Newspaper logo  
 
 
Local News & Opinion

Ref. : Civic Events

Ref. : Arts & Education Events

Ref. : Public Service Notices

Travel
Books, Films, Arts & Education
Letters
Open Letters:

Ref. : Letters to the editor

Health Care & Environment

05.29 How fossil fuel burning nearly wiped out life on Earth – 250m years ago

05.28 ExxonMobil CEO mocks renewable energy in shareholder speech

05.28 Congressional Republicans are outraged that the EPA wants to protect our drinking water

05.28 Fossil industry faces a perfect political and technological storm [graphs]

05.27 Desalination: the quest to quench the world's thirst for water

05.27 Memo to Jeb Bush: denying human-caused global warming is ignorant

05.27 Growth at all costs: climate change, fossil fuel subsidies and the Treasury

05.27 Peru planning to dam Amazon’s main source and displace 1000s

05.26 Suicide By Pesticide

05.26 ‘Climate Change Deniers Are Like Alcoholics’ | Ed Begley, Jr. [9:50 video]

05.26 Companies aren't doing enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, new report finds

05.26 Dow Chemical aims to 'redefine the role of business in society'

News Media

05.29 Bill Moyers: The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy

05.26 Glenn Greenwald, I’m sorry: Why I changed my mind on Edward Snowden

Daily FAIR Blog
The Daily Howler

US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'

05.29 The GOP and ALEC’s War on Cities

05.28 Polluted Political Games

05.28 Fox News Eats Its Own

05.28 Mapping the Density of Baltimore's Vacant-Housing Crisis

05.28 Why the GOP primary debates will be an absolute disaster (again)

05.28 20 Common Sense Goals From Bernie Sanders to Reverse Inequality, Expand Safety Nets and Stop America's Plutocrats

05.28 What Incarceration Costs Cities

05.28 Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State

Justice Matters

05.26 The Fraud of War

High Crimes?

05.29 Asian refugee crisis: trafficked migrants held off Thailand in vast 'camp boats'

05.28 Malaysian police arrest own officers over involvement in migrant death camps

Economics, Crony Capitalism

05.29 Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement – It Isn’t.

05.28 How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights

05.28 Fossil industry faces a perfect political and technological storm

05.26 Robert Reich: Corporate Collusion Is Rampant and We All Pay the Steep Price

International

05.27 Steve Wozniak: Edward Snowden is 'a hero to me'

05.26 In Paris, Plans for a Seine Reinvention

05.26 Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: 'The State Is Scared'

05.26 Refugee Abuse: Torture Scandal Rocks German Police

05.26 Cyber-Attack Warning: Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane?

05.26 They’re all still lying about Iraq: The real story about the biggest blunder in American history — and the right wing’s obsessive need to cover it up

We are a non-profit Internet-only newspaper publication founded in 1973. Your donation is essential to our survival.

You can also mail a check to:
Baltimore News Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 42581
Baltimore, MD 21284-2581
Google
This site Web
  Power of the People Moves Corporate Media to Do the Right Thing
Newspaper logo

IMPEACHMENT?

Power of the People Moves Corporate Media to Do the Right Thing

by Dave Lindorff

Wexler (D-FL) said that he thought Democratic leaders in Congress, who have been aggressively blocking efforts to begin impeachment hearings, are risking alienating progressive voters next November by failing to act on impeachment.
Fri, 12/21/2007 - 03:20—A massive outpouring of angry mail and phone calls to the nation's leading newspapers led to editors calling Congress members Robert Wexler (D-FL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), after having turned down an op-ed by the three calling for immediate hearings on the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

At least one of those papers, the Miami Herald, which is in Rep. Wexler's congressional district, reversed itself and decided to run an edited version of the editorial it had rejected only days earlier.

Wexler, speaking on Florida Progressive Radio Thursday night, said it was clearly grassroots pressure and reporting on the Internet (inclulding by this site!) that forced editors at the Miami Herald to change their position on the editorial. (To hear Wexler's interview, go to: Wexler on FPR)

He is calling on Americans who want to see Congress begin impeachment hearings to put even more pressure on Congress to also change its position.

"I think it's obvious that Congress is way behind the people on this," he said, "and it's quite obvious that in this case the people have gotten it right."

Wexler said, "If the people in Congress could come up with reasons why the abuses of this administratiion are not serious to impeach, then I'd say Congress should not listen to the grassroots, but I don't think anyone in Congress could say that with a straight face. In fact, it's the opposite. They're saying, `Even though this administration has committed these crimes against the constitution, we can't do anything about it.'"

Wexler said that he thought Democratic leaders in Congress, who have been aggressively blocking any effort to begin impeachment hearings, even to the point of pressuring state and local party activists into not passing impeachment resolutions, are risking alienating progressive voters--both Democrats and independents--next November by failing to act on impeachment.

"If Congress were really popular, with say 58 percent favorable ratings, then maybe they could do that," he says, "but the fact is that this Congress is very, very unpopular."

Wexler urged activists in favor of impeachment to put increasing pressure on their own congressional representatives, on their local news outlets, and on other members of the Judiciary Committee to support hearings on Cheney's impeachable actions, and vowed to bring a petition he has set up on line, which has garnered over 120,000 signatures in less than a week's time, to show every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "I will be asking every Democrat on that committee to support immediate hearings," said the six-term Congressman.

Wexler praised his colleague, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, for pressing forward with the impeachment issue, and for submitting a bill (H Res 799) for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney.

In another example of the effect of people power is that Rep. Anthony Wiener (D-NY), yet another member of the House Judiciary Committee, has signed onto Wexler's call for immediate hearings. Of the four, only Baldwin is a co-signer of Kucinich's impeachment bill. Since she is one of six members of the Judiciary Committee who are co-signers, that makes a total of nine Judiciary Committee members now who are in favor of Cheney impeachment hearings. That leaves 13 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including Chairman John Conyers, who have not expressed any support. But of those 13, five--Conyers and Reps. Brad Sherman, Mel Watt, Bobby Scott, and Artur Davis, voted against a Democratic leadership move to table (and thus kill) Kucinich's bill last Nov. 7, thus suggesting that they are in favor of hearings on the measure. If those five sign on to Wexler's call, that would mean a clear majority--13-8--of Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in favor of hearings on Cheney's impeachment.

In another development, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) added her name to the Kucinich Cheney impeachment bill, bringing the total number of co-sponsors, plus Kucinich himself, to 25--the number who initially signed on to impeachment hearings on Richard Nixon in 1974.

Things are definitely moving in the right direction. The bankrupt and cynical effort by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Party leaders to snuff out the impeachment demands of a majority of Americans and of the vast majority of Democrats is crumbling. If you haven't signed onto Wexler's petition, to to www.wexlerwantshearings.com and help build the momentum.


Lindorff speakingAbout the author: Philadelphia journalist Dave Lindorff is a 34-year veteran, an award-winning journalist, a former New York Times contributor, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a two-time Journalism Fulbright Scholar, and the co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of a well-regarded book on impeachment, The Case for Impeachment. His work is available at www.thiscantbehappening.net.


Copyright © 2007 The Baltimore Chronicle. All rights reserved.

Republication or redistribution of Baltimore Chronicle content is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.

This story was published on December 21, 2007.
 


Public Service Ads: