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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Never Mind Bush, Let's Lose Milhouse

(Keywords: politics, impeach, Wisconsin, the danger of letting the corrupt run the show ) has the story of a possible backdoor to impeachment and how it may bring Bush down.

'On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Dave Zuckerman (Prog.-VT) dropped the third of three nearly unreported bombshells on the Bush administration. Zuckerman, along with 12 fellow lawmakers, introduced a formal resolution for the Vermont state legislature to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President George W. Bush.'

Three because similar moves are being made in the California and Illinios legislatures. Is this just another protest vote? The answer is surprising.

'The legal basis for these unprecedented state-level actions was discovered when, according to Steven Leser, Illinois Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough "stumbled on a little known and never utlitized rule of the U.S. House of Representatives." The rule was written in a book formerly known as Jefferson's Manual, which, according to C-SPAN, "is a book of rules of procedure and parliamentary philosophy … written by Thomas Jefferson in 1801 … [used by the House] as a supplement to its standing rules." Section LIII, sec. 603 states, "There are various methods of setting an impeachment in motion … [one of them is] by charges transmitted from the legislature of a State …"'

As some may know, Wisconsin recently voted on antiwar referenda in several communities and the results were a landslide for antiwar voices. So Wisconsin's a shoe-in for this movement, right?

Wrong. Wisconsin's legislature is run by republican Milhouse van Houten.. er.. John Gard (see photo and you'll understand my mistake). Gard is a defender of corruption and a big fan of the Bush administration. Despite recent political scandals in the legislature, Gard stands against lobbying reform legislation. In fact, because of Milhouse's inaction, reform legislation is probably dead.

Now, how much luck do you think we'll have with this guy running the show? The moral of this story is that local elections mean as much as the federal elections. A future case could be made that if it weren't for some clown in Wisconsin, Bush wouldn't have been allowed to wreck the US.