THE FAILURE OF U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI & THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
By Rosalind Peterson
“IMPEACHMENT IS OFF THE TABLE!”
Those five words often repeated by U.S. House of Representatives Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, guaranteed that she would be become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This statement is also in direct conflict with the duties and responsibilities of the Speaker of the House and the “Oath of Office” which states:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
All members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, take this “Oath of Office” to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Whether Republicans, Democrats or Independents, they are required to uphold the laws of the United States. In stating that “impeachment is off the table”, Speaker Nancy Pelosi guaranteed that the U.S. House of Representatives would no longer uphold the laws of the United States and in so doing gave President Bush and Vice-President Cheney unprecedented powers to allegedly violate the Constitution, the Amendments to the Constitution, and other laws of the United States. In addition, it allegedly allowed the Bush Administration to lie to Congress, on more than one occasion, about Iraq.
Many impeachment resolutions are now lined up on the U.S. House of Representatives’ docket awaiting action by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and Speaker Pelosi. With her words “impeachment is off the table”, it means that Speaker Pelosi has allegedly been colluding with the Bush Administration to stop any investigations into their alleged violations of U.S. laws, the failure to enforce said laws (signing statements), and the undermining of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, the power she wields also has allegedly stopped the U.S. House Judiciary Committee from acting to order an investigation into the charges contained in several impeachment resolutions.
It is alleged that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee members are now in violation of their constitutional oath to faithfully execute their responsibility under the laws of the United States, and, to the best of their ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of their constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed…” Impeachment gives Congress the power to deter and to punish abuse of power by officers of the executive and judicial branches.
In November 2008, Speaker Pelosi, and all 40 members of the U.S. Judiciary Committee, will be up for re-election to the U.S. House. The question for all voters: Can we re-elect those who refuse to uphold the laws of the United States and the U.S. Constitution? Whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, the answer is clearly “No”.
When crimes against the people of the United States and the U.S. Constitution are at stake we cannot afford to re-elect those who refuse to even investigate, through the impeachment process, the allegations of criminal behavior by the Bush Administration, specifically President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, and a wayward U.S. Justice Department. If Speaker Pelosi and the Members of the Judiciary Committee allow the abuses of power and criminal behavior to continue, then future Presidents, of either party, will be in a position to further violate those same laws and undermine our Constitution even more.
The future of our “Republic” is at stake. Speaker Pelosi and the members of the Judiciary Committee have an obligation to the people of the United States to uphold their “oath of office”, our Constitution, and the laws of the United States. If the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman John Conyers do not vote for an investigation into impeachment charges in September, they should be voted out of office in November 2008, for this abject failure of their responsibilities and duties.
Note: The Democrats told us that if we elected them to office they would end the War in Iraq. A majority were elected to both the U.S. House and Senate. Now Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have failed in delivering on this promise. Speaker Pelosi, who controls all bills that are brought before the U.S. House, the same as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have both allowed the funding for the war in Iraq to escalate, refused to fund the war without borrowing more money from foreign countries for this purpose, and have allowed the Iraq war budget to escalate along with the massive deaths and injuries to American soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid have accomplished the escalations in war funding, American deaths, and injuries, in alleged collusion with the Bush Administration and almost all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate: Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.
The loss of habeas corpus and allowing the funding for renditions and torture were just stepping stones in a long list of Congressional failures. (One Senator, in a speech on the floor of the Senate, was not upset about torture being conducted at Abu Ghraib…he just wanted to prosecute those who released the pictures of this torture.) It is time to vote them all out of office…for their failures to uphold the laws and Constitution of the United States and their failure to end the War in Iraq by refusing to fund the War.
Adding insult to the above injuries to the U.S. Constitution and our right to vote, California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced U.S. Senate Bill #3212 - legislation that will not require states to use an independent paper trail to determine if electronic and other types of voting machines are counting our votes correctly. It allows these six choices for states to independently choose to verify if their voting machines are working…only one of which is a paper trail. Listing A-F below gives the list of independently produced records that will be allowed under this bill…which one do you think will be the most reliable and accurate and which ones do you think will be used to defraud voters, all of us, in the future?
‘(A) Paper records.
‘(B) Electronic records.
‘(C) Audio records.
‘(D) Video records.
‘(E) Pictorial records.
‘(F) Other independently produced records.
1, H.Res. 799: Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
2, Introduced November 6, 2007 Full Text
3, H.Res. 333: Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
4, Introduced April 24, 2007 Full Text
5, H.Res. 530: Censuring George W. Bush. Introduced July 10, 2007 Full Text
6, H.Res. 689: Calling upon George W. Bush, President of the United States, to urge full cooperation by his former political appointees, current Administration officials, and their friends and associates with congressional investigations. Introduced September 27, 2007 Full Text:
7, S.Res. 302: A resolution censuring the President and Vice President. Introduced August 3, 2007 Full Text:
RESOLUTIONS On Impeachment of President George Bush: (6-7)
8, Introduced July 15, 2008 Full Text
Impeaching George W. Bush , President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Resolved, That President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following Article of Impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate,
9, Full Text – U.S. House Resolution 1258 Impeachment of President Bush
Resolved, That President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: (Introduced in House)
June 10, 2008
June 11, 2008
Article I--Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign To Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq
Article V--Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression
Article VI--Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of H.J. Res. 114
Article VII--Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War
Article VIII--Invading Iraq, a Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the U.N. Charter and International Criminal Law
Article IX--Failing To Provide Troops with Body Armor and Vehicle Armor
Article X--Falsifying Accounts of U.S. Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes
Article XI--Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq
Article XII--Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources
Article XIII--Creating a Secret Task Force To Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries
Article XV--Providing Immunity From Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq
Article XVI--Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq Contractors
Article XVII--Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely and Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives
Article XX--Imprisoning Children
Article XXII--Creating Secret Laws
Article XXIII--Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
Article XXIV--Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment
Article XXVI--Announcing the Intent To Violate Laws With Signing Statements, and Violating Those Laws
Article XXVII--Failing To Comply With Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not To Comply
Article XXVIII--Tampering With Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice
Article XXIX--Conspiracy To Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Article XXX--Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt To Destroy Medicare
Article XXXI--Katrina: Failure To Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure To Respond to a Civil Emergency
Article XXXIV--Obstruction of Investigation Into the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Article XXXV--Endangering the Health of 9/11 First Responders
10, S.Res. 303: A resolution censuring the President and the Attorney General. Introduced August 3, 2007 Full Text:
11, H.Res. 626: Censuring the President and Attorney General. Introduced August 4, 2007 Full Text
12, United States House & Senate – Oath of Office + Brief History
13, U.S. House
U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 – Impeachment: “…The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment…” Impeachment is the power to remove federal officers. The House initiates the process by voting to impeach, which then refers the matter to the Senate for a trial.
14, U.S. Senate - Impeachment
15, Oath of Office – President - U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 2.
16, U.S. Constitution – Impeachment of the President & Vice-President – Article II – Section 4
“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
17, Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi
18, Federal Judicial Oaths – Federal Judicial Oaths – 2 Required
In the United States, federal judges are required to take not just one, but two oaths. The first oath is this:
I, XXX XXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as XXX under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.
The second oath that federal judges must take is this:
I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God. (Federal statute specifically says that the latter oath "does not affect other oaths required by law.")
19, Members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee – There are 40 members of this committee.
Chairman: John Conyers, Ranking Members: Lamar Smith, Tammy Baldwin, Howard Berman, Frederick Boucher, Christopher Cannon, Steven Chabot, Howard Coble, Steve Cohen, Arthur Davis, William Delahunt, Keith Ellison, Tom Feeney, James Forbes, Trent Franks, Elton Gallegly, Louis Gohmert, Robert Goodlatte, Luis Gutierrez, Darrell Issa, Sheila Jackson Lee, Harry Johnson, Jim Jordan, Ric Keller, Steve King, Zoe Lofgrin, Daniel Lundgren, Jerrold Nadler, Mike Pence, Linda Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Robert Scott, James Sensenbrenner, Brad Sherman, Betty Sutton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maxine Waters, Melvin Watt, Anthony Weiner, and Robert Wexler.
20, August 3, 2008 - New York Times Oppose this electronic voting bill.
21, A Bad Electronic Voting Bill (Everyone needs to oppose this bill.)