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Opinion - June 6, 2008

Not too late to begin impeachment

Mountain View City Council should urge Congress to hold Bush accountable

by Fred Duperrault

You might occasionally see around Mountain View — in the vicinity of the Sunday Farmers Market, the Caltrain station and the Post Office — several petition circulators with signs dangling from their necks reading "Impeach Petition to MV City Council." Probably two-thirds of passing pedestrians are puzzled about what exactly the signs mean.

To shed some light on this, the signs are signaling a citizens' petition to the Mountain View City Council. Specifically, we are asking the council to join the efforts of scores of other American municipalities in urging the U.S. House of Representatives to promptly hold impeachment hearings. The hearings would be conducted to investigate charges that President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney committed "high crimes and misdemeanors." The House hearings would serve as a type of grand jury, not as a trial.

If, following the hearings, members of the House decided that the charges warrant a trial, they could, by a majority vote, call for the Senate to conduct an impeachment trial.

Many citizens do believe that Bush and Cheney are impeachable, but they think there just isn't enough time to hold the hearings before the 110th Congress adjourns in January. Also, they note, Bush and Cheney will be termed out of office in January 2009, so what's the point?

The point is this: Nothing else the House does could be more important than uncovering the truth about the Iraq War — and whether it was started by Bush and Cheney on false pretenses — before those two leave office. Concern about the gravity of their abuses is immense. Setting a precedent by not holding our leaders accountable would send an ominous message to future governments that our highest office-holders are simply above the law.

Members of the Silicon Valley Impeachment Coalition, who for the past year and half have been busily advocating impeachment trials for Cheney and Bush, are very aware that time is running out in Congress. Yet we believe that during the next six months it is possible, and indeed appropriate and necessary, that the House allots the time needed to hold the president and vice president publicly accountable for their egregious misdeeds. Though it is unlikely an impeachment trial will result during this Congress, hearings that can ferret out the truth can and must take place.

In calling on the House to hold hearings, our City Council members will be honoring their promise to defend our Constitution, and will be standing up for their constituency. It is up to them to remind Congressional representatives of the sacrifices of our local youth who have been killed or injured while carrying out their ill-conceived military assignments.

The council should also express reproach over the approximately $150 million Mountain View residents have paid in taxes that have been squandered during the past five years of war and occupation. As a consequence of this misuse of our tax dollars, federal and state funds for education, health care, housing, transportation and more have been preempted to pay for Cheney and Bush's imperial pipe dreams.

As co-founding members of the Impeachment Coalition, several of us from Mountain View will continue to seek support from the City Council by petitions and word of mouth. Soon, we will respectfully present the rationale — and the urgency — for why the city should deliver a resolution to The Peoples' House of Representatives calling for impeachment hearings.

The SVIC welcomes the readers of this report, and all Mountain View residents, to join our effort. Urge the City Council to take a stand for our community and for justice.

Fred Duperrault lives on W. Middlefield Road. To learn more about the Silicon Valley Impeachment Coalition, visit


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Posted by Cynthia Papermaster
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2008 at 7:19 pm

I urge Mountain View to join nearly 100 other cities nationwide who've passed impeachment resolutions
(see Web Link)

Thank you Mr. Duperrault for writing this editorial. This is the most important issue in the nation today: citizens and cities demanding that our Representatives fulfill their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution by investigating Vice President Cheney for suspected crimes committed in his capacity as Vice President. There are a least a dozen easily provable impeachable offenses on public record for Cheney. One of the latest and worst is his involvement in economic crimes that are hurting every American except the most wealthy. Cheney has been in the driver's seat for illegal policies ranging from wiretapping to torture to lying us into war to the treasonable act of threatening war on Iran without the authority of Congress. Cheney has an approval rating in the teens. Over 60% of americans surveyed nationally think he has abused the power of his office. If there was ever a time to use the Constitutional remedy of impeachment, this is it! Ask your Congressperson to demand immediate impeachment hearings. There are substantiated rumors of an attack on Iran. For the sake of our own security we cannot strike Iran. The onlyway to stop it is to start impeachment hearings, which as Mr. Duperrault points out, are like a grand jury investigation. This could take as little as a week-- the evidence is readily available. Cheney will resign rather than face full hearings and a trial in the Senate. This is what happened with Nixon; he resigned a few months after his impeachment hearings began.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Impeach Bush (and Cheney) before he attacks Iran at the end of his term in office with the hope of becoming an even larger historical hero president like god promised him for going into Iraq.

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Posted by Monica
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 14, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Oh sorry, I heard this was a "Impeach the president for crimes " and thought it was for Bill.

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Posted by yr funny
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 15, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Bill WAS impeached, you dingbat, and his "crime" was lying about sex.