Excerpts from an AP story posted today.
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont senators voted Friday to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised “serious questions of constitutionality.”
The nonbinding resolution was approved 16-9 without debate – all six Republicans in the chamber at the time and three Democrats voted against it.
Bush and Cheney’s actions in the U.S. and abroad, including in Iraq, “raise serious questions of constitutionality, statutory legality, and abuse of the public trust,” the resolution reads.
The Vermont Senate is believed to be the first state chamber in the country to pass such a resolution, said Bill Wyatt, a spokesman for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Many chambers passed resolutions about the war in Iraq, but none that we are aware have called for impeachment,” he said. Advocates were thrilled with the vote.
“I think it’s going to have a tremendous political effect, a tremendous political effect on public discourse about what to do about this president,” said James Leas, a vocal advocate of withdrawing troops from Iraq and impeaching Bush and Cheney.
Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington has kept a similar resolution from reaching the floor in her chamber. She argued that an impeachment resolution would be partisan and divisive and that it would distract Washington from efforts to get the United States out of Iraq, which she says is more important. Forty towns voted in favor of similar nonbinding impeachment resolutions at their annual town meetings in March. State lawmakers in Wisconsin and Washington have pushed for similar resolutions.
This thrills me to no-end. I realize it has little to no chance of gaining serious momentum, but it’s far from a distraction. It’s a signal that the American people are fed up with the lying shits that are running our country. At least people will get the message that not all Americans are represented by the divisive, evil, arselicks that are in office. They stole the first election and subsequent reports have even the second election in doubt. Our current administration is completely and utterly illegitimate and they rule only because they have subverted the democratic process and the will of the people. It’s shameful beyond all belief.