Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Rep. Wexler Thanks You For Your Support

Posted on Crooks and Liars:
 
By: Nicole Belle on Monday, December 17th, 2007 at 7:30 PM - PST
 

The tremendous response to my call for impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney confirms that the Bush Administration and Vice President Cheney must be held accountable. I have been overwhelmed by the netroots support for my call for impeachment hearings and for my website - WexlerWantsHearings.com. As of Monday afternoon - after only four days - over 80,000 people have signed up to show their support for impeachment hearings.

It is the constitutional duty of Congress to investigate the serious charges that have been leveled against Vice President Cheney, and I am using my position as a member of the House Judiciary Committee to see that hearings are held. Unfortunately, Congress and the national media ignore this serious issue. The outpouring of support documented at WexlerWantsHearings.com has been driven and supported entirely through the power of blogs, the Internet, and word of mouth. Websites like Crooks and Liars have taken on this important cause and have stepped up to fill the void left by the main stream media who still somehow believe that impeachment is a fringe idea and not worth coverage. In this case, the American people are way ahead of Congress and the media.

I was shocked when no newspaper would publish the op-ed I wrote with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). It is not every day that three members of the House Judiciary Committee set out a substantive case for impeachment hearings against the sitting Vice President. Yet, the national media yawned. No matter. The people have responded. Americans from all fifty states have signed up to support my call for hearings.

Originally, my goal was to gain 50,000 online signatures on behalf of impeachment hearings. Today, our goal is 250,000 supporters.

The charges against Vice President Cheney are too serious dismiss without hearings. If we band together, we can make focus the nation’s attention on this critical issue. Let’s continue to make our voices heard.

Congressman Robert Wexler

I’ve been in communication with Rep. Wexler’s office and they are genuinely stunned by both the volume and the quality of the response they’ve received from the blogosphere.  Look at these past posts on Wexler’s petition (h/t FOIA)  I think we’re starting to pierce through the Beltway bubble and really showing the power of the netroots to come together and support those who are supporting our values.

If you haven’t done so already, please forward WexlerWantsHearings.com to your email list. Let’s show Rep. Wexler that he can get 250,000 signatures as easily as we got him 50,000.

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Andy McKee - Shanghai



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Wexler Hits 50,000 Impeach Sigs in One Day, Going for Half-Million

by ralphlopez
17 Dec 2007

It's not being reported in the corporate media, which also refused to
publish an opinion piece penned by six-term Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), Rep.
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). But a whopping 50,000
people responded in just one day to Rep. Wexler's call for people to sign
his on-line petition supporting an immediate start to hearings on Rep.
Dennis Kucinich's Cheney Impeachment bill (H Res 799). Among the corporate
media refusing to publish the piece by three U.S. congressmen are the NY
Times, the L.A. Times, and the Washington Post.

As of Sunday morning, 54,000 people had signed the petition at
WexlerWantsHearings.com calling for action now. Names are being added at a
rate of one every one or two seconds.

Wexler has said he wanted at least 50,000 signatures. But why stop there? If
people get behind this, and if the impeachment movement spreads the word, he
could easily get closer to 500,000 signatures over the next few days.

And if each of us were to send out a call to sign to ten of our friends,
then we'd have half a million signatures, which would be hard for Conyers
and the Democratic leadership, Speaker Nancy Pelosi included, to ignore. Go
to WexlerWantsHearings.com and sign the petition!

Kucinich's impeachment bill was filed on April 24 and has been ignored now
for almost eight shameful months. On Nov. 7, a bipartisan majority of 218
members of the House voted to send it from the floor of the House back to
the Judiciary Committee for action. Now it's sat there for over four weeks.

We need to tell Congress, and particularly the Democrats who are stalling on
this important defense of the Constitution and of democracy itself that
time's up. We the American People want action. We want impeachment hearings!

Email small-town newspapers to please cover this (forget the major media,
they do not care about their country.) Hit the street corners and shopping
malls with flyers. Once you get out there you'll realize that a tiny
fraction of the population gets it news from the progressive Internet. Most
people do not have a clue about what's going on with impeachment, BUT WILL
IMMEDIATELY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY RESPOND! This happens fast. Remember that
in 1776 there was suddenly electricity in the air as a subjugated and
repressed people took to the streets and won their freedom!

(This diary based on a report by David Lindorff, Democrats.com)

http://www.mydd.com/story/2007/12/17/152811/65

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