What do We the People do now?
Once again, We the People have been stabbed in the back by the Democrats in Congress, the people we elected to get us out of Iraq, stop the erosion of our civil liberties, get rid of Bush and Cheney, or at least, limit their power. Instead, as they walked away from their job for a month's vacation, the traitorous Representatives legitimized Bush's warrantless wiretapping.
It's been very discouraging for the anti-Bush movement. Congress is our only legitimate, peaceful channel for redress of grievances against the Executive Branch. The majority of its members are in collusion with the Bush dictatorship, giving him all the power and money he wants.
What do We the People do now?
Here are some suggestions:
Illegitimum non carborundum- Don't let the bastards grind you down. This last betrayal by Congress was calculated to demoralize us and take away our hope. It was probably orchestrated by Karl Rove-- psyops in operation. Don't let it get to you.
Face reality. Congress has caved, whether from collusion, coercion or both. We have been set up for fascism- all the laws, means, facilities are now in place. The chances of an election in 2008 are increasingly remote.
Don’t ever forget that We the People are sovereign under the US Constitution. The legitimate authority and power rest with us. We delegate authority to our elected Representatives in Congress, who have to answer to us at the polls every two years. The officials in the Executive branch are public servants, who are there to carry out the laws passed by Congress on behalf of We the People. If Congress won’t represent us, and lets the Executive branch control them, We the People STILL have ultimate authority, power, and responsibility.
Take responsibility as the citizen of a democratic republic. Be alarmed at Bush and Cheney’s usurpation of power, and raise the alarm, everywhere you go, while we still can. We are not yet officially a dictatorship. We still are keeping them at bay. We are still living under the US Constitution. We the People are still legally sovereign, but we are on the verge of losing our country, and perhaps our planet.
Realize that it's up to us. Resistance by We the People is the only thing that can save us. The peaceful, legal way to express that resistance is via impeachment. Going to the streets will only justify repression, and we’re not organized enough for strikes and boycotts. The impeachment movement is viable, and gathering momentum.
Go into crisis mode. I know people who have stopped working and put all their time and lots of their money into impeachment. It’s time to set priorities.
Keep your eye on the ball. Don’t be distracted by the hoopla around the presidential candidates. Don’t be distracted by weird weather or sudden financial straits, or health problems. We’re in a crisis that will determine the future, for better or worse. It’s been building for a long time, and it’s coming to a head. Impeachment is the magic bullet that can kill the monster. Nothing else will do it.
Work for impeachment without fear. The recent dictums of the dictator about seizing property may be applied to the protestors against the war in Iraq, but there’s no way Bush can outlaw working for his and Cheney’s impeachment under the US Constitution. And the only way out of Iraq is through impeachment.
Don’t lose hope. A majority of Congress would vote to impeach Bush and Cheney if these measures were put "on the table" by Pelosi and Conyers. The steady increase in cosponsors of the bills to impeach Cheney and Gonzales, a combined total now of 45, shows that impeachment is becoming more appetizing.
Keep up the pressure on your Representative. Meet with him/her during the August recess. Some of our Impeach Bush-Cheney group met with Rep. Barbara Lee last Monday. She’s one of the "good guys", was an early signer of H Res 333 to impeach Cheney, and says she thinks about impeachment all the time. We pointed out that she won’t endorse our group or come to our events, she doesn’t mention impeachment on her website or in press conferences. We pushed her to be more vocal.
Threaten your Representative's job. If your Congressperson won’t cosign H Res 333, find a good candidate to run against him/her in the primary or the general election next year. When Cindy Sheehan asked John Conyers, Chair of Judiciary, how to get Congress to impeach, he told her to threaten their jobs. She decided to challenge Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s seat in San Francisco. I’m challenging Mike Thompson in CA District 1. We should do this all across the country- make them sweat if they won’t endorse impeachment.
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