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Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Emperor on Trial

The New York Times (my ever growing source for positive news!) reports a bombshell!

If you thought that congress was on a permanent vacation, you might well be right, but... Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, at least, is hard at work.

"Over the last seven plus years, there have been numerous credible allegations of serious misconduct by officials in the Bush administration," said Conyers, a Michigan Democrat.

According to the NYT, Conyers "scheduled a July 25 hearing on 'the Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush and possible legal responses.'"

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, had previously ruled out impeachment, when former presidential candidate, and vegan, Congressman Dennis Kucinich brought impeachment charges against Mr. Bush.

The resolution is sponsored by Congressman Kucinich, who has long been a voice of progress and dissent in his congressional career. Here is a description of the resolution from his website.

Some of my thoughts, click below.

That the congressman uses the language "Imperial Presidency," is a positive thing. We have been living in a fear-factory, and there was a time in this man's administration that one in Mr. Conyers' position would not dare use such language. There was a time in this man's administration where people on the street did not feel comfortable using such language. That is not positive.

That it has taken eight years to even begin to consider bringing this man to justice, that is not positive. That it is happening now, is positive. This is a positive step towards the possibility of retrieving the integrity of our Constitution and the integrity of our reputation. Congressman Kucinich has worked tirelessly to bring a message of peace and progress to the American people. Most of the time he was not given fair and equal media coverage, and his message was smeared and lost in the spin.

In an era when nearly 80% of Americans do not believe our country is on "the right track," it is a positive thing when the legislative institution, established to serve as a protection AGAINST the very manipulations and abuses of power that this administration has exhibited with hubris, begins the legal process of investigation. It is a positive thing when the House Judiciary Committee Chairman can issue just legal and political decisions and yet be slandered by the current administration as "putting the final stamp on a chairmanship that will be most remembered as a political vaudeville act." We all know, in contrast, who the showmen have been.

Positive hope is, perhaps, possible for our nation, yet. While it is a little late, let us all write Congressman Conyers and say, Thank you!

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