New Hampshire was one of the first Thirteen Colonies, the very first to declare independence from tyrannical King George, the very first state to have its own constitution and is where the first primary in the quadrennial U.S. presidential election cycle is traditionally held. Does New Hampshire hold the key to accelerating the nationwide grassroots movement to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against domestic enemies to that selfsame Constitution?
In 1774 patriots were forewarned of the impending raid on Fort William and Mary in Portsmouth Harbor by the 'midnight ride' of Paul Revere. Two centuries later patriots are crying out warnings against the threat of tyrannical rule again.
Traditionally the most conservative of the New England states, New Hampshire was the only U.S. state to give its electoral votes to George W. Bush in the 2000 election but then go Democratic in the 2004 election. Both of New Hampshire's Representatives are first term Democrats who unseated incumbent Republicans in 2006 and both have made statements highly critical of the executive branch abuses of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Are they ready to fully stand up to contemporary tyranny?
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH 01) last week introduced "The Presidential Signing Statements Act of 2007" (HR 3045) which would "prohibit the courts from considering signing statements when interpreting federal laws" which has a sister bill in the Senate introduced by Republican Arlen Specter (R-PA). With the introduction of HR 3045 Shea-Porter issued the following statement
"President Bush has trampled on the constitutional separation of powers through his abuse of signing statements," said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. "He has attempted to usurp power that was given to the Congress, not the President, and has severely bruised the system of checks and balances. This is an insult to the founders of this country and to the American people, and it cannot be allowed to continue."
..."Every third grader learns about separation of powers and checks and balances - the Congress writes the laws and the President signs them," continued Shea-Porter. "Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the President can approve part of a law and ignore the rest."
Paul Hodes' (D-NH 02) reply letter to a constituent's concerns
was even more scathing in his evaluation of the Bush Administration:
"It is no secret that I disagree with the Administration on numerous issues. Over the past six years, I have been appalled by the secrecy and partisanship the Bush Administration has employed to pursue their objectives. As a former prosecutor, I am troubled by the legality of the warrantless NSA surveillance program and the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. As an American, I am shocked by the inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina, the chronic mismanagement of the war in Iraq and the failure to support our troops, wounded soldiers and veterans.
In November, I was elected to provide a new direction for America and restore accountability to our government. In the past three months, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which I am a member, has investigated the scandal at Walter Reed Hospital, the outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame and the Administration's bungled efforts in Iraq.
The Bush Administration must be held accountable, and Americans deserve the truth."
The very words of Representatives Hodes and Shea-Porter:
"The Bush Administration must be held accountable, and Americans deserve the truth" and their actions and policies are "an insult to the founders of this country and to the American people, and [...] cannot be allowed to continue."
... must be echoed back to each of the honorable Representatives daily by their constituents and other patriots around the nation until they take the only remaining appropriate action - that of honoring their oaths of office to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic
Representatives Shea-Porter and Hodes must be overwhelmed with calls to cosign H. Res. 333 calling for the impeachment of Dick Cheney and to support the commencement of impeachment proceedings of first Cheney and then Bush on the floor of "the People's House" where each Representative was sent with a clear message last November "to provide a new direction for America and restore accountability to our government".
Contact them Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday...
Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-01)
(Rep. Shea-Porter e-mail)
Representative Paul Hodes, II (D-02)
(Rep. Hodes e-mail)
ImpeachforPeace.org cofounder Mikael Rudolph was interviewed by Bert Cohen of WSCA LP FM Radio 106.1 Portsmouth, New Hampshire on the topic of impeachment for a full hour earlier this month. This interview can be found at: impeachforpeace.org/impeach_bush_blog/?p=2736