mi) House Judiciary Committee. That motion passed with most Democrats voting “yea.” So more than likely, Dennis’ motion of today can languish in committee along with the one that he introduced straight to committee seven months ago. Yesterday Rep. Conyers’ defended the Speaker’s traitorous demolishing of the Constitution by saying: “If she (Pelosi) were to let this thing (Justice, maybe?) out of the box, considering the number of legislative issues we have pending…it could create a split that could affect our productivity for the rest of the 110th Congress.” Well, with the 110th Congress’ past “production” of pissing off Turkey and giving George billions of more dollars to continue the deadly (2007 worst year for deaths in Iraq) occupations while legitimizing George’s crimes, affecting their “productivity” might be a good thing.

Deposed House Majority Leader, Tom Delay is a criminal that used his position as Leader as a personal financial windfall for his family and his contributors. Tom Delay was forced to step down as Majority Leader as a slew of scandals rocked his office and the affects are still being felt in other members of Congress. Nancy Pelosi’s selection as Speaker was groundbreaking, and way past time, as the first female Speaker, but she has been, not only a failure but a disaster to democracy. She admitted it herself last week when she said she would give Congress low ratings, too. She acts like she is a helpless player in this national order of things. If only the world wasn’t filled with “Senators and Republicans,” then she would be able to do her job! If the world wasn’t filled with Senators, House Reps, Dems and Repugs, my son would still be alive and I would still be a working Mom in Vacaville, Ca. We often have to work or make do with a set of circumstances that are not ideal, but that should not prevent us from doing our jobs with integrity and courage. It shouldn’t prevent us from being effective, but when it comes to Congress, Inc, it mostly always does.

Even though I am once again disappointed (but not surprised) by the antics of the House of Representatives today, I have never been in favor of impeaching Darth Cheney, only. In fact, Dennis told me a few days before he introduced H Res 333 that he was going to do so. Dennis and others have argued that if we impeach George first, then Dick will be president. Well, who doesn’t believe that Dick hasn’t been president for the last nearly seven years anyway? If Dick is impeached first, then George will appoint a new V.P. that could be just as bad, if not worse, and we all know that Congress will immediately roll over and approve George’s choice (with a few token “grumbles”). I have always been in favor of impeaching them both, simultaneously, but I am not so sure anymore. If George and Dick are impeached, then someone who is as much of a tool of the corporate establishment, Nancy Pelosi would become our president for the final months of an already catastrophic failure.

The entire bunch of co-conspirators with BushCo, that some people call the “Democratic Leadership” need to be removed from their positions of power in the House. Particularly, Nancy and Steny need to make way for some leaders who will represent the progressive base and not abuse our commitment, passion, and organizations any longer.

There are a few things that we can attempt to keep Dennis’ dream (and ours) alive:

Contribute to Dennis’ presidential campaign. Yesterday, Republican candidate, Ron Paul raised over four million in one day: giving his candidacy a profound shot in the arm. Show Dennis some support and love by donating to him. He put himself in front of both sides of the aisle and that takes a certain amount of integrity and courage.

Contact Congressman John Conyers to urge him to now do his duty to investigate the charges in H Res 333 by holding hearings and actually enforcing subpoenas.

Call other members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Call Congressman Jerry Nadler whose sub-committee has been using H Res 333 as seat cushions for seven months.

Support my candidacy and other independent, progressive candidacies. If there is no good candidate in your district, run yourself, or search for one to encourage and support.

No matter how corrupt, calculating, callous and contrary Congress seems, never give up! The establishment would love for us to go away and be silent so it can continue its raping and pillaging of everything that is important to us.

We are awake now, and we must never go to sleep again.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush's war of terror on 04/04/04. Sheehan is a congressional candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. You can visit her campaign website at She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy, or visit Cindy's website.

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  1. Lloyd Rowsey said on November 8th, 2007 at 7:08am #

    When last I lived in Vacaville, Cindy, I sent money to Howard Dean. I’m almost afraid to send money to Dennis. Now I’ve gone and bet fifty that you beat Pelosi in the 8th district next year but I’m not even a San Francisco resident. I have a law degree (1966) but I’ve never practised, and I got to thinking last nite that “Cindy better be concerned about getting her candidacy FILED.” So, I went to Findlaw, and I found:

    • United States Code
    U.S. Code as of: 01/3/05
    Section 382. Notice of contest

    (a) Filing of notice
    Whoever, having been a candidate for election in the last
    preceding election and claiming a right to such office, intends to
    contest the election of a Member of the House of Representatives,
    shall, within thirty days after the result of such election shall
    have been declared by the officer of Board of Canvassers authorized
    by law to declare such result, file with the Clerk and serve upon
    the contestee written notice of his intention to contest such
    (b) Contents and form of notice
    Such notice shall state with particularity the grounds upon which
    contestant contests the election and shall state that an answer
    thereto must be served upon contestant under section 383 of this
    title within thirty days after service of such notice. Such notice
    shall be signed by contestant and verified by his oath or
    (c) …


    THAT MIGHT MEAN that you do not have to be greatly concerned about formally presenting papers until after election day, 2008, and that Pelosi can waive objections to your contesting her seat if she’s so inclined, in any case. But it’s basically gobbledegook to me. To me, it’s saying, in effect, no one can ever challenge an incumbent for the first time.

    The bottom line. Talk to the best lawyer can find, ASAP, about filing to run in the 8th Congressional District.

    Lloyd Rowsey

  2. rgaylor said on November 8th, 2007 at 11:37am #

    I don’t have a problem with this description of the ‘nature of things’ political. I don’t disagree with the appeal for support for Kucinich with a bit of financing. I don’t disagree with the idea that we should hold Bush-Lite (er, Pelosi) and the other dimmocraps (Conyers, Nadler, etc.) accountable for something other than mediocrity.

    But, the phrase: “We are awake now, and we must never go to sleep again” is a pipe dream. Sadly, the reason we buy into the election of these sleazy jerks is because somewhere along the line we have bought into the ideas that ‘America is Great,’ and ‘Capitalism is good.’ I, for one, don’t think either is demonstrably true … America isn’t great … and never has been precisely because we have always either been the shock troops of empire (for the Brits until our alleged revolution), or we have been aggressive, greedy, self-righteous bastards (and bitches) from the beginning of the republic.

    Sadly, the reality is that the Pelosi is less a woman than an American … and that is a sad thing. Any demagogue can use that to keep the so called ‘patriotic’ from doing what is right.

    Finally, PLEASE do use my email to complain to me directly … I really don’t mind: ten.skrowtentvpnull@rolyagr … In the paraphrased words of Michael Moore, I am a librarian, and we do know how radical those people are!

  3. hp said on November 8th, 2007 at 3:40pm #

    Golly gee, whenever I see an article talking about who is a liar, traitor, deceiver in our criminal congress, who it is actively abetting the continuation of the policies of death, destruction and greed; the one common denominator is always there, looming in plain sight. The neocon Zionist Israel firster traitorous bastards. Always.
    I’ll vote for anyone, the Devil himself, as long as they tell Israel to kiss their ass. The proof is in the pudding.