Text of Statement to the PDX City Council July 12, 2006
Requesting Passage of a Resolution/Petition to Impeach Bush and Cheney
by David Ibbotson (Portlander and Korean War veteran)
My name is David Ibbotson. I've joined others collecting signatures on our petition to Congress to begin an impeachment process. We have named George Bush and Richard Cheney.
We've found many voters as its subjects not just willing to sign, but eager to do so.
I want you to join us.
I know you are concerned that the ballooning costs of warfare are not only hurting your efforts to maintain Portland's recovery from its recent economic downturn, they are also diverting citizens' attention from the city's own needs.
I know you are concerned not to overreach. You are wise not to take public stands which divide Portlanders and undermine your ability to serve the city well.
This is not such an issue.
Portlanders do understand that they have an obligation to hold public officials to account, and they know that the Congress has failed them in this respect.
It has not prevented the President from starting a war of aggression, nor from planning and threatening more such wars.
It has not prevented the President from dismissing as "not applicable to me at this time" any laws he chooses to ignore.
It has gone along with the President's tacit drive to encourage illegal and extra-legal arrests, detentions and kidnappings.
It has failed to protect us from the resurgence of torture as public policy.
Why, then, seek Congressional action now, after five plus years of such failings?
This petition is not anti-Republivan, anti-Bush, or anti-American.
It is a wakeup call to all our elected officials in Washington. It says "We want action. Your action, now."
Please join us in our drive to put the adults back in charge.
Send the petition to Congress with this letter.
Thank you for hearing me out.