The Downing Street Minutes

Shakespeare's Sister, who has been the organizing force behind the Big Brass Alliance, has her Downing Street post up. It's thorough, and it's well written, and I heartily encourage everyone who comes here to give it a look. But here's the purpose of the alliance--to spread this specific part of the message:

Our intention is to tenaciously pursue this story, even if the mainstream media will not, and vigorously support the efforts of Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and After Downing Street, a Coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005 a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war.

I bolded what was to me the most important part of that statement, because I want to make absolutely clear what we're asking for--we want a formal investigation. We're not asking for impeachment proceedings. We're asking that the House of Representatives do its job and act as a check on the Executive branch, not its toady.

I've said it before--I expect nothing to come of this request. The Republican leadership in the House is corrupt and beyond reclamation and will never desert their President. But still we must make the demand that they do their duty, if only to require them to make a public repudiation of it. The information that has come out thus far warrants an investigation, an honest and open investigation, and should the House leadership refuse this request, as they almost certainly will, then they will have said clearly and openly that they have put partisan politics above their duties as public citizens, and over the oaths they took to defend the Constitution of the United States.

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