Resolutions currently circulating in California and Illinois to compel Congress to consider impeachment proceedings against President Bush are coinciding with recent calls for the same thing by Neil Young and David Crosby.
“Yes, I want to impeach the sonofabitch,” Crosby, perhaps one of the most visible and vocal artists against the war in Vietnam, wrote in an email to the Weekly. “Do you know about Neil’s new record yet?”
Crosby was referring to a soon-to-be-released 10-song collection by his former band mate, “Living With War,” on which Young calls for impeachment in the song titled simply, “Let’s Impeach the President.”
The Weekly is the only news organization — alternative or mainstream — to call for impeachment proceedings against President Bush.
Meanwhile, in Sacramento, “We’re watching the president exceed his constitutional authority in one area after another. I don’t think we can afford to wait for the next disaster and hope to survive,” Assemblyman Paul Koretz, a West Hollywood Democrat, told the Weekly, citing fears about possible war — even nuclear war — with Iran. “I think it’s time to start the dialogue about questionable activities by the president.”
Koretz submitted his resolution Friday to the Assembly Rules Committee, the day after similar papers were filed in Illinois by Democratic General Assemblywoman Karen Yarbrough.
Monterey Park Democratic Assemblywoman Judy Chu said Tuesday that she was not aware of the resolution, but when it comes to impeachment: “Yeah, I think Congress should look into it. I do think we should be as vigilant as possible with regard to changing policy in Iraq.”
The House of Representatives Rules Manual, initially drafted by Thomas Jefferson, allows states to submit charges of impeachment to the House for consideration.
To paraphrase another famous rocker, time is not on Bush’s side. Young’s album and the assemblyman’s resolution come as Bush’s ratings are hitting all-time lows.
According to CNN, Bush’s approval rating is at 32 percent. In June, a Zogby poll found some 42 percent of voters would favor impeachment if Bush was found to have lied about his reasons for going to war with Iraq. If Bush broke the law in regard to unwarranted wiretaps, 36 percent of those polled by the Los Angeles Times on April 12 felt it was an impeachable offense.
Even if his resolution fails to find support, which would not need approval from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is voted down or does not find support in Congress, “I would hope it slows them down and makes them a little more accountable,” said Koretz of the Bush administration.