Frustrated by the failure of the Dem leadership to carry through with impeachment, some Bush-haters in Brattleboro, Vermont want to subject President Bush and VP Cheney to arrest if they set foot in their town. Consider it sort of a do-it-yourself impeachment alternative:
President Bush may soon have a new reason to avoid left-leaning Vermont: In one town, activists want him subject to arrest for war crimes.
A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.
“This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do,” said Kurt Daims, 54, a retired machinist leading the drive.
As president, Bush has visited every state except Vermont.
The town meeting, an annual exercise in which residents gather to vote on everything from fire department budgets to municipal policy, requires about 1,000 signatures to place a binding item on the agenda.
The measure asks: “Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictment for consideration by other municipalities?”
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. The press office did not immediately respond to an e-mail.
The state Senate in Vermont earlier this year approved an impeachment resolution. Guess there’s nothing else to worry about in the Green Mountain State.
Oh: Check out the Che Guevara beanie on Brattleboro BDS leader Kurt Daims.
FYI, Daims is looking for an “impeachment driver:”
This is a terrific chance to contribute to the impeachment movement. You could even make history. John Nirenberg has marched 300 miles from Boston. He is approaching Philadelphia and will be presenting petitions and letters for impeachment from all over New England to Nancy Pelosi in Washington D.C. John needs a new support driver for the first week or two of January.
The impeachment mob has quite the little racket going on. Earlier this week, Daims was hyped by a Huffington Post blogger Dan DeWalt, who likened the Brattleboro movement to the founding fathers forging the Declaration of Independence. DeWalt’s bio on HuffPo says he “authored the Newfane impeachment resolution passed in 7 Vermont towns in 2006.” (More here.)
HuffPo failed to disclose that Daims attempted to get the Brattleboro council to pass a measure that would:
…”for the sake of our nation and world, issue bonds and notes of $190,000 to hire two advocates who would attempt to impeach the president, and…
… that $30,000 to be awarded to Dan DeWalt of Newfane for his services….”
These people aren’t going away. As I’ve continued to report in my Impeachment Watch series, there’s a groundswell that will hit Washington after the New Year. It’s going to cause the Democrat leadership considerable heartache and headache. Many pundits are focusing on the supposed conservative crack-up. But keep your eye on the fissures spreading between the Dems and the extreme BDS left over this impeachment business.
What Nancy Pelosi has to look forward to via the Village Voice:
John Nirenberg would walk 500 miles. And it sounds like he would walk 500 more. But unlike the persistent pop tune by The Proclaimers, he refuses to be the man who falls down at Nancy Pelosi’s door.
Nirenberg, a hearty New York City native and current resident of Brattelboro, Vermont, intends to be standing when he reaches Washington, D.C. around January 10, at the conclusion of a scheduled 40-day walk that began in Boston on December 1. This fall, the 60-year-old professor of organizational behavior and Air Force veteran decided to traverse Route 1 on foot to implore House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
“It was about a whole collection of issues around the Constitution and the behavior of this administration,” explains Nirenberg, who finds that his sense of outrage and jogging background help him complete 15 miles per day. “Especially the torture issue, the spying, and an illegal war. All of this, at some point, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I decided that I needed to do something different.”
In order to channel his frustration, Nirenberg founded the non-profit organization, March in My Name, where his trek can be followed on the Web site, www.marchinmyname.org
He hopes also that by collecting photos, testimonials and petition signatures, he can show Speaker Pelosi that popular support exists for her, at the very least, to allow the House Judiciary Committee to open a hearing into the behavior of the Bush administration.