The election is over and the Dems are already making me sick by avoiding the issue of impeachment, or by simply saying it will not be pursued in order to appease their increasingly right-wing constituencies. Pursuing impeachment was the main reason I wanted the Dems to win both houses.
See this article for more on the issue:
Breathing the "I" Word, by Elizabeth Holtzman
See these books for a lot more info on the how and why Bush should be impeached:
The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens, by Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper.
Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, by the Center for Constitutional Rights.
The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office, by Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky.
Don't let the Dems--now in power, but still bought up by right-wing/conservative interests--undermine the constitution by avoiding their sworn duty to uphold it. There is a VERY good chance Bush is guilty of impeachable crimes. If so, this president, and future presidents, need to be held accountable for "high crimes." Pelosi is making it clear that she won't do her duty, probably because her career is more important to her, and she sees impeachment as potentially damaging to her career. She feels she needs to be careful about these things.
Pelosi: "I said we'd be having hearings on the war, we'd have hearings. But I don't see us going to a place of impeachment," Pelosi said in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "Investigation does not equate to impeachment. Investigation is the requirement of Congress. It is about checks and balances." (see article). It seems like a bad idea to have determined where the hearings and investigations will go before you have them. In other words, hold the investigations, and then decide if impeachment is the appropriate course.
Brendan Daly, Pelosi's spokesperson: "impeachment is off the table; she is not interested in pursuing it." Why does she have the power to decide not to investigate what obviously could be impeachable offenses? Her duty is to at least investigate these issues.
The long-term good of the country is better served by the Dems doing their duty and starting impeachment proceedings--or at least not deciding the outcome of investigations and hearings before they start. Watergate hearings didn't happen because of the Dems wanting to do what was right; the people had to push them. Now it is our turn to push. We need to push Pelosi and the rest of the careerists in the so-called Democratic Party. You can be sure that super careerist Senator Clinton won't be much better on this issue than Pelosi. I'll be supporting a Spitzer/Obama ticket in 2008, though Obama seems very much like a careerist too.
Please pass on these links so that the 53% of the Americans who think impeachment should be on the agenda know that it is not only possible, but that it is necessary. As with Nixon, it will be up to the people--ie, us--to push these too-conservative dems to do what is obviously the just thing to do.