Monday, April 24, 2006

If Congress Will not Lead Perhaps Illinois Will

Apparently we have a few neighbors to our south that would like to see some accountability in the Republican led Congress. State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood) is introducing a measure in the Illinois State Legislature that would advocate for the impeachment of George W. Bush. This from the Chicago Sun-Times:

To support her legislation, Yarbrough is relying on a provision from Jefferson's Manual, a procedural handbook written by Thomas Jefferson as a supplement to U.S. House rules.

Jefferson wrote that there are various methods of setting an impeachment in motion, including "charges transmitted from the legislature of a State."

If Yarbrough's resolution passes the General Assembly, it would go to the U.S. House, where it likely would be referred to the Judiciary Committee, said a spokesman for the Committee on U.S. House Administration.
Judiciary Committee? Oh my, does that mean that we would have to count on F. Jim for some accountability? That is certainly not likely to happen.

Even though it is likely that this resolution will not go very far, it can at least send a message to the GOP led Congress. It appears that state legislators in California are now following Illinois in this effort.

According to the Illinois resolution the reasons for the measure are some of the following:

Bush has "willfully violated his oath of office" by manipulating intelligence to start the war in Iraq, leaking classified national secrets and authorizing illegal spying on American citizens.
True that! Where do I sign up?

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