Gainesville Veterans for PeaceHi Pinks, Happy Labor Day! Labor Creates All Wealth! The email below, forwarded through Gainesville VFP, from Daniel, NationalMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2007View Source
Gainesville Veterans for PeaceHi Pinks,Happy Labor Day! Labor Creates All Wealth!The email below, forwarded through Gainesville VFP, from Daniel, National Veterans for Peace, is succinct, well-written and provides some links for additional information on impeachment at the end. Well worth the readThanks for all you do for peace; thanks for all your hard labor!Your peace pal,JacqueWaldo, FL----------
From: danielifearn >
Date: Sep 2, 2007 10:24 AM
Subject: [vfp-chaptercontact s] What You Need to Know About Impeachment
I've been working on impeachment for the Veterans for Peace for almost
three years now.
Here's what I've learned.
Without Justice there can be no Peace.
Without impeachment there is no justice.
Therefore, we must IMPEACH for PEACE.
Impeachment is not the only way to bring our troops home, but is the surest
The important things to remember about impeachment are:
- It's NOT A CRIMINAL procedure. It's unique, although it's akin to an
- It's NOT PUNITIVE. There is no punishment. The only result that comes of a
impeachment is removal from office.
- There is NO DOUBLE JEOPARDY protections. Congress may impeach as many
times as it
feels necessary, even on the same charge.
- There can be NO PARDON OR COMMUTATION. Conviction is not affected by the
of the President to pardon.
The only reason we have to impeach Bush is because he is a seated president.
while in office, are protected by the Theory of sovereign immunity much as
protected. As soon as an individual no longer holds the office, he is
subject to all the
normal punitive processes: criminal, civil, etc. even for all the acts he
committed or where
committed while in office.
That means Cheney and Gonzales don't have to be impeached. However, the
of the Department of Justice makes impeachment, not criminal proceedings,
Of the various methods of initiating impeachment, THE TRANSMITTAL OF
CHARGES BY A STATE LEGISLATURE IS THE SUREST. Once the legislature passes
charges, they go directly to the floor of the House of Representatives. The
nothing to do with the transmittal and CAN NOT VETO it. Once on the floor of
the charges are treated as Privileged Questions. THE FULL HOUSE MUST DEBATE
VOTE ON THE CHARGES BEFORE ANY OTHER BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED.
Here are the states that have attempted the transmittal of impeachment
has come the closest to success. The measure passed in the Vermont Senate.
Unfortunately, Democrats helped to kill it in the Vermont House. Democrats
did the same
in New Mexico. Democrats have helped defeat this method of initiating
everywhere it has been tried. So work on Republicans because chances are
less good in that quarter.
http://www.impeachb ush.tv/impeach/ states.html
This is a good link for your purposes. I think this group is an excellent
http://www.impeachb ush.tv/impeach/ bystate.html
Getting in touch with and coordinating with the Los Angeles National
would be a good idea.
Here's a list of resolutions and other impeachment actions - also a kit for
http://impeachpac. org/resolutions- list
And, of course, the Impeachment Resource Center.
http://www.afterdow ningstreet. org/resourcecent er
Here are some observations:
- We've been listening to politicians for too long. Citizens should be the
- There are commonalities between Peace & Justice people and Law & Order
start at the Constitution and the oaths of office.
- While all pressure is good pressure. Multitask and do some impeachment
- It's not just generals that prepare for the last war. Do things that work
- People love their Constitution - they don't love Bush.
- Bush is not amenable to our kind of pressure. Your local politicians are.
Give them heck
and let them complain "up the chain of command".
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