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Impeachment, "Off the Table" and On the House Floor Kucinich Impeachment Articles mention RAW STORY copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may say impeachment is off the table; nonetheless, on June 9, 2008, Congressman Dennis Kucinich placed it on the floor. For five hours, the Ohio Representative stood before his colleagues and an expectant national audience. Kucinich spoke of what has remained unmentionable for far too long. The President of the United States of America has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. The contents of thirty-five articles affirmed President George W. Bush deceived the nation. Congressman Kucinich contends, the President violated his oath of office. The Commander-In-Chief led our country into the Iraq war under false pretenses. On hundreds of occasions, George W. Bush made use of signing statements. These declarations allowed the Administration to disobey laws. With the stroke of a pen, the President proclaimed a ban on torture was extraneous to his reality. Mister Bush decided to shun provisions he endorsed and proposed when he explained the need for a Patriot Act. The list of laws George W. Bush disregarded is extensive. A year ago, the Ohio Congressman and former Presidential hopeful, introduced a resolution to censure Vice President Dick Cheney. Dennis Kucinich understood that this Vice President exerted more power than any other person who previously held his position. Indeed some argue, Dick Cheney is more if not equally culpable for crimes enacted by the Executive Branch. The resolution censure Cheney was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Thus far, no action has been taken on the motion. However, members of the Committee have verbalized their support. Florida Representative Robert Wexler, Congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois, and Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin vehemently called for hearings. The three believe as does Dennis Kucinich does, grounds for an arraignment are sufficient. For these outspoken Representatives,...
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Tim Russert Physically Passes, A Legacy Left Behind Tim Russert Passes copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org I was in the Silver Sweetness, what most think of as a metal means for transportation. I just pulled into her little house. I was about to turn the radio off, and place the mechanical being into park. Suddenly, the broadcaster announced homage to Tim Russert would be forthcoming in the program. "Tim Russert?" I asked myself why might a story on the Journalist I saw on a television screen hours ago be the featured essay. Then, the newscaster said what I did not wish to hear, Tim Russert had passed. Washington Bureau Chief, Russert had a heart attack earlier in the day. I wondered. I had only been away from all media sources for little over sixty minutes. This could not be. Immediately, I thought, people say they will never forget where they were when they heard John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. While I recall that day and I might dismiss the lack of intensity I felt to my age, in truth, I know it is not that for me. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as great a man as he may have been, did not seem as full of love as I experienced Tim Russert to be. Granted, I knew neither personally. Nonetheless, as I observed the zeal that was Tim Russert's every breath I felt an energy, an enthusiasm, a joy for life, and for all mankind, that I did not, do not sense in most any individual, inclusive of the charismatic President Kennedy. I recall the whiteboard and the words "Red State" and "Blue." I remember the man and the "Meet the Press" programs he hosted. I sat for hours on end on many an election eve and listened to his evaluations. As the polls closed, he and...