(Cross posted at Pax Americana)
Here are the two Nancygrams I'm mailing in the morning; I'm including the copy here so those of you who don't have time to compose your own can cut-and-paste.
The first is your basic, somewhat formal letter to a Congressperson, but it touches on the themes I brought up in this post.
The Hon. Nancy Pelosi
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Dear Madam Speaker:
Like millions of Americans, I am dismayed by your repeated assertions that the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney is simply not an option for the Democratic leadership in Congress at this point in time.
While you are correct when you say simply getting the troops out of Iraq is difficult enough, I would suggest that impeachment isn’t going to make that job any harder. The Bush administration has demonstrated that it will tolerate no interference from you or anyone else when it comes to their policy on Iraq, and they fully intend for our troops to remain there for the foreseeable future. Given these circumstances, it seems obvious that the only practical method for bringing the troops home – at least before January of 2009 – is to remove Bush and Cheney or at the very least hamstring their political authority so severely that they will have to comply with Congress’ Constitutional authority to dictate war policy.
Using impeachment to restrict the President’s political options will also have the added benefit of preventing him from doing any more damage. No doubt you hear the whispers about military action against Iran more clearly than those of us outside Washington do; I’m certain that I don’t need to point out how disastrous such action will be. If he should order a strike against Iran during impeachment proceedings, it would be obvious to even his most dedicated supporters that he is once again putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk not because of a legitimate security concern but rather to prop up his fading political fortunes.
It is true that impeachment may cause the mechanisms of our government to grind to a halt, but seeing as those mechanisms have gone completely haywire I’m not sure that would be an undesirable outcome. Indeed, it may be the only way to bring them back under control.
Thank for your time and attention.
Speaker Pelosi's DC address is 235 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515.
No sooner do I finish up my second Nancygram than I stumble across this link in the comments to my original impeachment post - GMTA and all that. Anyway, go buy a shirt if you're so inclined, and send this to Speaker Pelosi if you're feeling retro:
Original .psd file here if you want to monkey around with it on your own:
No, I don't think she'll get the joke. But who knows - maybe some staffer will dig it and stick it up on his or her bulletin board...and the big black word IMPEACH will stare at Speaker Pelosi all...day...long...