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Get behind the impeachment effort
The e-mail that landed in my inbox last week was typical of the kind of "activism" we see these days. "Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is starting Friday, and continuing on each and every Friday, until this is over, that every red-blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED.
If Bill Clinton could be impreached for lying about his sexual misconduct, surely this president should not be immune from the consequences of his lies and distortions.
"If every one of our memberships share this with other acquaintances, fellow workers, friends, and neighbors, I guarantee that it will not be long before the USA will be covered in RED - and make our troops know there are many people thinking of their well-being." First of all, red is George W. Bush's color, so I'm not gonna wear it until the thoughtcrime police force me. Secondly, do these people seriously think that the average soldier gives one hoot what Americans are wearing on Fridays? How does this help out the troops? The men and women serving our country are valiant and patriotic people who were ordered by an out-of-control president to go to Iraq and kill as many people as they could. That's the truth of war, and it's not pretty. Because their boss allegedly got 51 percent of the vote last year, we're going to get four more years of deployments and wars and killing. That's democracy, or at least it would have been if the election had been conducted fairly. I support the troops 100 percent. I want them to come home - alive. I want them to take full advantage of the education and health benefits guaranteed them when they enlisted. I might even support re-introduction of the draft, since I'm too old and fat to be drafted, and even if I wasn't, I'd find a way to evade it - as Bush, Cheney and Clinton all did. If we really want to support the troops, the answer isn't to put ribbons on your car or by wearing red. There are a number of ways to give back to the troops, from sending care packages to donating to the USO, just to name two. The best way we could have shown support for the troops didn't happen. John Kerry isn't in the White House yet and we still don't have a foreign policy except kill, kill and kill more. The second best way to show support for the troops is to get behind the "Impeach George Bush" campaign. It's beginning to gain momentum around the country, especially in the wake of the release of the Downing Street Memo, which shows that U.S. and U.K. intelligence services deliberately misstated facts in order to justify the Iraq war. A group of congressmen held a hearing recently to debate the implications of the memo and to call for a formal impeachment inquiry of the president and vice president. They concluded that sufficient grounds existed to open such an investigation in the U.S. House and that there was probable cause to believe both the president and vice president have repeatedly violated their oaths of office and have committed high crimes and misdemeanors. If Bill Clinton could be impeached for lying about his sexual misconduct, surely this president should not be immune from the consequences of his lies and distortions about taking the country to war. An organization of mothers of servicemen killed in Mr. Bush's wars has joined the call for impeachment, saying their sons died for reasons other than what the president stated. Meanwhile, we're fighting in Iraq, a country which never threatened us, and diverted military resources that could have been used to find Osama bin Laden and other terrorists who do, in fact, pose a danger to this country. It could be argued that every politician lies and that Bush is no different than any other. But even Nixon's crimes - illegal wiretapping, break-ins and conspiracies to obstruct justice - pale in comparison to what's occurred over the past few years. Clinton allegedly lied under oath; can Mr. Bush's promises to the American people be held to that same degree of responsibility? This isn't an attempt to overturn last year's election, although you could probably justify it just on vote fraud in Ohio alone. If Bush and Cheney were impeached, Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House and a rabid conservative, would become president. Hastert could attempt to unify the country in the same manner that Gerald Ford did when he assumed office after Nixon's resignation. The nation could finally move forward and free elections could be held in 2008 to determine our future leaders. There will be a march of tens of thousands of people in September to call for an impeachment inquiry. This isn't an issue that is going to go away; it's one that's going to keep nagging at this administration. I believe that there are many patriotic Republicans who believe that elected leaders should be held accountable for their actions. Even before next year's congressional elections, when Democrats will likely regain control of both houses of Congress, it's only fair to begin the process now. If the president is exonerated in this investigation, so be it. But until there's a full and impartial investigation, his administration will continue to be clouded by these serious accusations.

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