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Democracy can only be saved through non-violence, because democracy, so long as it is sustained by violence, cannot provide for or protect the weak. My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest. This can never happen except through non-violence . . . . Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted Nazism or fascism 

Mohandas Gandhi



 

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PROGRESS TOWARD IMPEACHMENT 

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In This Issue:

David’s Notes
Lewis Lapham’s “The Case for Impeachment”
The Rutland Resolution
The Judevine Mountain Emailite in Review
Contributors’ Notes

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David’s Notes:
Something is happening and you do know what it is, don’t you Mr. Jones? The you-know-what is hitting the fan. First there was Nixon, then Clinton, now many of us hope for the trifecta. This issue of the JME devotes itself to the progress we are making toward impeaching George Bush and his Gang of Thugs in Suits.

First, Lewis Lapham’s crucial and detailed essay published in the March 2006 Harper’s called “The Case for Impeachment.” We provide an on-line link to an extended excerpt from the essay.

Second, a most interesting proposal, called “The Rutland Resolution,” from an attorney in Clarendon, Vermont, who has discovered the legal basis for a state legislature to begin impeachment proceedings against a president.

The legal means is there in The Rutland Resolution. The evidence has already been gathered compliments of Rep. John Conyers, D. Mich. See Lapham’s essay.

Now the only missing element–and it’s a big one–is that for any of this to proceed, we need a Democratically controlled House and Senate. We also need a Democratic Party with the backbone–something it still lacks–to proceed toward impeachment and removal of what Peter Freyne of Seven Days, a Vermont weekly, referred to recently as “the most dangerous, dishonest and incompetent president the United States of America has ever known.”

It is time for Americans to get serious about impeachment and about electing a House and Senate capable of proceeding with impeachment. The level of corruption, bungling and utter disdain for law and human rights this administration has reached is truly amazing. Paul Krugman recently (New York Times, 2/3/06) referred to the cabal in Washington as “The Mayberry Machiavellians.” Well said, and it would be funny too, if all this weren’t so serious.

Finally, we offer an outline, and links, to previous JMEs concerned with The President and His Outlaws. The JME has been on this case since October of 2001.

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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Mohandas Gandhi

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Lewis Lapham’s “The Case for Impeachment”

Editor’s Note: Lewis Lapham’s essay “The Case for Impeachment” begins this way:

On December 18 of last year, Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D., Mich.) introduced into the House of Representatives a resolution inviting it to form a select committee to investigate the Administration’s intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.

In his essay, Lapham outlines Conyer’s detailed case–based on a report of 182 pages, 1,022 footnotes, assembled by Conyers’s staff– replete with damning evidence in every paragraph for the impeachment of George Bush.

It’s all right here, Folks, in black and white.

To read the complete essay, get a copy of the March issue of Harper’s.

To read an extended excerpt go to: http://harpers.org/TheCaseForImpeachment.html

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Corruption ought not to be an inevitable product of democracy.

Mohandas Gandhi

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The Rutland Resolution

Editor’s Note: A. Jeffry Taylor of Clarendon, Vermont, who– like the Editor of the Judevine Mountain Emailite–was an active anti-war protester in the 1960s, has discovered what may be the way to get “the weasel in the White House”–as someone said recently–out of Washington, DC. We first read about Taylor’s Rutland Resolution in Peter Freyne’s “Inside Track” column in Seven Days (3/8/06). Taylor discovered that, as Freyne put it, “the U.S. House operates under published rules, and the rules of the current House, the 109th Congress, includeJefferson’s Manual. Written in 1801 by then Vice President Thomas Jefferson, it’s a book of procedural rules and parliamentary philosophy, originally intended to guide senators in the early days of the republic.” The current House uses The Manual to supplement its official standing rules of procedure. Taylor discovered in Jefferson’s Manual, Sec. 603 the following: _In the House there are various methods of setting an impeachment in motion: one of which is by charges transmitted from the legislature of a State . . . . Taylor realized that if he could get the Vermont State Legislature to adopt articles of impeachment against President Bush, those articles, according to Jefferson’s Manual could then be forwarded to The House of Representatives in Washington, DC, and impeachment proceedings could begin.

For more about possible stumbling-blocks to all this see Peter Freyne’s column “Will Vermont Impeach George Bush?” at: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/columns/inside-track-politics/2006/will-vermont-impeach-george-w-bush-copy-1.html

Here’s A. Jeffry Taylor’s Rutland Resolution.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Section 603 of the Manual of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives provides for impeachments to be initiated on a motion based on charges transmitted from a state legislature, and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has committed high crimes and misdemeanors as he has repeatedly and intentionally violated the United States Constitution and other laws of the United States, particularly the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Torture Convention, which under Article VI of the Constitution is a treaty as part of the “supreme law of the land”,

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has acted to strip Americans of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access to legal counsel, without charge and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a U.S. citizen as an “enemy combatant”, all in subversion of law, and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has ordered and authorized the Attorney General to override judicial orders for the release of detainees under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) jurisdiction, even though the judicial officer after full hearing has determined that a detainee is held wrongfully by the Government, and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has ordered at least thirty times the National Security Agency to intercept and otherwise record international telephone and other signals and communications by American citizens without warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, and designated certain U.S. citizens as “enemy combatants”, all in violation of constitutional guarantees of due process, and

WHEREAS George W. Bush has admitted that he willfully and repeatedly violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and boasted that he would continue to do so, each violation constituting a felony, and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has violated the United Nations Charter and other treaties prohibiting aggressive war by invading Iraq without just cause or provocation, and has misled the US Congress by deliberate or grossly, wantonly negligent falsehoods to obtain the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq resolution (Public Law 93-102-1)

NOW THEREFORE the Rutland County Democratic Committee submits that his actions and admissions constitute ample grounds for his impeachment, and that the General Assembly of the State of Vermont has good cause for submitting charges to the U.S. House of Representatives under Section 603 as grounds for George W. Bush’s impeachment.

The County Committee further submits that Articles of Impeachment should charge that George W. Bush has violated his constitutional oath to execute faithfully the office of President and to the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

In all of this George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President, subversive of constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the State of Vermont and of the United States.

WHEREFORE, George W. Bush, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any offices of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

February 28, 2006
Proposed by Jeff Taylor
Chairman, Clarendon Town Democratic Committee

Adopted: February 28, 2006
Rutland County Democratic Committee

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The Rich must live more simply so that the Poor may simply live.

Mohandas Gandhi

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Contributors’ Notes

Lewis Lapham is Editor Emeritus of Harper’s Magazine.

A. Jeffry Taylor is a Former US Justice Department trial attorney, 2000 and 2004 Electoral College member, Vermont State Counsel for Clinton/Gore and a resident of Clarendon, Vermont. He can be reached at: jeffryt905@yahoo.com

Peter Freyne writes the “Inside Track” column for Seven Days. He can be reached at:freyne@sevendaysvt.com.

Mohandas K. Gandhi was a peace activist, advocate of strenuous, daily, physical labor and the father of modern India.

All quotes from Gandhi are from Wikiquote except the one at the top of this issue and that one is from Gandhi on Non-Violence: A Selection from the Writings of Mahatma Gandhi, Edited and with an Introduction by Thomas Merton, New Directions Paperbook #197

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