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It’s no secret that InSanity has long-favored W’s impeachment. Yet in the euphoria over Obama’s victory and the dream it represents, the soon-to-be-evicted White House resident has been diminished greatly — reduced, in my mind at least, to a petty, small-minded failure who is best ignored completely so as not to sully or distract us from the noble work ahead.  

On the other hand, that task is hollow if we don’t return to our founding values and rule of law. How can justice and fairness be restored throughout the land, how can our constitutional framework be given new vitality if those who violated their oath of office and destroyed countless lives won’t be held accountable? Will citizens ever truly cherish and defend their fundamental liberties if leaders are allowed to trample rights at will? Would it be possible to bring the Bush administration to justice in the spirit of a national civics lesson? 

I honestly don’t know the answer now.

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When Dennis Kucinich spoke earlier this week at the Democratic National Convention, the party censors excised a line from his prepared speech. Speaking of the Republicans, the words that Dennis wasn’t allowed to say were: “They’re asking for another four years — in a just world, they’d get 10 to 20.”

Truer words were never not said!

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been touring the country promoting her book “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters.” Considering what a dismal failure she’s been as leader of the House Democrats, it’s a wonder she expects anyone to take her seriously. The following account of her appearance in Philadelphia earlier this month is a perfect portrait of hypocrisy at a level that rivals George W. Bush’s when he talks about democracy. Pelosi’s words would be absolutely laughable if she weren’t playing us all for fools.

Thanks to Cheryl Biren-Wright, an indefatigable New Jersey patriot, for the kind of reporting that our local and national media fail to do. It’s a longer than usual post but well worth the read:

www.opednews.com/articles/Nancy-Pelosi-Book-Signing-by-Cheryl-Biren-Wrigh-080807-772.html

 

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 Nancy Pelosi Book Signing: Know Your Power, Just Don’t Speak Truth to It

Inside Nancy Pelosi’s book signing in Philadelphia. Her remarks on Iran, Iraq – impeachment? And, what did this reporter ask that caused her to be escorted out of the building?

Arriving at the steps of the Free Library of Philadelphia Tuesday night where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was promoting her book, “Know Your Power,” I was promptly scolded by my good friend, activist Joanne O’Neill.

“What? No impeach sign? Here, take a sign,” Jo insisted. “Nope,” I replied. “I’m goin’ in.”

An hour earlier, I swallowed my pride – along with some bitter acid reflux – as I shelled out 17 bucks to purchase a book about “knowing my power” authored by a woman who spent the last few years wielding very little of it when it mattered the most. But, a little heartburn and forgoing a few lattes for the rest of the week was what it would take for me to get close enough to pose a question to the “most powerful woman” in America.

Having learned of the event just the day before, I was relegated to the simulcast room with about 60 others as the auditorium was sold out. I spotted one friendly in the crowd, but he was clearly in plotting mode so I decided to crack the binding of my new book while I waited for the Speaker to arrive. It was a quick read at just over 170 pages laced with anecdotes, some touching, some inspiring – okay, not so much.

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The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. ~Abraham Lincoln~

Last April, I received a letter from my congressman, Rush Holt, explaining his opposition to bringing impeachment charges against the president. As Independence Day approached, I wondered what stance Rush would have taken during the tumultuous debates that preceded the American Revolution. What follows is the letter I imagine he would have written to a constituent had he been in office then. It borrows heavily, and in places quite literally, from his letter about impeachment as well as the Declaration of Independence:

Dear Citizen,

Thank you for contacting me to urge armed rebellion against the Crown. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in replying.

Like you, I believe King George III’s transgressions are many. Above all, I am angered by his attempts to: (a) impose taxes on us without our consent; (b) deprive us of the benefits of trial by jury; (c) transport us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses; and (d) take away our charters, abolish our most valuable laws, and alter fundamentally the forms of our government.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting armies of mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

In every stage of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Although I would like to see us freed from the House of Hanover’s imperious yoke, armed rebellion would be unwise. The King’s approval ratings still hover around 20%–30%, irrefutable evidence that there is a lack of consensus in the colonies regarding the seriousness of his transgressions. I fear that taking up arms now will be seen as driven by petty slights and leave our colonies in even worse shape than now. We cannot use, or be perceived as using, rebellion as a way to nullify an existing decades-old relationship, or to express generalized anger and opposition to the King. Heaven forbid. With so many Loyalists among us, including small farmers, artisans, shopkeepers, wealthy merchants, Anglicans, slaves, and Indians — not to mention our own Governor, William Franklin, (Benjamin’s son) — it would be very polarizing to launch an insurrection at this time. Years ago, my family strongly opposed the protests against George III’s father, George II, for keeping mistresses and fathering an illegitimate son on the grounds that such outrage was needlessly partisan and hurtful to civic life.

Contrary to what others say, I do not come to this position out of political timidity. I am as bold a leader as you will find, and that is also true of my like-minded colleagues, especially the honorable Madam Pelosi who has courageously taken revolution off the table. Citizens who adamantly insist on the need to rebel would do well to listen to those obviously wiser citizens from whom I also hear, who believe that a successful insurrection would be militarily impractical and unachievable and worse than unwise.

Launching a revolution now would only stymie further efforts to undo the damage caused by the King’s policies. Most significantly, it would distract us from the day’s most important issue — the reason why Marie Antoinette and Louis Auguste have yet to consummate their marriage even now.

If George III’s approval ratings fell below 5%, perhaps the revolutionary cause would then have support. But it is not even close. It would be like bringing an accused suspect to trial without being assured that the jurors are predisposed to find the defendant guilty. No judicial system can afford such unpredictability at a trial’s outset.

For those in government who believe that the King has betrayed his sacred role, the task is to find a way to establish a record and reverse his evil policies. Any ideas? Do you think it’s a good idea to invite His Royal Highness to visit our shores and personally ask him to stop?

I want you to know that I have heard from many citizens like yourself who are frustrated with British tyranny. Two of the great strengths of our fledgling political experiment are the right to disagree and to vote for or against officeholders. I will continue to do my best to represent my district even if it means that 232 years from now, we will still be ruled by another corrupt and dangerous ruler named George.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Sincerely,                                                                              

Rush Holt

New Jersey Legislature

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On February 29, 2008, Nancy Pelosi visited Princeton as guest of honor at a fundraiser for our local Congressman. This was the color version of a b&w ad that greeted her in the local paper:

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This next flyer was deemed a bit too confrontational for Princeton’s delicate sensibilities:
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Protesters were kept hundreds of yards away from the hotel where Pelosi was speaking. It’s only right, after all, that lawmakers who send American men and women overseas to dodge bullets, rockets, and IEDs in an unjustified, catastrophic war, should be protected from critical words.

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GWB speaking to Robert Draper, author of “Dead Certain” (a book about the Bush presidency), about life in retirement—as quoted in the NY Times, September 2, 2007:

We’ll have a nice place in Dallas,” where he will be running what he called “a fantastic Freedom Institute” promoting democracy around the world. But he added, “I can just envision getting in the car, getting bored, going down to the ranch.” 

Only GWB could boast about his institute for promoting global democracy one moment, and anticipate being bored, the next.

Besides, what does he know about democracy anyway—other than how to subvert it?

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CNN has just reported that a fire has broken out at the National Archives and destroyed its original copies of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights. All that is left of the historic documents is a handful of ashes.

A sobbing, grief-stricken National Archives spokesman who wished to remain anonymous says that the loss is unfathomable and leaves the United States eternally stripped of its collective identity. While firefighters worked feverishly to douse the remaining flames, employees were observed outside the building wandering around in a state of shock, some lost in disbelief, others on their hands and knees weeping uncontrollably.

Although authorities have no idea at this point whether the fire was due to an accident, negligence, or terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security has already raised the national threat status to its highest level, “Red/Severe.” President Bush left Washington earlier today for an undisclosed location to oversee plans for the imminent invasion of Iran and North Korea. “We think it’s pretty obvious that this was a terrorist act by those two governments,” a senior official said. “They are the only axis-of-evil nations who hate our freedoms whom we have yet to destroy. America can’t wait for the next attack to start with a mushroom cloud over Crawford, Texas or the Eastern Shore of Maryland.”

Asked how the United States could possibly fight two formidable opponents concurrently with major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this official explained that the following categories of able-bodied citizens would soon be drafted: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, food stamp recipients, the unemployed, filers for bankruptcy protection, unmarried mothers, and registered Democrats.

UPDATE: An FBI investigation into the fire has been brought to an immediate halt by the White House. Press Secretary Tony Snow asserted at an emergency press briefing that FBI agents do not have the proper security clearance to look into this matter. His declaration aroused immediate suspicions that the Administration has something to hide.

2nd UPDATE: People magazine has uncovered evidence that the recent destruction of historical documents at the National Archives was an act of arson perpetrated by Karl Rove on orders from Vice President Cheney. The revelation sent millions of citizens into the streets and flooded the Congressional switchboard with demands for the president and vice president’s immediate removal from office and arrest. Concerned about the possible effects of a Republican backlash, and not wanting to appear soft on international terrorism or divide the country at a time of crisis, Democratic Congressional leaders are continuing to support the invasion of Iran and North Korea. In an emotional gathering on the steps of the Capitol just a few moments ago, they sang the national anthem and announced changes to the Patriot Act that would repeal the First Amendment and prohibit gay marriage.

Cross-posted at: Daily Kos

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