Dear Rep. Blumenauer,
I am deeply disappointed by your poor excuses for not performing your duty and impeaching Bush and Cheney for their many heinous crimes.
The decision to impeach or not is not meant to be one of political strategy but of justice. Remember that Nixon was nearing the end of his term when he was about to be impeached, and he resigned rather than be subjected to the process, even though his crimes pale in comparison to Bush and Cheney's.
These men, once found guilty, need not only to be thrown out of office, but to be thrown in jail for the rest of their lives. Can you think of any president or vice president in U.S. history who have committed as many or as severe of crimes as Bush and Cheney? If these do not call for impeachment, then what high crimes and misdemeanors ever will?
You are proving yourself to be far from the noble character and voice of your constituents you represent yourself to be. For shame!
January 17, 2007
Dear XX. Xxxxxxx:
Thank you for contacting me with your deep concerns about this administrations behavior. I have heard from a number of people who are ready for this president to be censured, even impeached. Certainly having endured the travesty of the Republican impeachment of Clinton, I can understand and sympathize with that point of view.
There are few people who worked harder in the 2004 election for George Bush not to be president. I traveled more miles, raised more money, gave more speeches, and did more political organizing than I think anyone else in Oregon. I truly believe the country deserves better than what George Bush is providing, and I am committed to finding a new direction here in Congress.
Our Democratic leaders made clear, as did virtually all our new successful candidates, that we were running to regain control of Congress and change the direction of the country. While we will hold the president, vice president, and their administration accountable, we will not indulge in an impeachment process for an administration on its way out the door. The practical matter is that given the rules of the Senate, there is no way that an impeachment process would lead to the removal of the President or Vice President. Instead, it would create a media circus that would detract from our mission of reversing the policies (both domestic and international) of what the public continues to see as a failing presidency.
While there is a part of me that would love to see this President publicly admonished by the Congress, I feel the American people have done that in terms of their votes in the 2006 elections.
If I were Karl Rove I would like nothing better than an impeachment process that wouldn't go anywhere to distract people from the very real failures of this administration in Iraq, with the economy, with the environment, with the ethics of this administration, and with civil liberties.
Member of Congress