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Illinois General Assembly Gonna bring the Ruckus, Da Mutha Fucking Ruckus!

The Illinois General Assembly is about to rock the nation. Members of state legislatures are normally not considered as having the ability to decide issues with a massive impact to the nation as a whole. Representative Karen A. Yarbrough of Illinois' 7th District is about to shatter that perception forever. Representative Yarbrough stumbled on a little known and never utlitized rule of the US House of Representatives, Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature. From there, Illinois House Joint Resolution 125 (hereafter to be referred to as HJR0125) was born.

Detailing five specific charges against President Bush including one that is specified to be a felony, the complete text of HJR0125 is copied below at the end of this article. One of the interesting points is that one of the items, the one specified as a felony, that the NSA was directed by the President to spy on American citizens without warrant, is not in dispute. That fact should prove an interesting dilemma for a Republican controlled US House that clearly is not only loathe to initiate impeachment proceedings, but does not even want to thoroughly investigate any of the five items brought up by the Illinois Assembly as high crimes and/or misdemeanors. Should HJR0125 be passed by the Illinois General Assembly, the US House will be forced by House Rules to take up the issue of impeachment as a privileged bill, meaning it will take precedence over other House business.


At 6:33 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

Jeez. Remind me again how that whole Monica-gate thing helped the Republicans?

If you want to help your cause, you should be against the moonbats in your party.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger oded said...

1. What party is that?

2. I think there is a big diffrence between getting your presidential wang blown and, WHEREAS, President Bush has publicly admitted to ordering
the National Security Agency to violate provisions of the 1978
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a felony, specifically
authorizing the Agency to spy on American citizens without
warrant; and

WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that President Bush authorized
violation of the Torture Convention of the Geneva Conventions,
a treaty regarded a supreme law by the United States
Constitution; and

WHEREAS, The Bush Administration has held American
citizens and citizens of other nations as prisoners of war
without charge or trial; and

WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that the Bush Administration
has manipulated intelligence for the purpose of initiating a
war against the sovereign nation of Iraq, resulting in the
deaths of large numbers of Iraqi civilians and causing the
United States to incur loss of life, diminished security and
billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses; and

WHEREAS, The Bush Administration leaked classified
national secrets to further a political agenda, exposing an
unknown number of covert U. S. intelligence agents to potential
harm and retribution while simultaneously refusing to
investigate the matter.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

From the New York Times:

Neil Young insists the album is nonpartisan.

"If you impeach Bush, you're doing a huge favor for the Republicans," he argued, speaking by telephone from California. "They can run again with some pride."


(Mr. Young agrees with the Illinois General Assembly that the President's admitted use of ilegal wiretaps are cause for impeachment. His album ends with a 100 person choir singing America The Beatiful.)

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

The democrats. Or should I regard your line-for-line match of talking points and vote for kerry a sign that you don't favor the democrats over the republicans?

I'm sorry if I'm calling you a democrat. More that I think it is accurate that you're for the democrats when choosing between the two parties in power.

My point isn't really about whether the president should be impeached. I don't think we can have a serious discussion about that.

My point is that this isn't going to work, and will only make the democrats look that much more out of touch with reality/americans.

In my desire to have two or more choices, this is bad.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Ivan engages in namecalling.

Ivan wants the opposition to Bush to be divided so the Bush administration can continue to consolidate power in the presidency and enrich themselves in the process.

Ivan doesn't get anything out of it, but he's allowing himself to be manipulated by fear.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger oded said...

word! For me this fight isn't about politics. This is a principled fight by the American citizenry against an administration that is trying to erode some of the more noble ideas this country was founded on. To let this opportunity pass because our government needs more time to do something more worthwhile betrays an optimism that I cant understand.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I think it plain to say that I don't think Bush has committed an impeachable offense.

That's why I avoided the entire debate, in hopes to spend my time better elsewhere.

Talking about the politics of the situation is different.

And Carl, I'm not trying to split the democrats. It's plain as day that they are already split. The vitriol at DailyKos and MoveOn just doesn't match what most main stream democrats think. The leadership tries to pander to the passionate and extreme wings, while not trying to be associated with some of the more ridiculous claims ( e.g. rapid anti-zionism ).

Feel free to say that the last presidential election was lost because bible-thumping inbreds control the country. A fine strategy to win their votes...


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