The Biggest Election Story Not on Your TV

By David Swanson

For over half the days during any period of years you choose to select, the biggest story in U.S. news outlets is the impending most important election in your lifetime. The story, of course, takes an infinite variety of forms, ranging from candidates' friends and associates to their diets, wardrobes, religions, childhoods, and hobbies. There are variations that take us through polls and fundraising and commercials and donors and staffers and analysis of commentary on reporting on sound bytes. We learn the ins and outs of the process, the demographics of likely supporters, and the statistical likelihood that a candidate of a given race, religion, gender, and shoe size will get an RBI in the next inning. Occasionally we even get a glancing glimpse at what a candidate might do if elected.

If Waxman Were to Act

By David Swanson

Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, together with his staff, produces incredibly valuable research and analysis, with infinite patience and futility.

It's Just Plame Impeachable

By David Swanson

Not everybody agrees on every detail of Constitutional interpretation, but James Madison and George Mason have opinions that ought to carry a little weight, since they wrote the thing. And they both thought impeachment would be applicable if a president were ever to pardon someone for a crime that he himself had something to do with.

Is Fascism an Impeachable Offense?

By David Swanson

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers consistently lists among his reasons for not holding impeachment hearings, his fear of the corporate media. But last week the corporate media exhibited its fear of impeachment. Only those voices in support of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment spoke. Others kept quiet. The network news shows avoided the topic, but the cable news shows gave us Keith Olbermann promoting impeachment on MSNBC, and Jack Cafferty on CNN saying things like:

Impeachment Articles Deluxe Version

Wouldn't it be nice....

if there were a page where you could see the titles of Dennis Kucinich's 35 articles of impeachment against Bush, and where is you clicked on a title it took you to the full text, plus the video of Dennis reading that article, plus documentation of the facts in the article, plus links to blogs about that article, and updates on the particular offenses since the introduction of the article?

And what if you could add comments and links to the page yourself?

And what if there was a link at the bottom to pages where you could take action, get the latest news, read statements of support, and answer that hobgoblin of little minds: "What about Cheney?"

It'd be like a one-stop shop for hands-on training in the use of the United States Constitution.

There is:

Death and Bases

By David Swanson

Yes, bases have replaced taxes as one of life's two certainties. For plenty of corporations and even privileged individuals in the United States and elsewhere, taxes are no more. But U.S. military bases are everywhere. And you can call them enduring. You can call them lasting. You can call them substantial. You can even call them humanitarian aid missions. But the damn things are permanent, and there aren't too many corners of the globe in which you can hide from them.

Bush Tried to Destroy Medicare

By David Swanson

Who even remembered that Bush lied to the public and the Congress (by the way, that's a felony) during his effort to destroy Medicare? Well, Congressman Dennis Kucinich remembered. He made that act into Article Number 30 of his 35 articles of impeachment. But there's no reason he couldn't have pulled out a dozen other similar incidents or even patterns of incidents. There is every reason to take him seriously when he threatens to come back in a month with 60 articles of impeachment, if by that time the House Judiciary Committee has not acted on the first batch. And perhaps at that point, Congressman Kucinich will force a vote on the floor on the question of impeachment. Perhaps, as he has already hinted, he won't go it alone but share the podium with colleagues. Or perhaps the threat of unrelenting pressure will restore the impeachment power to our Constitution in less than 30 days. Already there are Democrats sounding more positive on impeachment than they ever have before, and Republicans saying they'd vote for it if it was put to a vote.

7 Million Quarts of Blood for Oil: No More!

By David Swanson

An editorial cartoon in newspapers today shows a Democratic donkey shouting before the war that it's just about cheap oil, and complaining now that there's no cheap oil. So, donkeys are stupid. Q.E.D.

Put Kucinich on Meet the Press