imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

David Swanson’s “Daybreak” is a Wake-Up Call for Patriots

by William Hughes Friday, Sep. 04, 2009 at 11:40 AM
liamhughes@comcast.net

America is in deep doo doo! It goes beyond the Wall Street-induced financial meltdown. David Swanson’s “Daybreak” book is a wake-up call and a plan for “Citizen Power” action. The Bush-Cheney Gang is gone, but President Obama acts like he is serving out Dubya’s third term. How presidential power was enlarged and the Congress collapsed is good to know. However, how to fight to get our country back from these usurpers, is even more important.

David Swanson’s ...
swanson__s_tome.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x640

“We have in our power to begin the world over again.” - Tom Paine, author of “Common Sense.”





For me, the essence of author/activist David Swanson’s insightful tome: “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,” is this: On June 16, 2005, I was at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., to cover a hearing on the infamous “Downing Street Memos.” This document, crafted by the Brits, revealed that the Bush-Cheney Gang, colluded with Dubya’s poodle, Tony Blair, the then British P.M. It showed that they were predisposed to go to war with Iraq--no matter what. To that immoral end, the scoundrels schemed to fix the “intelligence and facts...around the policy.” In other words, the b......s lied and thousands of innocents died, U.S. troops and Iraq civilians alike; and the U.S. taxpayers are now out $3.5 trillion and counting. (1)

That hearing, initiated by Swanson, along with a coalition of activists, was held in a basement room of the Capitol--more like a large closet. (2) The Bush-Cheney Gang wouldn’t allow the use a regular meeting room on the Hill. The House of Representatives’ “Out of Iraq Caucus,” led by Representatives John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Bob Filner, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Dennis Kucinich, James McGovern, Jim Moran and Lynn Woolsey, sponsored the “unofficial” event. The phonies in the Establishment media either totally ignored, marginalized or mocked it. This, sadly, was their M.O. during most of the reign of the Bush-Cheney Gang.

Most telling, however, was who testified at that historic hearing. They were individuals whose names are repeatedly mentioned in “Daybreak,” for trying to get the truth out about the Iraq War and the related evil doings of the Bush-Cheney Gang. I’m referring to: Cindy Sheehan, the “Peace Mom;” Ray McGovern, the gutsy, ex-CIA analyst and WMD expert; and, ex-U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson. His wife, Valerie Plame, was “outed” as a CIA agent by V.P. Dick Cheney’s stooge, Irv “Scooter” Libby.

“Scooter” Libby was later caught lying to the FBI about his sneaky role in that rotten caper. He was convicted by a Federal jury, in Washington, D.C. of perjury. Swanson argues that there was evidence in the Special Prosecutor’s investigation “directly” implicating Bush and Dubya in LIbby’s follies. Dubya later commuted Libby’s sentence, but even he, a master lawbreaker and usurper of the U.S. Constitution, refused to pardon the bum. Go figure! (4)

Swanson details how Dubya enlarged the powers of presidency way beyond the original intent of “The Founders.” He rightly labels it a “power grab.” Swanson cites 161 signing statements, along with Dubya’s implicit claim, as Swanson interprets it, that he possessed “the right to violate laws...about 750” of them. One glaring example of this insidious practice is how Dubya insisted that he didn’t have to “report back to Congress on the use of the [USA] Patriot Act authority to secretly search and seize” supposed evidence to be used against citizens to make out a case against them under that draconian law. By this action, Dubya was signing “away provisions that he himself had negotiated with Congress to include [in the Bill] in order to win passage of the legislation.” This is the same measure that a mostly cowardly Congress, led by Sen. “Turncoat Joe” Lieberman, passed in the middle of the night with little or no public discussion.

Congress, Swanson emphasizes, unconstitutionally delegated to Dubya, in October, 2002, the right “to use force” against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. By doing so, the author claims both Dubya and the Congress violated the “Constitution and the War Powers Act.” The war-making power rests under Art. 1, Sec. 8, Clause 11, with the Congress alone. What Congress did, in this situation, is like a judge delegating his judicial power to his office secretary and/or law clerk. It was patently wrong and remains a stain on the Republic.

Swanson spends a considerable amount of time in his book on “congressional spinelessness.” He calls it the “congressional collapse.” One important area where many of the lawmakers failed their Constitutional duty was in the realm of Impeachment. Swanson shows that a prima facie case for Impeachment could have easily be made against both Dubya and V. P. Dick Cheney. The latter, more so than the president, because his arrogant utterances, and bald face deceptions, opened him up to more public scrutiny. (4)

With respect to the battle for Impeachment, Swanson spotlights the laudable efforts of House member, Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH). He writes: “In April, 2007, [he] introduced three articles of impeachment against the vice president. The resolution became H. Res. 333, and Kucinich reintroduced it on November 6, 2007, as H. Res. 799, in order to force a vote on the floor of the House. Twenty-seven Congress members cosponsored. The full House voted to send the resolution to the [Judiciary] committee, but that was understood as a way to kill it...In June, 2008, Kucinich introduced thirty-five articles of Impeachment against Bush.” They eventually suffered the same dismal fate as the Cheney’s articles.

Moving on, it will just break your heart to read how the Congress could have ended the blood bath in Iraq. As Swanson underscores--and this was in 2007 when the Democrats held a majority in the House--all they had to do was simply to “stop passing bills to fund it.” I think there is going to be a “Special Place” in Hell for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her cronies for their shameful part in not doing what they had promised the American people, prior to the 2006 elections. They clearly implied they were going to end the war if they won that election. It became clear fast, however, that wasn’t going to be the case.

Swanson outlines a host of endemic evils that our country has absorbed over the years, such as: the ultra-expensive role of Global Cop; the enlargement of the Military-Industrial Complex way beyond anything that President Dwight D. Eisenhower ever feared; the threat to Civil Liberties by having a president with near “dictatorial powers;” along with the baleful interests of the parasites on Wall Street, as reflected in the bailout of the Banksters. Swanson describes that repulsive scheme as “Welfare for the Wealthy, [Henry] Paulson’s Plunder and related giveaways and loans $8.400 billions (that’s $8.4 trillion.”) (5)

How are the people, those that truly love our Republic, ever going to undo this current sorry mess--this “Imperial Presidency”--and re-create a “More Perfect Union?” Swanson lays out a blueprint for that task. It is, indeed, going to be a very daunting one, but the alternative is to end up languishing in a Police State! Truly, the latter is just too horrible to even contemplate. I also believe that with the national economy in a deepening recession, more people are now beginning to listen to voices other than those coming from the Looney Right.

Finally, Swanson writes with urgency. This is particularly justified since President Barack Obama, who pledged “change,” acts, (double gasp), like he is serving out Dubya’s third term in office! The bottom line is this: Democracy isn’t a spectator’s sport. People have to get off their collective butts...and take action. Let Swanson’s call for the full utilization of “Citizen Power,” echo throughout the land. The people need to take their country back before it is too late. Wake-up, America! (6)

Notes:

1. http://projects.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/Default.aspx?src=project_home&context=overview&id=945 and http://antiwar.com/casualties/ and http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174902 and
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/51383
2. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/about and
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=liamh2#play/search/1/0OmUn8A474s
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Libby
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0f6dGRmzVw
5. http://world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/57927 and
http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2008/04/10/p24695#more24695
6. http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/13664/index.php and http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/16855/index.php and http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/16292/index.php

©2009,William Hughes. All Rights Reserved.

Editor’s Note: William Hughes’ videos can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=liamh2. His latest book, “Saying ‘No’ to the War Party,” is available on Amazon. Email Contact: liamhughes@comcast.net.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

KPFK is in double trouble, credit cards misused, and... A24 3:48PM

WW Broad & The War On Public Education In LA A19 8:05AM

KPFK= more. Tired of the turmoil? we are too. A18 4:22PM

KPFK Work Reductions ....signs of an ending now, so soon ? A18 10:30AM

kPFK under threatening duress - even to it's long-established staff by new Gen'l Mgr A16 8:46PM

Secretive Glonvec weapons manufacturer in town A13 9:21AM

KPFK in MeltDown.NOW. A11 11:31AM

KPFK RADIO is essential to Pacifica, who also umbrellas KPFA that may be falling away A07 7:26PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

How to Get Vikings War of Clans Cheats Free NO Password A30 7:47PM

Vikings War of Clans Cheats And Hack - Android And IOS [Updated2015] A30 7:47PM

Vikings War of Clans Hack/Cheats Tips Gold,Silver,Food and more 100% Working A30 7:46PM

Eternity Warriors Heros Call Hack iOS Android Cheats A30 1:38PM

PES Club Manager Hack iOS Android Cheats A30 1:37PM

NYT Features Anti-Russian Propagandist A30 12:21PM

US Occupies Yemeni Island A30 12:06PM

West Point Professor Calls Anti-War Legal Scholars Fifth Column Threats A30 10:27AM

France, Germany and Russia Back Ceasefire in Donbass: Hold the Cheers A30 6:31AM

Why the Refugee Crisis A30 4:19AM

Investigate UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness for violating UNRWA's Mandate A29 9:47PM

Ukrainians Overwhelmingly Oppose Junta Rule A29 12:45PM

Dubious Sponsor Launches Petition to End Gaza Blockade A29 11:30AM

Eternity Warriors 4 Hack mod apk 2015 [Coins,Diamonds and Energy] cheats Android iOS A29 10:37AM

Score Hero Hack iOS Android Cheats A29 9:33AM

Dragon Story Country Picnic Hack iOS Android Cheats A29 9:32AM

Ski Safari 2 [Hack] telecharger gratuit [Coins] Android iOS A29 9:09AM

Egypt's War on Press Freedom A29 6:56AM

Pocket Platoons hack adder unlimited Gold,War Bonds cheats A29 6:24AM

Eternity Warriors 4 Hack apk cheats ios android A29 6:13AM

Right-Wing DC Court of Appeals Upholds Unconstitutional Surveillance A29 3:04AM

Facebook Hack for passwords A29 2:22AM

Fbi methods are unconscionable A29 12:31AM

Fashion Diva Hack adder unlimited Coins cheats Android iOS A28 6:44PM

Black New Orleans 10 Years Post-Katrina A28 11:22AM

908 Environmentalists Have Been Murdered in Brazil, Many Elsewhere As Well A28 9:52AM

Wall Street Rally: Hold the Cheers A28 9:50AM

Shell paid out $15.5 Million over Saro-Wiwa Murder A28 9:29AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy