A few (small) bits of happy political news

Two little things happened on the political front today that give some faint hope that the country hasn’t degraded completely into a torture-loving big-brother kleptocracy:

  1.  Senator Chris Dodd managed to push off via filibuster threat the Senate vote to give immunity to the major telecom companies against any aid they may have given the Bush administration concerning illegal eavesdropping.  Even most of the Democrats had caved and were happy to let the telecoms get a free pass for potential lawbreaking, without  having all the facts looked at.  You can go to Dodd’s website to throw a little love and campaign contributions his way; I’m doing both.
  2. Representative Robert Wexler has received tremendous support for hearings regarding the impeachment of Dick Cheney.  The original goal of 50,000 online supporters has been passed and the new goal is 250,000.  You can sign onto the petition at this link.

Most frustrating about both these events is the near lack of media coverage.  CNN’s coverage of the telecom bill contains only a brief mention of what many consider to be a horrifying abuse of the constitution.  I couldn’t find any mention at all of the call for impeachment hearings.

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3 Responses to A few (small) bits of happy political news

  1. izzy99 says:

    One thing I like about Senator Obama is he says if he is elected he will put any bill put before him for his signature online for two weeks to get feedback from the citizens before he signs or not. He wants a government You Tube channel to keep citizens aware of Washington happenings.

    We need more of that kind of government in this land of government “of, for and by the people”. Even Hillary says the government needs to lie to the people. Huh? We are the government supposedly.

    I do not know about impeachment; who replaces Cheney if it could be accomplished anytime soon? GWB pretty much set the people up. He replaced Supreme Court Justices with ones of his choosing. Impeachment is tried in a court of Supreme Court judges. The admin is so totally corrupt, I do not think we, the people, could get either impeached, even with the help of our elected representatives like Feingold and Kucinich that have been pushing for it.

  2. Dennis says:

    Not true, the Impeachment of Cheney would be done in the US Senate or am I wrong?

  3. Dennis: Actually, both branches of Congress take place in the full impeachment process. To quote Wikipedia:

    The impeachment-trial procedure is in two steps. The House of Representatives must first pass “articles of impeachment” by a simple majority. (All fifty state legislatures as well as the District of Columbia city council may also pass articles of impeachment against their own executives.) The articles of impeachment constitute the formal allegations. Upon their passage, the defendant has been “impeached.” Next, the Senate tries the accused.

    So the start of the process is in the House, but the final vote on punitive action takes place in the Senate. This two-part process was made clear in the Clinton impeachment, in which the House ‘impeached’ him but the Senate failed to convict.

    izzy99 wrote: “I do not know about impeachment; who replaces Cheney if it could be accomplished anytime soon?”

    In a short-term practical sense, you’re right that actually getting a punishment handed down, or even an impeachment vote, is a long shot. In the long term, though, I think it’s important to at least go through the motions and put it on record that bad government behavior is going to result in some sort of response and a rhetorical black eye. If nothing at all is done, it will just encourage the next would-be dictator to go even further down the same horrible governing path.

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