In a recent interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a disheartening, point-blank statement to the effect that the impeachment of George W. Bush is "a waste of time." and is "off the table." She then said of the Republican Party that "making them lame ducks is good enough for me." Also jumping on the Pelosi bandwagon is Congressman John Conyers, who mysteriously deleted from his website the very long report called "The Constitution in Crisis" describing grounds for the impeachment of the President. Sad to say, it appears that the majority of Democrats will do a similar 180-degree flip-flop and proceed with the "business as usual" policies in Washington, D.C.
Fortunately, there is an alternative for We the People in the form of a little known clause found within what is called Jefferson's Manual.
Impeach For Peace, a Minneapolis based organization is making it easier for citizens to take the actions necessary to initiate impeachment proceedings themselves. The following is from the Impeach For Peace website:
Jefferson's Manual is an interpretive guide to parliamentary procedure, and is included (along with the Constitution) in the bound volumes of the Rules of the House of Representatives. It is ratified by each Congress (including the current one), and has been updated continuously through the history of our democracy.
"The section covering impeachment lists the acceptable vehicles for bringing impeachment motions to the floor of the House."
By simply going to their website and downloading the Do-It-Yourself Impeachment PDF file and following the instructions, we can send a clear message to Nancy Pelosi, Conyers and many others that Bush must be removed from office prior to taking any other action to restore democracy in the U.S. If enough of us take action and pressure our elected representatives to proceed with impeachment, the permanent removal of Bush may very well become a reality.
I found the whole DIY Impeachment process quite easy. After printing out the petition and instructions (it is only four pages long) on the PDF file I downloaded, I was able to write my letter to Nancy Pelosi in a matter of minutes, simply by filling in my name, signing and dating it. Once mailed to Pelosi, the petitions will then be submitted for review by the House Judiciary Committee. There are also instructions to send the letter again on Jan. 15, 2007. Surely if enough of us proceed with this, a noticeable impact will indeed be made and the contempt that politicians are showing for U.S. citizens duly checked. For those of us who are time challenged, the cover letter and petition require no notarization whatsoever, although that is an option if you'd like to make it more official looking.
The Impeach for Peace folks also include additional information on how we can spread the word to others primarily through e-mailing links to their site, posting messages on various blogs as well as sending additional copies of the Do-It-Yourself Impeachment Memorial to other members of the House of Representatives. Needless to say, they also provide ample evidence for the crimes that Bush has committed and the justification for impeachment.
Their website also includes the pros and cons of proceeding with impeachment, FAQs and links to other citizen-friendly websites. If exercising our rights in a democratic country such as ours is this easy, perhaps a revolution will ensue and the government by the worst of men now controlling things will be thrown out once and for all.