Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Madam Speaker

Dear Madam Speaker,

With all respect for the reasons you expressed this morning, with respect to impeachment of executive branch officials within the current administration, I call on you to moderate your stance with respect to impeachment.

You are not Speaker of the Democrats, but Speaker of the House of Representatives, which has a sacred duty to uphold our Constitution's system of checks and balances.

If a President, Vice-President, or cabinet member is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, it is the job of the United States Congress to intervene. Failure to do so is a failure in one of your fundamental duties.

To begin with, Rep. Inslee's motion to investigate Attorney General Gonzalez for impeachable offenses merits your support. This is not a partisan rush to sack a Republican. Rep. Inslee is calling for an orderly procedure in accordance with our law. Please, madam Speaker, support this process and let us consider the conclusions.

As for higher officials, Madam Speaker, I beg you not to worry about the appearance of partisanship. To fail to defend our Constitution against a figure such as Richard Cheney, for fear of how it might be used against Democrats in an election, WOULD be partisanship at its worst.
Please be courageous and take the long view of history. Do not let this Congress be the one that had an opportunity to defend the Constitution against a tyrannical force - and failed to do so.

Most Sincerely,

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