“Why aren’t we talking seriously about how overextended and arguably counterproductive is our global military presence?” The question is asked by Jonathan Weiler in his excellent article “Crank up the war machine…the US can always find money to fight.” (Indy 3.23). Quaker House brought exactly this question to Guilford College in January on the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s farewell speech and dire warning about the rise of the Military-Industrial Complex. The 3-day conference explored a variety of issues we face in a nation dominated by militarism with a duopoly of Republicans and Democrats competing to run the war machine. See www.mic-at-50.net.
The January conference was co-sponsored by NC Peace Action and the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace (NC Triangle). The Charlottesville, VA Center for Peace and Justice is planning a similar weekend conference this September. Join us as we undertake “[t]he hard work of re-examining our global empire.”
John Heuer, chair
NC Peace Action
Chapel Hill, NC
Once again, Hal Crowther has re-nailed the lid on the Republican coffin. Problem is, the monster keeps breaking out again. But in fairness to the NC Republican Congressional delegation, last weeks vote on criminal contempt charges against Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolten reveal a major break with the Bush/Cheney regime. 3rd District Republican Rep. Walter Jones joined all seven NC Democrats in voting for the contempt charges. Only 5th District Republican Virginia Foxx held rank with Bush and Cheney. The four other NC Republicans did not vote.
The result: by an 8-1 margin, NC Congress members voted to hold Bolten and Miers in contempt for refusing to respond to Congressional subpoenas for their testimony about firings of US attorneys. This 8-1 vote illustrates one of the misconceptions about an eventual Senate trial for articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney and President Bush.
Critics of the impeachment movement argue the hopelessness of getting 17 Republican senators voting to convict. But the Constitution does not require 67 senators voting for conviction. What the Constitution requires for conviction is 2/3 of senators present and voting.
In the current (1/13) Indy, Rebecca Cerese responded to criticism that the recent debate On the Question of Impeachment held at the Carrboro Century Center on 1/15 featured no loyalist ready to defend Bush and Cheney against charges of high crimes and misdemeanors (Backtalk: Defending recent impeachment debate) My response to the criticism was to invite former presidents of the Fearrington Republican Club and West Triangle Republican Club to defend the administration. Neither one was willing to defend the administration in public.
I get the feeling that many Republicans may be rediscovering their consciences, or at least recognizing that the citizens are beginning to wise up. We can hope that such Republican conversions will inspire Democrats to up their calcium supplements. But they need our encouragement. Call Rep. David Price at (202) 225-1784; Rep. Brad Miller (292) 225-3032; and Rep. Bob Etheridge (202) 225-4531. Thank them for their votes to hold administration officials in contempt for refusing Congressional subpoenas for their testimony. Remind them that the administration of Bush and Cheney is the reason why our Constitution provides for their impeachment.
Coalition for the Constitution
bears4me is justifiably proud of her daughters service. Her family deserves our support. The Walter Reed Hospital scandal is but the most recent revelation of our governments indifference to our military personnel and their families. As a young Iraq vet told us at the NYC Impeachment Summit on 2/17, Bush and Cheney have declared that the war will not end on their watch, so we must end their watch.
Lets impeach Cheney in May, Bush in June, celebrate a real Independence Day holiday on the 4th of July and bring all our troops home for Christmas.
Thanks to John Hammond for his extraordinary investigative efforts over several months.
My own story includes superlative care during a 2 week hospital stay in 2001, followed by ruthless collections actions. I received a collection agency notice of prosecution for a $175 bill if not challenged within a 30 day period. I challenged because the notice did not specify what the bill was for. I telephoned the collection agency and was referred to the hospital, whose representative referred me back to the agency. No one could tell me why I was being billed months after settling with the State health plan and my out of pocket costs.
The next thing I knew my NC income tax refund was garnished, effectively destroying my credit. As a single father of 2 college age children, I was counting on securing a home equity line of credit to help with their college costs. Instead, I find myself on the edge of bankruptcy.
There needs to be a class action law suit brought by all the victims of these predatory collections.
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