Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Breaking News: Cindy Sheehan May Challenge Pelosi for House Seat

“Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, mother of slain soldier Casey Sheehan and one-time “face” of the U.S. anti-war movement, is threatening to run as an independent for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s seat in the House of Representatives–unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush within two weeks.   Does she have a chance?  It’s hard to say.  Until she became Speaker of the House, Pelosi was wildly popular in her district in San Francisco, which is heavily Democratic.  However, when Pelosi took impeachment (and even most judicial investigations) “off the table” within hours of becoming Speaker, she angered much of her district and a large section of the Democratic base which believes (as do I) that President George W. Bush and VP Richard Cheney have commited “high crimes and misdemeanors” that deeply violate their oaths of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and that both should be impeached, tried for impeachment in the Senate and, once removed from office, indicted and tried for crimes against U.S. and international law.

 I do not know whether Ms. Sheehan would make a good Congressperson, but I applaud her attempt to encourage people to run against politicians of all parties who put their own careers ahead of “doing the right thing” for the common good. 

Now, here’s an interesting question: Considering that Bush and Cheney have already repeatedly defied congressional subpoenas and other legal actions, if they were impeached and found guilty, would they leave office or refuse to go? Would George W. Bush, who believes he is above the law, and Dick Cheney, who thinks he is an entirely separate branch of government (!!!), order the National Guard to surround the White House and/or the VP’s residence and fire on any U.S. Marshalls or FBI agents who came to remove them after they refused to go voluntarily?  What kind of Constitutional crisis would THAT involve??


July 8, 2007 - Posted by | U.S. politics

1 Comment

  1. Dr. Westmoreland-White:

    I’ve included in several entries on my blog during the last five months a similar scenario to the one you have suggested about the Washington junta-leaders failing to leave the premises once evicted. My concerns are greater than yours.

    I believe one or both of them may feel it is in the best interest of America that come 01/20/2009, they not leave their command centers. When I first brought this up about a year ago (and admittedly I was not the first to propose such an idea), people said I was too far left to have a good grasp of just how well our government has switched the batons every fourth or eighth year over time. That is not the case. Presidential and diplomatic history were topics about which I wrote more than any others as a college student and are still two of my favorite subjects. (For the record, theology isn’t far behind.)

    But, this administration is unlike any we have ever had in our 231 year history. Now, the folks who called me ideolgocially flawed a few months ago are seeing the potentiality of an extended stay by Bush et al. It is not outside the realm of possibility.

    Comment by Jeff Noble | July 9, 2007

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