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

What Did Pelosi Know & When Did She Know It?

Well, now we know why Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took Bush/Cheney impeachment “off the table” as soon as Democrats won back controll of Congress in November ’06, before she even assumed her post as Speaker in  January ’07. It appears she may have been complicit in some of the violations of the Constitution (at least regarding spying on the U.S. public) conducted by this administration.  If that’s true, it is not only Bush, Cheney and henchmen who need to be impeached, but Pelosi and any other Congressional Democrats complicit in Constitutional violations, too.

Will we be like those Germans who meekly watched while Hitler trampled their constitution and prepared to commit  atrocities? Will we surrender our democracy to an elected monarchy (in which Congress is just a “privy council” to the president) or will we, like the citizens of Ukraine, Georgia, Burma, and so many other places rise up in nonviolent defense of democracy and human rights?  History will judge us harshly if we are silent.

Call the Congressional Switchboard and ask for Speaker Pelosi’s Office, then use the same number to contact your Representative–and demand an end to warrantless wiretapping and an investigation into Pelosi’s role:  202-224-3121.


October 16, 2007 - Posted by | human rights., U.S. politics


  1. yeah–as if the Democrats on the intelligence committees were NOT fully briefed on the program from the very beginning. Haydon has been clear on this from the beginning. As if Bill Clinton is not guilty of creating the extrordinary rendition program. As if nobel prize winner, Al Gore, knew nothing about that. they are all criminals. except Hillary.

    Comment by anon | October 17, 2007

  2. Is this gonna Kill You? No i Dont Think so !

    Comment by black_mamba | October 17, 2007

  3. I’m glad to see you show your non-partisanship by criticizing members of both parties. But honestly it’s the political agitation in general that is the problem here.

    History will not judge any of “us” for this insignificant chapter in U.S. history. We will only be remembered by our families and they might wonder “why were you so consumed with commenting on political wrangling day-to-day?” As Christians they may wonder “Was that discipleship, to react ineffectually to the media stream of Washington goings-on as if that is service to the kingdom?”

    Ever yours,

    Comment by slim | October 17, 2007

  4. Well, “Slim,” if I had known what a blog was when Clinton was president, you might have thought I was a Republican! While you are right that Christian discipleship is more than political action (and certainly more than political commentary), I disagree that it doesn’t involve such speaking of truth to power. Apolitical forms of discipleship lead to bystanding or cooperation with tyranny or with atrocities–as German Christians did when the Nazis took power or white Christians did in South Africa under apartheid–or in the U.S. during segregation.

    I was a child during the days of the Civil Rights struggle. My parents were bit players. I remember going to one church in which the minister said that segregation was simply a political issue and God didn’t care about it much–Christian soul winning was more important than who was able to eat a hamburger at what lunch counter. (The minister failed to mention that black and white Christians weren’t eating and drinking together at the Table of the Lord, either!) My parents took us kids and walked out. We never went back to that church.

    Issues of “rendition” (kidnapping people and sending them to be interrogated in countries which allow torture), torture, permanent imprisonment without trial, lawyer, Habeas Corpus rights, or judicial review, “preemptive wars,” spying on one’s own citizens without warrant–these are not “political squabbles,” but matters of life and death. And, like arguments about the how we treat the environment or how we care for the most vulnerable among us, these political questions are VERY MUCH proper concerns for Christians.

    There are no such things as “Christian nations,” (a very Constantinian notion), and Christians share citizenship in this country with others. It is a secular, imperfect system. That does not mean we should be silent about such matters or that they are not important.

    If I see a politician participate in injustice, cruelty, violating the Constitution–I will speak out. No matter whether said politician is a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Socialist, Reform Party member, or Independent. I will not be silent, Slim, nor think this is some kind of distraction from my calling as a Christian. That path leads to Auschwitz–which can very much happen here.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | October 17, 2007

  5. Indeed. Read the prophets.

    Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, Who write misfortune, which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless.

    What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? ~Isaiah 10

    If God thought it important enough to send prophet after prophet to decry the oppression of nations, ought not we be concerned – and speaking out and taking action – about evil laws and resulting oppression?

    Comment by Dan Trabue | October 17, 2007

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