Reader Deb sends this story from Madison, Wisconsin:
The eight Madison City Council members who abstained from voting to recommend that Congress impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney outweighed the nine citizens who made personal pleas to the council and presented more than 8,300 signatures demanding that the council recommend impeachment.
Just before 4 a.m. this morning, after an hour of impassioned debate, the city council failed to muster the necessary 11 votes to recommend impeachment.
The final vote was 8 to recommend impeachment, 3 opposing that recommendation and 8 abstentions.
Most noteworthy was an impassioned speech opposing the BDS measure by Thuy Pham-Remmele, a councilwoman born in Vietnam:
“I have been through war more than any of you can imagine,” Pham-Remmele said.
Recounting her premature birth after her mother fell as the family was fleeing the French in 1948, she proceeded to speak of America’s exit from the Vietnam War as a turning point in world opinion against the United States.
“It’s the part you chose not to look at that should haunt you forever,” Pham-Remmele said.
Saying she had not been home in 34 years and characterizing her decision to become a naturalized U.S. citizen as painful, Pham-Remmele said she knew the atrocities of war.
While lauding impeachment advocates’ good intentions, she asked, “Do you think Congress will listen to you?”
Looking directly at the spectator gallery, Pham-Remmele said, “It is easy to be like Jane Fonda and walk with the communists … and feel good about it. If you really want to save lives, think of something more concrete.”
Absolute. Moral. Authority. Right, MoDowd?