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 Post subject: We the People are Setting the Table Now By Cindy Sheehan
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Open Letter to Reps Pelosi and Conyers

We the People are Setting the Table Now
By Cindy Sheehan

Dear Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Conyers,

I am writing this open letter to you both on the day after Veteran's Day. A day that has so much more meaning to me since my son Casey was KIA in Iraq for absolutely no reason but to line the pockets of the war machine. I cried in front of his symbolic tombstone at Arlington Northeast in Philadelphia and I dreamed of him before I awakened. Casey's "tombstone" was planted in the ground directly across from Liberty Hall which was the birth place of our Republic. How tragic it was to see 2842 tombstones of our brave young people who have been killed by people who are trampling all over our Constitution and making a mockery out of the separations of power and the original intent of that document. 2842 citizens who were willing to volunteer for service and were killed by people who lied to the world to send them to invade and occupy a country in a war of aggression that has killed almost a million Iraqi citizens. How tragic it is that you both, our newly elected Democratic leadership are already talking about abrogating their Constitutional responsibilities, again.

We the people are shocked that you two are already stridently saying over and over again that impeachment is "off the table." Since the historic Nov. 7th elections, I have talked to a boat-load of Americans who want impeachment on the table. We activists worked hard to make these elections about national issues, like the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq, and the culture of corruption that, especially you, Ms. Pelosi have been railing against for months now. And you, Mr. Conyers, have already written a brilliant and detailed indictment of BushCo. We the people are definitely puzzled by your rhetoric.

We the people put the Democrats back into power because we want to see a change in this country and a rejection of politics as usual. We want politics as unusual. We want to see the issue of impeachment and a speedy and safe withdrawal of our troops from Iraq de-politicized and brought into the realm of "right and wrong" where these issues belong, not "right and left."

We the people are here to tell you that we are the ones that are going to be setting the table, now. For too many years, we have allowed you people, who are just like us and elected by us and from us, to tell us what the agenda will be. Like I told George in a recent letter to him (no response yet, hmm), a sleeping giant has been awakened in this country and we are not falling asleep again just because the Democrats, only with grassroots involvement and commitment, are back in power in Congress.

It turns our stomachs when you talk about "working" with the Republicans. First of all, these people have allowed BushCo free rein in committing their high crimes and misdemeanors and crimes against humanity. Why would you want to work with murderers, liars, and crooks? When one works with criminals, one becomes complicit and culpable for those crimes. We elected you all to be different, not more of the same.

Secondly, and more importantly, BushCo have openly committed egregious crimes which they have all admitted to. The question really isn't: should they be impeached, but why haven't they been impeached, removed from office and criminally charged and tried for these crimes, yet? I believe that when Congressional Representatives and Senators are sworn into office they take an oath to protect the constitution, not to protect, aid, and abet criminals. The investigation and eventual rubber stamp to begin impeachment proceedings against Nixon was a bi-partisan effort and Nixon wasn't even investigated for the level of crimes that BushCo should be investigated for.

We realize that you have a tremendous and daunting task before you both. We know for six years that your governmental body has been busy giving its power away to a maniac who has abused and misused that power so incompetently and tragically. However, to say that impeachment can't be one of the issues that Congress begins immediate work on is not giving you all enough credit. We know that you can do it! We have confidence in your abilities. Impeachment has been done before in our country and it has never before been so urgent.

How many times has George said that the troops aren't coming home while he is president? How many times has BushCo lied to us and admitted those lies? Or been caught in those lies? How many people have they killed for greed of money and power and how many lives have been destroyed by them? How many laws have BushCo broken and admitted to breaking? How many people have they physically and mentally wounded by torture and by sending our brave young people wrongly to Iraq and not supporting them when they get there? How much longer will you allow them to violate and desecrate everything that we hold dear as Americans and human beings?

We the people demand that you do your duties as officers and protectors of our Constitution and we demand that you do your duties as members of humanity to call a halt to the crimes against humanity of the Bush regime.

When the 110th Congress is seated on January 3rd, we the people, who also have a duty to our Constitution (We the People is the first line) and a duty to humanity will be walking the halls of your offices to tell you what our agenda is and what we want on the table.

I admire and respect both of you and I know you will do the right thing, but you better heed the will of we the people, or we will find other people who will. I hope you do believe that we want you to represent us and not the special interests of the war machine.

We the people are serious about true change this time and we are willing to walk, work, sit, stand, write, travel, sweat, freeze, be arrested, and scream for these changes.

Impeachment and removal from office are not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but we are neither of those things. We are all brave and (p)(m)atriotic Americans who realize that healing of the political divide that has characterized the Bush regime will only begin when our young people and the people of Iraq see justice for all of the death and misery that they have afflicted humanity with. Our children who have been sent to early graves or have to live the rest of their lives with PTSD or missing limbs, and the people of Iraq (not to mention the victims of Katrina) are crying out for this justice. Justice is meted out everyday in our world and if BushCo are not brought to justice then justice loses its meaning and effectiveness.

Do it for Casey, do it for his buddies, do it for the people of Iraq, do it for the people who were devastated by Katrina, do it to bring legitimacy back to Congress and our Constitution, do it to raise our reputation in the international community, do it just because it is the right thing to do.

See you on January 3rd.

Peace soon,
Cindy Sheehan
Activists can contact the potential Madam Speaker at:
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and the potential Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee, Hon. John Conyers, or your personal Congressional Representative at:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Cindy Sheehan is Mother of Casey Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04 by George's war of terror.
Co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace.
Founder of Camp Casey Peace Institute
Author of Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism
and Jail Bird for Peace.

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Cindy is right. The more I listen to these newly-elected Democrats, the more I wonder just how much they're going to actually represent We the People. I think impeachment should most definitely be 'on the table.' NOTHING should be taken off the table, as Bush has always been so fond of saying.

Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, and all of the other criminals that make up this administration have not been unaware that impeachment and more could be coming down the pipe if something so far-fetched as their losing power ever did occur. They've tried to protect themselves by embedding certain languages into unconstitutional laws that will disallow their prosecution for war crimes in the US. This speaks loudly to me that they know they've done terrible wrongs and that they intend to continue to do them. They've gauged in which direction the political winds are now blowing and they're scrambling to once again protect their ugly old asses via appeasement and a show of eating humble pie. Well, Bush and Rove don't like to eat humble pie nor do they like to eat crow.

If impeachment is on the table, no matter how far hidden it may be under all of the layers of other issues the new Congress will be dealing with, just knowing it's lurking there, eventually to be uncovered and to be considered by this new Congress, will put Bush on a short leash. If it's not there, he'll continue to thumb his nose at the Democrats and trample on the Constitution while serving pasta to Nancy Pelosi. He will continue to do as he pleases, and to suffer no consequences. That's not what the American people want. They voted against corruption more than they voted against the Iraq war. Those that won this election, particularly those like Conyers who were the loudest in condemning the Bushies, must not be allowed to forget what is expected of them. That's to represent We the People, and to stop the Culture of Corruption.

I did not vote for people like Heath Shuler for them to go up to DC and carry on business as usual. I expect to see some action against the crimes of the Bush administration and impeachment consideration should be one of them.

Catherine

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i have mixed feelings about persuing an impeachment of bush. as much as i'd like to see him removed from office, i have to look at the bigger picture as well, and i'm sure democrats are too. i'd rather see them focus on ending the war ASAP and correcting many bills and laws enacted during the nazi's regime. i'd rather see them focus on issues that concern our constitution such as spying on american citizens, patriot act, etc etc.

if democrats want to continue to enjoy governing america, they need to correct many things to appease all americans, not just cindy sheehan. she should not have mistaken conyers basement impeachment hearings with the whole democratic party. she disappointed herself by doing so.

if cindy really wants something done against bush, she should continure her anti-war efforts because iraq was supposed to be bush's legacy and if iraq becomes a total failure before bush leaves office, history will forever record bush as being a failure.

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It is people like Cindy Sheehan who are saying the right things.

These newly elected Democrats have a responsibilty to represent the people who put them there and to execute their will. And, that will is fixing the things that this Bush regime have done.

If these Democrats do not take the initiative and talk about the things that concern people,and we all know what they are, then I think the nation is in big touble.

What I am saying is, if the Republicans can lose an election, and not even utilize the tool of the Diebold machine ( maybe they figured it would be too risky at this time ) and continue to pursue their policies without crticism or much needed change from the Democrats then there is a real serious problem in the country.

It just might be totally corrupt.

And a totally corrupt nation that the people cannot change is not a good thing.

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I agree that the Iraq War should be foremost simply because effective intercession is an urgent need. But, as I stated in my response to the editorial:

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They voted against corruption more than they voted against the Iraq war. Those that won this election, particularly those like Conyers who were the loudest in condemning the Bushies, must not be allowed to forget what is expected of them. That's to represent We the People, and to stop the Culture of Corruption.


Invading Iraq is one of the first things Bush did that was totally wrong and illegal. Granted, the Congress authorized him to do it, and that may be one reason there doesn't seem to be much talk meshing the war with impeachment. However, there should be mountains of evidence that the Bush administration is responsible for mountains of corruption taking place in Iraq as a direct result of the invasion and occupation. Cheney is at the root of a lot of that, so if he gets caught in the Congressional investigative net, it would be a great day for America.

TAKE YOU PICK, MR. WAXMAN, OF WRONGDOING WITHIN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

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I agree taht both Bush and Cheney should be on the line for impeachment, but I just don't see it happening. Could this, perhaps, come from my hopes being stomped all over for the last six years, or just because I'm thinking realistically?
I would hope that Bush would go down in history as the corrupt, greedy man that he is, that the people eventually overthrew and impeached for his horrible and inexcusable actions, despite his dictatorship. ...But is that really going to happen? :?

I do have hopes for this, but I think I should focus my hopes and expectations, on policies, like mga mentioned, that need to be changed...and immediately.

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I certainly realize that there are things that need to be fixed. Something I think we may be losing sight of is the fact that the Iraq war is only a symptom of the problem. Whilst Bush and cronies stay in power, we will continuously be put into situations (such as Iraq) that are bad for our country. Allowing Bush to remain unpunished for the crimes he has committed doesn't seem like an option to me. It seems akin to suggesting that cleaning a crime scene stops the criminal from acting again.


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recent events have been the decline of bush. the elections were a disaster for him, and for carl rove, who was so cock-sure that they would remain in control, he was stunned by the results.

adding to that, now daddy has to come and bail his ass out of trouble because iraq is killing america.

bush sr. is aware of that, and the country is aware of that, only bush lives in another world.

it's gotta be embarrassing for the president of the US to have his daddy come andd fix the mess he created, and, it has to be more embarrassing to those who support bush. bush has to be the laughing stock of not only everyone in politics, but to all the other world leaders.

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