I live in the hottest battleground for the Pennsylvania primary-- suburban Philly's Bucks County. The candidates are visiting our county, THE county that could decide the state's primary, every week.
Last week, I attended an Obama rally and today, I'll be attending a Hillary rally.
At the Obama rally, a Hillary operative re-raised the Wright-Farrakan connection, in an effort to keep the issue alive and embarrass Obama. This kind of attack gave me an idea.
We need to start peppering Obama and Clinton with questions on impeachment and the reasons for impeachment. Here's what I plan to ask today:
Recent Polls show that about 65-70% of registered democratic voters support impeachment of Dick Cheney. (Look around and speak to the audience.) How about all of Democrats here do tonight? Do you believe Cheney and Bush have violated laws? I'll be amazed if there isn't a big rousing agreement. Then go back to the candidate; Do YOU believe Bush and cheney have broken laws?-- US, constitutional, the Geneva convention, basic human laws-- by allowing and encouraging torture, by violating the laws through the use of signing statements, by unauthorized spying on Americans? And do you believe that those crimes warrant prosecution or impeachment hearings.. And remember, hearings are the only way to force the people to speak who Bush has used executive privilege to protect. I ask you this because Bill Clinton/your husband failed to prosecute George Bush for crimes he appeared to be involved in. And that failure, which would have tainted his son, enabled our current war criminal to run for office. I want to be assured that you will instruct the attorney General you appoint to open hearings and investigate ALL the abuses of power and politicizations of the justice department and other agencies. Will you do the job? Will you set the investigations in motion, or cover them up by saying you want to heal the country and move on-- which, in the minds of a big majority of democratic voters, would represent a failure by you to protect the constitution and stand up for the law, for democracy?
That's long and I don't think it's a good idea to read it. I may bring a note card that reads:
-poll 65-70% dems support impeachment
-Crowd;Cheney, Bush broken laws?
Cheney/guilty torture, signing statement spying> Impeachment/prosecution
hearings= beating exec privilege
Appoint AG vs cover up
Will you say you want to heal and move on?
= failure to protect constitution democracy, law.
Now, if you can get to one of these events, I encourage you to ask the same or similar questions. Go with a group and have all the people in the group spread out through the crowd and all raise your hands when it's time to ask questions. Bring video cameras so you can make sure you record it.
Obama wasn't my first choice and I'm not sure where he stands on some of the issues.
I want to see the end to corporate personhood. We can ask about that too.
You could ask a question like this:
Currently, because of a twisting of the 14th amendment, corporations have the right to be treated like a person-- the idea of legal corporate personhood. They end up claiming privacy rights that even humans don't have, or can't afford to defend. They use this right as a way to influence the vote, which in the past, corporations were not allowed to do. This is a bad situation. Corporations are too wealthy, immortal and immoral. Would you support laws that would take away corporate rights to personhood?
I am furious with Paulson's plan to give the Federal Reserve-- a private, non-government organization-- more power and freedom. We can ask about that too:
Where do you stand on Paulson's proposals to give the federal reserve more power, while eliminating regulatory controls by other government or government regulated agencies? Do you believe the federal reserve is a solution or a problem?
Thats a question the Ron Paul libertarians can get their teeth into.