Monday, April 16, 2007

Dramatically Changing the Terms of the Battle

Anyone who's been paying attention to what's been going on for the last seven years knows that something's rotten in D.C. Our government has arrogated to itself the right to invade countries that pose no threat to us, to carry out indefinite detentions and abrogate habeas corpus, to torture people, to spy on tens of millions of Americans without warrant, and when caught, brazenly declare that they will continue to do so, to use hundreds of signing statements to negate Congressional intent, to undermine the Freedom of Information Act in order to conceal their deeds, to declare themselves above the law and above scrutiny, to look the other way, strumming a guitar and buying shoes at Ferragamo when Hurricane Katrina threatened and then overran New Orleans, leaving thousands dead or missing, to commit treason by outing an undercover agent whose job it was to keep WMD out of the hands of "rogue states," to deny the dire threat of global warming, to suppress science, and on and on and on and on.

But what is even worse, the "watchdog" media and the "loyal opposition" have allowed Bush and Cheney to get away with it! This must not be allowed to stand. We cannot allow ourselves to go down in history as looking the other way while tyranny, torture and war crimes were being committed in our names and in front of the whole world.

A majority of Americans want impeachment, but this country's political leadership and mass media continue to treat these ideas as lunacy. It is time for THE PEOPLE to act. Beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 28 (A28), we will show on our bodies how we feel.

If even 5% of the 58% who want to see Bush and Cheney gone were to wear impeachment T-shirts, armbands, buttons, stickers, ties, scarves, etc., we would literally be in the millions all over this country - on the beach, in the valley, on the plains, in the mountains, on the farms, in school, at work, in the stores, on the sidewalks, in the parks, on the buses, subways and trains.

And then it wouldn't matter if the mass media covered our demonstration because we would be seen by tens of millions of other people. We would have made history, you would have made history, participants in the largest political demonstration in U.S. history! We can change the whole poisonous political atmosphere in this country, this suffocating, repressive, ugly regime that casts a gigantic shadow over our land.

We can act and create an entirely different future. If you burn with desire for such a world, if you have felt hopeless and frustrated in the face of the maddening, murderous direction things have been going in, now is the time to act, now is the time to step forward and declare that we will not go down their road!

We encourage you to order impeachment shirts now. You can get them from Bush Is Over! and at

In building for these days, get some friends together, or do it yourself, don an impeachment shirt, and take out buttons and shirts and armbands and decals and flyers and boldly go where no rightwingers would dare: onto subways, onto buses, down sidewalks, in parks, at school, anywhere among the people.

Picture what this would look like: a posse of people all wearing black "Bush Is Over" t-shirts sweeping through communities of people and leaving in their wake others enlivened by the possibility of getting rid of these criminals, now sporting armbands and t-shirts and bright orange or peach impeachment decals. If you have someone with a camera come along you can record your actions and then post it on YouTube and popularize what you've done and spread this throughout the country. Create a sensation! Go wild, get creative, get real.

What basis exists for these actions to catch fire and dramatically change the terms of the battle? The Bush/Cheney regime and their enablers and apologists have been doing horrific, despicable things and are like vampires who must carry out their murderous activities in the dark. When the sunlight hits them they instantly burst into flames and ashes.

The U.S. Attorneys' scandal presents us with a sterling example of their vulnerabilities. Congressional Democrats have discovered that, lo and behold, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez lied about his role in the firings. What a shock! And they've been calling for investigations and calling for his resignation. The White House's response? Harriet Miers and Karl Rove (aka Bush's Brain) will only speak about it behind closed doors, not under oath, and without a transcript of the proceedings. What are they afraid of? The answer is obvious. But what's so revealing here is that when the political will is there, and someone presses the White House to reveal what they've been doing, all kinds of lies, scandals, and dirty deeds come spilling out like a tick gushing blood when you press it hard enough.

The reason the Democrats are going after the White House on this one is because they've calculated that there is no downside to pursuing this one, whereas the Democratic Party leadership is too cowed to go after the White House over much more critical and egregious deeds (such as their lies taking us into the war in Iraq, their moves now to attack Iran, their policy and practice of torture, their nullification of habeas corpus and the utter fraudulence of their "war on terror"). But the U.S. Attorneys' scandal shows how much a house of cards this regime is. A strong enough wind comes along, and their whole house will come crashing down.

Where is that political wind going to come from? That's up to us, The PEOPLE. We are that wind. This is a paper mache presidency and it needs to be brought down for the sake of this country and for the sake of this planet.

Help make this happen. The world awaits. The future beckons. Who will answer the call?


Dr Jacques COULARDEAU said...

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Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security Agency may have read this email
without warning, warrant, or notice. They may do this without any judicial or legislative oversight.
You have no recourse nor protection save to call for the impeachment of the current President.

Dear Show It Off,
Should be Show It All,

All my outgoing mails are signed as above. An easy way to let everyone know what we think, and so many do not dare yet to put it on the table.

I will post this here contribution on my own blog:

In my classes at the Sorbonne in Paris I have touched the case with history and philosophy students and they were willing to get more information on this "impeachment campaign", particularly about the grounds for it.

We have to be ready to tie up the hands of these people no matter what and the best way is to launch this campaign to impeach them.

Go on with that good work, folks and friends. The world is watching you. Just watch "The Killing Fields" to know what the cost of American war adventures is to other people. Is Iran going to be a second Cambodia? Or is it going to be Syria? I just wonder if Bush would not consider China if it were slightly smaller.

Have a good day.


Dennis Loo said...

Merci beaucoup, Jacques!

To John of Lebanon: I inadvertently erased your comment suggesting that I add a link to Bush is Over! which I have done. Thanks!

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Dennis Loo said...

I don't want to underestimate what you say about the Bush fanatics, but as you say, Bush and Cheney DID steal the election, both in 2000 and in 2004 and they lost both times in Florida specifically. I started this website a couple of days ago, and the response to it has been extraordinary. I don't know how people are finding out about the site, but they're coming in from all over, so I can tell you that there is a tremendous, untapped well of disgust for the Bush/Cheney regime out there. I suggest that you get some like-minded people together and do stuff as I suggested. You will gather other people to you as you proceed because so very many people want to do something against this ugly, horrid regime. Another tactic would be to start posting stickers out there. You could also take text from this website and put it in flyers. We want, as I say in the right hand column of the website home page, to make the other side feel in their gut that they've got a real fight on their hands and that the terrain is no longer theirs to hog unchallenged. We ARE the REAL majority and we have justice and truth on our side, of which the other side has NONE.

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