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Kucinich video asks if it's time to begin impeachment proceedings against Bush
Ron Brynaert
Published: Monday March 19, 2007
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In a new video posted at YouTube.com and at his campaign website, Rep. Dennis Kunich (D-OH) asks if it's time for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.

Last Thursday, as RAW STORY reported, Kucinich declared during a speech on the House floor that "impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran." The 2004 presidential candidate, who is running again in 2008, told RAW STORY that his House floor statement "speaks for itself."

"This House cannot avoid its constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power," Kucinich said on the floor Thursday. "The Administration has been preparing for an aggressive war against Iran. There is no solid, direct evidence that Iran has the intention of attacking the United States or its allies."

Kucinich added, "Since war with Iran is an option of this Administration and since such war is patently illegal, then impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran."

"I'm asking you. Do you think it's time?"

In the three-and-a-half minute video which was posted on the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq War, Kucinich states, "We are in an interesting condition in this country, where we are told to take impeachment off the table, and keep on the table a U.S. military attack against Iran."

"Kucinich was referring to the long-standing insistence of some House Democrats that impeachment was 'off the table' in Congress, and to the removal last week of a clause in the pending Iraq War appropriations bill that would have insisted the President come to Congress for approval before launching any military action against Iran," explains a press release obtained by RAW STORY.

Kucinich continues, "This past week, in the Congress of the United States, I noted that the administration has threatened aggressive war against Iran. This is a violation of the UN charter. Charters are treaties. Article 6 of the Constitution of the United States says that treaties are the law of our land, the supreme law of our land."

"It's illegal to threaten aggressive war against another nation," Kucinich states. "Iran has no ability to attack us. And they do not have the intention to attack the United States."

The 2008 presidential candidates is calling on people to help him mount a "peace stand."

"We cannot let this administration go any deeper into this journey, into destroying democratic governance, trashing our Constitution, forgetting the very purpose of this nation," Kucinich adds. "America was never meant to be a nation forever on the warpath. It was meant to be a nation which also had the capacity to 'Promote the General Welfare.' We need to reevaluate the direction of this administration by looking at its conduct in office, by determining whether it has faithfully followed the laws of our nation."

Kucinich insists that he is "prepared to start that process."

"I began this week with a speech on the floor of the house, which warned the administration that its actions toward Iran already constitute a case to ask the question about impeachment," Kucinich states.

"So I'm asking you, what do you think?" Kucinich asks at the end of the video. "Do you think it's time?"

Video as posted at YouTube and at Kucinich 2008:

Transcript of video:

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My fellow Americans. We are in an interesting condition in this country, where we are told to take impeachment off the table, and keep on the table a U.S. military attack against Iran.

This really calls for a new thinking. It calls for us to reconsider very deeply the moment that we're in – where our Constitution is being trashed, where international law is being violated, where our hopes and dreams for the education of our children, for the health of our people, for housing, for our veterans, are being set aside as we go deeper and deeper into war.

We need a whole discussion in America. And with your help, we're about to have one.

This past week, in the Congress of the United States, I noted that the administration has threatened aggressive war against Iran. This is a violation of the UN charter. Charters are treaties. Article 6 of the Constitution of the United States says that treaties are the law of our land, the supreme law of our land.

It's illegal to threaten aggressive war against another nation. Iran has no ability to attack us. And they do not have the intention to attack the United states.

We are at a moment in human history where we have to make a decision whether we are going to go deeper into war, or whether we are going to take a stand on behalf of peace.

I determined a long time ago to take that stand on behalf of peace. And I want to enlist you and enroll you in taking that same stand.

We cannot let this administration go any deeper into this journey, into destroying democratic governance, trashing our Constitution, forgetting the very purpose of this nation. America was never meant to be a nation forever on the warpath. It was meant to be a nation which also had the capacity to “Promote the General Welfare.”

We need to reevaluate the direction of this administration by looking at its conduct in office, by determining whether it has faithfully followed the laws of our nation.

I'm prepared to start that process. I began this week with a speech on the floor of the house, which warned the administration that its actions toward Iran already constitute a case to ask the question about impeachment.

So I'm asking you, what do you think? Do you think it's time?

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