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Saturday, March 25, 2006
Impeachment - Rumbles in New England
The lies,the lies. They can no longer be brushed off. Yes, the heretofore unthinkable subject--calls for impeachment of President Bush--is being heard more and more. And what is surprising is that it is being voiced not only in liberal bastions like Massachusetts and Vermont. I do not believe that the process will actually reach the stage when the president will have to appear at impeachment hearings. Nevertheless, it is a heartening sign of how growing number of Americans feel about the president and his actions during the past five years. "HOLYOKE, Mass. -- To drive through the mill towns and curling country roads here is to journey into New England's impeachment belt. Three of this state's 10 House members have called for the investigation and possible impeachment of President Bush."
Thirty miles north, residents in four Vermont villages voted earlier this month at annual town meetings to buy more rock salt, approve school budgets, and impeach the president for lying about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and for sanctioning torture.
Window cleaner Ira Clemons put down his squeegee in the lobby of a city mall and stroked his goatee as he considered the question: Would you support your congressman's call to impeach Bush? His smile grew until it looked like a three-quarters moon.
"Why not? The man's been lying from Jump Street on the war in Iraq," Clemons said. "Bush says there were weapons of mass destruction, but there wasn't. Says we had enough soldiers, but we didn't. Says it's not a civil war -- but it is." He added: "I was really upset about 9/11 -- so don't lie to me."