Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Impeachment: Saint Paul, Minnesota, towns in Vermont deal with grassroots resolutions

Saint Paul DFLers submitted resolutions for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney in at least two wards, the resolutions will go on to be discussed and voted on at the Saint Paul City DFL convention on Saturday, June 9, 2007 so there is time to strategize and lobby delegates to the Ward Conventions on behalf of support of this measure, and to develop resolve to elect delegates to the City Convention from the Wards who will support this measure. Visible signs for impeachment in the City of Saint Paul for impeachment will obviously help... and people who have held signs on freeway overpasses, etc. have helped get these resolutions considered. Whoever you are, good job. It has got people talking!

In order to get the attention of the Minnesota State legislature, it will take actions by a few more cities, calls to State Legislators by prominent citizens in support of drafting the impeachment Joint Resolution, and lots and lots of letters and e-mails and phone calls from their constituents. Both incumbents from both parties should be targetted, equally.

Last night also saw much better organized and impactful efforts by citizens in Vermont - where resolutions supporting impeachment efforts in their State Legislature passed in at least 35 towns.

An excerpt from The Nation:

When Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, a Republican with reasonably close ties to President Bush, asked if there was any additional business to be considered at the town meeting he was running in Middlebury, Ellen McKay popped up and proposed the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The governor was not amused. As moderator of the annual meeting, he tried to suggest that the proposal to impeach -- along with another proposal to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq -- could not be voted on.

But McKay, a program coordinator at Middlebury College, pressed her case. And it soon became evident that the crowd at the annual meeting shared her desire to hold the president to account.

So Douglas backed down.

"It became clear that no one was going home until they had the chance to discuss the resolutions and vote on them," explained David Rosenberg, a political science professor at Middlebury College. "And being a good politician, he allowed the vote to happen."

By an overwhelming voice vote, Middlebury called for impeachment.

[read more: John Nichols, The Nation]

What happened in getting the Saint Paul resolutions submitted was ad hoc, with no organizational sponsors and only a day or two of thinking, communicating and last minute distribution of the resolution in at least two forms, but an organized effort will be needed to get a resolution through, and to get the big ball rolling in Minnesota, as it is in at least four other states.

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