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It is the position of The Heartland Progressive that the Impeachment of George W. Bush should be raised to the level of a National Priority.  George W. Bush has disgraced the image of America in the eyes of the world.

Through his repeated and blatant violations of the "rule of law", and the Constitution, he has put our Liberty and our very Democracy at grave risk.  George W Bush is personally responsible for the needless deaths of uncounted 10's of thousands of people in Iraq and the greater Middle East.  He has cost nearly 3000 of our Sons and Daughters, serving in the military, their lives.  He has put us, our children, and our grandchildren deeply in debt.  It will take generations to pay off the trillion dollars or more that this ill-conceived, illegal, and immoral "War of choice" that he has waged, not in our name, but in the name of corporate profiteering and oil.


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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Let's go shopping?

"And so my fellow Americans...Ask not what your country can do for you...ask what you can do for your country" President John F. Kennedy (1961)

"I encourage you all to go shopping" President? George W. Bush (2006)

I'm not making this stuff up, folks...George W. Bush, the idiot in chief, said that, today.

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Monday, December 18, 2006
Welcome Senator Edwards
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome John Edwards to the Presidential race. The Republican Administration and Congress have severely neglected America over the past decade. We have an enormous national debt, a historically high trade deficit, tens of millions of Americans and their children living in poverty. Tens of millions of Americans have no health insurance.

While the rich corporatists have been in control of our country, their wealth has grown, exponentially, while middle and working class America has struggled to just stay even. The middle class is declining in number and wealth at levels never before seen in our history.

John Edwards represents a refreshing voice for us. John Edwards believes in the people of this country and I think it is high time that our government returns to the values that made America great… middle class, mainstream, progressive values… Jobs, a living wage, universal healthcare, and affordable public education.

Four years ago Sen. Edwards made an impassioned speech to America, dubbed the “Two America’s speech”, the Senator enlightened the nation to the fact that there are two America’s, one for the rich and one for everybody else. Senator Edwards believes that it is time that America becomes one again and I wholeheartedly agree with him. I hope you do as well.

So, welcome Senator Edwards, you have my support.
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Thursday, December 14, 2006
Dear Laura

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Dear Laura,

I'm sure that at your high society Texas tea parties, things must be just marvelous darling! But in the real world things are not marvelous at all. Nearly 3,000 US Soldiers, Marines, Seamen and Airmen have been violently and brutally killed in Iraq. Your husband doesn't like to count dead Iraqi's but we all know that that number exceeds half a million.

The media didn't kill these people; your husband's immoral and illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq killed them. This morning on MSNBC you had the audacity to suggest that the reason your husband's poll numbers were so low is because the media only reports the bad news and never covers the good news. First of all, that talking point is really getting moldy, time to get a new one, and secondly, it simply is not true.

Iraq is an absoloute and disgraceful example of the worst that humanity has to offer. Of course, there is a lot of media coverage of the devastation and slaughter that is going on there, but that is because it is NEWS!

The most recent poll puts your hubby's approval rate for his handling of the war at 19%, I don't know who those 19 percent are, I can't believe that there are 19% of Americans that still believe in his policy, whatever it might be, but I'm certain that you do. A word of advice, honey... get away from them as fast as you can...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I should begin my post with a disclaimer; I have no problem whatsoever with the Christian religion or with any person who holds that faith as sacred. My issue lies solely with those who would use their political power to impose those beliefs on a society that may or may not accept the tenets of that religion. I am not anti-christian and any who would describe me as such would be guilty of slander. That said, let me begin to take Tom Delay apart.

The radical right wing "Christianistas" apparently have a new leader, the criminally indicted, disgraced, and resigned former Conressman, Tom Delay. Yesterday, Delay launched a new weblog, designed to compete with the Huffington Post, and I might add, this site as well.

Delay's Christianistas believe that the government is not a secular institution, despite the admonitions of the U.S. Constitution. If Tom Delay can keep himself out of jail he will attempt to build a grass roots organization, much like, to raise money for evangelical candidates who will use their political power to undermine Constitutional safeguards guaranteeing seperation of church and state.

Delay and his cohorts would use their Congressional votes to stack the Federal Judiciary with like minded jurists who would overturn the rights of the citizenry to make decisions for themselves. They would impeach judges who did not agree with them and they would criminalize behaviors that they find personally offensive.

We have examples all throughout history of the disastorous results of religion based Government, the Crusades of Medieval times, the Salem Witch Trials and if you need a modern example of Theocracy, I would refer your attention to the government of Iran. Tom Delay's thinking is disordered, that is why he is under criminal indictment in Texas.

We must all do what we can to renounce his tacticts and his message.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006
Morning in America
After 12 years in the darkness the sun will rise once more in America and the dark days of Republican rule will come to an end. Today is the final day of the Republican Congress. Ushered in by Newt Gingrich in 1994 the Republicans have proven that the age-old adage of "power corrupts and absolute power, corrupts, absolutely" still holds true. We have much to be thankful for on this day, but the hard work of repairing the damage is just beginning.

It will be a daunting task and a true test of courage for our newly elected Democrats. I am optimistic that positive changes will occur but wary of the many obstacles that lie along the path. The narcissistic and messiahanic criminal, George W. Bush, still controls the Executive Branch along with his corporatist, dark warlord, sidekick, Dickey C.

Rumsfeld is gone but the carnage that he and his cohorts have wrought, continues, unabated. Pat Roberts and Pete Hoekstra have been stripped of any real power. John Boehner, Roy Blunt, and Trent Lott have emerged as the leaders of the minority Republicans. These dinosaurs have seen the meteor that foretells their extinction but have yet to realize its full import.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have taken up the gauntlet and are marching forward, but many, myself included, wonder if they will be equal to the task. I, of course, will back them in their quest to reform a government that has shown no compassion for the people that they purport to represent. At the same time, however, I will be vigilant for signs that the temptation to compromise on matters of importance to the people will be denied.

Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House, has stated publicly that she has no intentions of beginning impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush. In my opinion this is a grave error. How will we ever have a government that represents us if we do not hold the criminals within, responsible for their crimes?

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Friday, December 08, 2006
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR)
Even some Republicans in Congress have had enough of this stupidly concieved and prosecuted war; Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon is the latest member to wake up and take off the "rose-colored glasses"

"I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal," declared Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), a 10-year veteran of the Senate, in a speech last night.

Read the whole thing at TPM Muckraker
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Senator Jim Webb

The newly elected Democratic Senator just may become my new hero! Like Senator Webb I also respect the Office of the President of the United States but I most certainly do not respect the man who now holds that office. I think it is well past time that we stop giving George W. Bush the benefit of the doubt about the disastorous policy in Iraq and tell it to him in no uncertain terms, just like Jim Webb did.

The following exchange between Senator Webb and the President was reported in the Washington Post by Michael D. Shear.

Well done Senator!

At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall.

But it wasn't long before Bush found him. "How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq."I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme. "That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?" "That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
John Kerry...Mission accomplished
The “Swift-boating” of John Kerry is now complete. A poll released today finds that John Kerry has plummeted to the bottom of a list of 20 politicians rated on their likeability. Only 39% of respondents had favorable feelings about John Kerry. Amy Robach of Fox News affiliate MSNBC put it this way; “...Wait till you see where John Kerry finished...”

I bring this up to remind us all that the echo chamber is a very effective tool in the fight for political power in this country. Despite devastating losses in the 2006 mid term elections these right wing zealots still control the media. The decorated war hero who could have saved the lives of so many in Iraq is less popular than the man who’s narcissistic, and messiahanic crusade has claimed the lives of untold tens of thousands of people and destabilized the Middle East for probable generations.

I worked on the Kerry Campaign in 2004 and now I wouldn’t support John Kerry either, not because I consider him any less honest or dedicated but rather because I feel that he can no longer win. He has been so badly beaten up by the right that he no longer has any credibility. It is an absolute outrage what these people are capable of...

Al Gore is another example of their power. In my opinion Al Gore was elected President in 2000, but these people used their power to overturn the will of the people and gave the job to Bush. George W. Bush is not one tenth the man that Al Gore was and is. If you have not seen An Inconvenient Truth I encourage you to rent it,

Watching the movie I was struck by the image of a man who actually thinks about things that are important to the world and to the people of the world. I tried to think of George W. Bush actually putting realistic thought, or humanity, or compassion, into any issue that has confronted him over the past six years and could not think of any.

According to news reports, Bush has engaged on a campaign to raise $500,000,000.00 dollars for his Presidential Library to be located on the campus of SMU along with a “think tank” the “Center for Democracies”... God help us all...
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