By Jackson Thoreau
The petition I started a few days ago to oust Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay - probably the most fascist member of Congress who is a major force behind the recent move to redistrict Texas eight years early to grab more Republican seats in Congress - is up to 208 signatures. Thanks to all who signed it and passed it on - please continue doing so if you can.
To sign the petition to remove DeLay from office, go to http://www.petitiononline.com/tdl0000/petition.html. You do NOT have to be a Texas resident to sign that one - I plan to deliver copies of the signatures to DeLay myself, as well as to key media members and political activists in his district who can start the process of removing DeLay more directly.
I've communicated with people in the district who are happy about this petition and are trying to fund a well-known Democrat against DeLay in 2004. Probably any move to impeach him would take longer than a year, but I still think we need to start that process, if just to keep the issue in the public's eye.
And if California Republicans can blame Democratic Gov. Gray Davis for all of that state's problems and try to recall him, Texans can turn the tables and blame Republican Gov. and Bush Ass-Kisser Rick Perry for the state's $10 billion budget shortfall, wasting millions on special sessions for partisan political purposes and other problems. While the Texas Constitution doesn't allow for recall of a governor, that hasn't stopped some Texans from launching a petition drive to remove Perry from office.
The petition against Perry is up to 432 signatures - it was 277 before I started sending out email about it last Friday. Even if the fascists in Texas won't allow us to recall the governor, the petition will give some indication of people's disapproval of Perry. It's still important.
To sign the petition to oust Perry, go to http://www.e-thepeople.org/petition/7225/view. It would help if you are a Texas resident to sign it, but if not, perhaps you know a Texan to whom you can email the petition.
The Texas Democratic Party has also organized a petition to stop the redistricting of Congressional seats eight years too early. It's at http://www.savetexasreps.com/petition.php.
I also heard from someone in Florida who is starting a recall petition against Gov. Jeb Bush and perhaps some Republican Congress members there - Katherine Harris, I hope. We need more people to start recall petitions against Republican governors and other officials.
For a story I wrote on these petition drives, click on:
Jackson Thoreau is an American writer and co-author of We Will Not Get Over It: Restoring a Legitimate White House.
The updated, 120,000-word electronic book can be downloaded on his Internet site at link to www.geocities.com.