On Monday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D- OH) introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush. Most of the resolutions deal with the Iraq War and the lies perpetuated in the run up to the war, violation of international law, and the unlawful detention of captives through the use of signing statements. If Bill Clinton could be impeached for perjury relating to the Lewinsky scandal, I certainly don’t know why George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should get a free pass for the costly, unjust, and terribly flawed plan to invade and occupy (rape and pillage) Iraq.
The Democratic Congressional Leadership remains opposed to impeachment because they want to wait it out and feel that such action would be divisive. Back in January, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) asked the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on Kuchinich’s impeachment articles against Vice President Dick Cheney, who many argue is the brains behind this fiasco. Only 17 Democrats in Congress supported this back in January, and only two of those were members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).
I think that impeachment should be on the table. We must hold President Bush and his cronies accountable for the war, the lies, the outrageous injustices in detention centers, etc.
Today a majority of congressional representatives voted to refer the 35 articles of impeachment to the Judiciary Committee. All of the Democrats who were in Congress voted for the referral as did 24 Republicans. Right now it will be up to the Judiciary Committee to follow up with hearings should they decide to pursue any real action. There are two Latinos on the House Judiciary Committee: Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and Congressman Luis Gutierrez. I encourage you to take action by calling and/or writing to both Reps. Sanchez and Gutierrez and voicing support for them to continue with the impeachment process, especially if you are sick and tired of Bush and Company’s stranglehold on a failed foreign policy that will cost us for years to come in tax dollars, a weakened currency, and a tarnished global reputation.
Honorable Luis Gutierrez
2367 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Honorable Linda T. Sanchez
1007 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515