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 Rants: Slight Glimmer of Hope Amidst the Clouds of Dark Smoke?

AlienLove Editor

Will the Kingdom of Bush finally fail?

Is it finally going to HAPPEN? Will the media be forced to cover the story? Will the momentum finally build to IMPEACH Mr. Bush and the others involved?

Are we at last seeing a hint of backbone from the Democratic party?

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I was beside myself with excitement the other night to hear that a number of Democrats organized by the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, were holding a public forum regarding whether Mr. Bush preplanned the attack on Iraq. I am happy to say that there was finally, a long overdue acknowledgement that Mr. Bush’s acts “could be” impeachable offenses.

A citizen petition was also circulated, see: “Memogate Hearings Scheduled for June 16” which was to be presented to Mr. Bush. At least a half million citizens signed it. Not unexpectedly the Republican party and Mr. Bush did their best to down-play and circumvent this event, and I searched all day for any mention of it on television news and other major news outlets. It was not (gee, this seems to happen a little too often) until late last night that any information began being reported.

According to Pete Yost, of the Associated Press [1], the Republicans managed to schedule 11 major votes to coincide with the Democratic forum. To show their respect for their fellows and the issues, the group was relegated to a very small out of the way room.

Somehow I find this totally unsurprising and typical of current Bush and Republican tactics.

Of course, as of yesterday, the White House continued to refuse to respond the May 5th letter signed by 122 congressional Democrats questioning whether there was an effort to “fix” facts and intelligence to support the policies Mr. Bush wanted to follow in attacking Iraq and removing Saddam, as was evident by the “Downing Street Memo” released in the UK. White House spokesman, Scott McClellan says of John Conyers, that he “is simply trying to rehash old debates.”

The reality however, is that this administration has done everything in it’s power (and much that is unconstitutional) to suppress information of this type, any type of debate about Bush policies, or any questions about it – except questions by those citizens and reporters handpicked and known to be friendly.

The Hearings will be broadcast tonight (Friday, June 17, 2005) on C-Span2 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Be sure to check it out!

There was even some good news regarding curbing a couple of the unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act (government access to citizen’s library and bookstore records without warrants)[2] despite the games of the Republican party in past weeks. [3] [An interesting read]

Today there is a hint of a smile on my face, as a glint of light peeps between the dark stormy clouds of this administration.

So things are heating up! About time!

You might want to check out the following website:


[1] “Democrats Urges Inquiry on Bush, Iraq” by Pete Yost, Associated Press, June 16, 2005

[2]VOTE VICTORY: Privacy bill passes over Bush veto threat [also see how your congressperson voted]

[3]“GOP Chairman Walks Out of Meeting,” by Jim Abrams, The Associated Press

Additional Background info:

"Congressmen probe Iraq war memo"
A group of US congressmen is holding a hearing into a leaked UK memo which suggests President Bush had decided on war with Iraq eight months in advance.

Note: From lensor - The C-Span2 hearings are available from the following page under 'Recent Programs' entitled 'House Judiciary Cmte. Democrats Meeting on Downing Street Memo and Iraq War' from 16 June, 2005. See http://www.cspan.org/

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Re: Weekly Rant: Slight Glimmer of Hope Amidst the Clouds of Dark Smoke? (Score: 1)
by lensor on Sunday, June 19 @ 07:29:21 EDT
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The C-Span2 hearings are available from the following page under 'Recent Programs' entitled 'House Judiciary Cmte. Democrats Meeting on Downing Street Memo and Iraq War' from 16 June, 2005. See http://www.cspan.org/

Re: Weekly Rant: Slight Glimmer of Hope Amidst the Clouds of Dark Smoke? (Score: 1)
by FrogDaddy on Sunday, June 19 @ 09:01:30 EDT
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I watched the original cspan airing and it was awesome. I really do believe a big part of our future's history was being made in that little basement room. I hope time moves quick enough that we can impeach Bush before his term is up. Let's just hope the Democrats don't get bogged down with the typical "3 years to get anything done" thing and get moving.

As for Howard Dean ... he is right. I'm tired of bowing to Republican rhetoric. They're full of BS and too afraid to backdown from the decisions they've made.

Re: Weekly Rant: Slight Glimmer of Hope Amidst the Clouds of Dark Smoke? (Score: 1)
by tommeb on Tuesday, June 21 @ 20:23:23 EDT
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I, too watched the CSPAN coverage and was elated! Finally people are taking their heads out of the sand and seeing what many have seen for a very long time.

Mainstream media is a joke these days and too eager to cave into the Republican bullies for fear of losing funding or other retribution.

I have signed the petitions and e-mailed my Congressmen for continued support in exposing these extreme violations.

We should reflect on Watergate as that will be seen as minor in comparison to what this adminstration has been pulling for the past 5 years

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