Lincoln Chafee Calls Bush Worst President in History

By David Swanson

Former Republican Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday evening called George W. Bush the worst president in U.S. history and the occupation of Iraq the worst foreign tragedy in U.S. history. Chafee said Bush deserved to be impeached.

A Fire-Breather in Congress

By David Swanson

Rep. Robert Wexler (Dem., Florida) has written a book, soon to be released, that is as different from most congress members' books as Wexler is from most congress members. He's titled it "Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress." Wexler is depicted on the cover with the Capitol in the background and his fists in the air.

Peace Activist Sheehan to Speak at Area Hotel

By Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

Cindy Sheehan, a peace activist and candidate for Congress in California’s 8th District, will speak at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel on May 22.

The event will last from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Preston Room. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for students; $20 for general admission; $50 for admission and a photo with Sheehan; and $100 for admission, a photo with Sheehan and priority seating. Free parking will be available at the Omni for people attending the event.

Sheehan is running as an independent in an attempt to unseat House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents California’s 8th District.

Sheehan, who lost her son in the Iraq War, rose to national prominence in 2005 when she set up an anti-war encampment outside of President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Sheehan has visited Charlottesville twice in the past three years, most recently in July as part of her “Journey for Humanity” tour.

Cindy Sheehan to speak in Charlottesville, Va., on Thursday, May 22nd, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cindy Sheehan is a candidate for Congress in California's 8th District, challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi has overseen the spending of hundreds of billions of dollars of your grandchildren's borrowed money to occupy Iraq.
Can you find $20 to challenge her agenda?

Pelosi has removed impeachment from our Constitution. Jefferson's rolling in his grave.
Can you help restore our republic?

Join us on Thursday, May 22nd, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Preston Room at the Omni Hotel at the Downtown Mall: 235 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Free parking at the Omni for those attending this event.

Admission at door by cash, check, credit: students $10, general admission $20, admission plus your photo with Cindy $50, admission plus photo and priority seating $100.

For flyers or to volunteer to help promote this event, write to: david@davidswanson.org

One Hundred and Eleven (111) Pro-Impeachment Candidates (!!!)

By David Swanson

I've done no survey. There are probably a heck of a lot more candidates out there who haven't contacted me or I haven't happened to run across. But I have put together a list, thus far, of 111 candidates for Congress, the Senate, or the White House who support impeaching Bush and Cheney. Here's the list, organized by office and by state / district:

Steve Harrison for Congress

By David Swanson

I'm not going to join in promoting the idea that drunk driving and adultery are political positions worthy of voters' endless scrutiny and titillation, but as long as a congress member as disastrous in his policy positions as Vito Fossella is on the ropes for some dumb reasons, it's worth noting that we have the opportunity to replace him with someone who actually shares our beliefs and might even act on them.

Steve Harrison is a Democrat challenging Republican Fossella in New York's 13th district. Harrison supports single-payer healthcare, opposes further funding for the occupation of Iraq and would bring the troops safely home, would end NAFTA/WTO, supports marriage equality, would abolish the death penalty, and would impeach Cheney and Bush. He has the national endorsement of Progressive Democrats of America.

In fact, Harrison is so good that the Democratic Party leaders in Washington are fishing around for someone less progressive they can run against him. Let's nip that idea in the bud by demonstrating that we can put our money where our hearts are. Go here and give what you can:
http://www.steveharrisonforcongress.com

The Last Sane Republican

By David Swanson

The Republican Party as a national mainstream organization began with Abraham Lincoln and ended with Lincoln Chafee. Before and after those Lincolns, the party was not something that most Americans could relate to, was not something that many people could imagine offered any sort of benefit to all people as opposed to particular types of people.

We Can Stop Iraq Funding - Here's How

Take 1 Minute to End the Killing:

Congress Members have received thousands of phone calls, and some of them are committing to voting no on Iraq funding. The vote won't happen until next week, so keep the calls coming: Call your Congress Member now at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote No on the war funding.

More Detail:

Pelosi does not have the votes to pass the Rule, a procedural vote that must pass prior to votes on each of the three amendments (1. war money, 2. a nonbinding "timeline goal," re-banning of torture and permanent bases, redundantly banning a Bush-Maliki treaty without consent of Senate or both houses of Congress, and forcing Iraqis to pay for the reconstruction, 3. other spending including military spending and veterans spending).

She doesn't have the votes because of Republican opposition to the whole maneuver (which will involve amending a bill that's already passed in order to avoid a vote on the whole package - except for the Rule vote), and because of "blue dog" (right-wing) Democratic outrage over spending some $11 billion on something useful when they want to stay focused on wasting over $100 billion on killing. Democrats who do plan to vote No on the war funding have not threatened to vote No on the Rule. But they should if they want to block this thing.

If Pelosi buys off the blue dogs somehow, progressives could still step in and block the war money by blocking the Rule. There may be some progressive resistance to the Rule anyway, because Lee and Kucinich both want to be permitted to bring up amendments. (Lee's would resrict funding to a withdrawal. Kucinich's would ban the use of funds for attacking Iran, Syria, etc.)

So, call your Congress Member now at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote No on the war funding and on any Rule that would bring it up for a vote! And tell them to make their position clear to the Speaker. Tell them that you will REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER. Make clear to them that voting for either of the other two amendments will be no excuse for voting for the war funding amendment. You can remind them (92 of them) of this letter in which they committed to voting No.