Why are we afraid of impeachment?

For at least four years, there have been calls for the impeachment of both Bush and Cheney. Although it has rarely been polled, those polls that have been done find support for impeachment proceedings to be in the 40% to 50% range... very strong support for something that is almost never discussed on the media. The most recent numbers I found are from an Ipsos poll from last year.The poll interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 6-9.

The poll found that 50% agreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him."

44% disagreed, and 6% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 3.1% margin of error.

Among those who felt strongly either way, 39% strongly agreed, while 30% strongly disagreed.

This was before the recent release of documents proving that Bush absolutely did lie about his justifications for the war. So what are we afraid of?

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Action: Gay Students at Risk in South Carolina

Gay High School students in Irmo, South Carolina need your help.  

A firestorm has recently erupted over the formation of a Gay/Straight alliance, the school's compliance with anti-discrimination law, and the resignation of a popular principle.  

The students of Irmo High School need your help today to draw attention to their situation, because, I fear, they are about to receive the brunt of a backlash from this conservative Christian community.  Please read on after the jump.

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Surprise, surprise - poor people getting the short end of the stick

Every day, in courtrooms throughout New York, people are denied justice simply because they are poor. Ricky Lee Glover, a homeless Syracuse man, languished in jail for seven months without bail after he was accused of stealing copper pipes from an abandoned public housing complex. Though he knew nothing about the law, Glover finally filed a motion on his own."I think there's something seriously wrong with a system where people like me have to learn to become their own lawyers," Glover said. He's right. <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rfjcfPkGsFw&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rfjcfPkGsFw&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

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NY Cops Deny Press Pass to Respected Police Blogger

During his 20+ years working the cops beat for Newsday, the New York Post and the AP, Leonard Levitt dug up some of the best police reporting in the business. But when he started his own muckraking web site, NYPDConfidential.com, and exposed the underbelly of the NYPD, the police department suddenly denied him a press pass - a vital tool for any reporter that enabled Levitt to cross police and fire barriers to report news at emergency and crime scenes. Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union (the NY chapter of the ACLU) sued the NYPD to protect Levitt's right to report freely and fairly on one of the largest and most important police departments in the country.

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We Will Stand By Edwards As He Stands By Us

In my lifetime I can remember 7 Presidential Elections.  With each passing election came a growing sense of ground being lost.  We would elect Bill Clinton and watch him compromise.  We would nominate Al Gore and watch a theft of democracy.  We would nominate John Kerry and see electoral clumsiness.  This time I will not go with the flow.  I will not support first the Rock Star or the ex-First Lady.  I will support and vote, even if I am the last one doing so, for John Edwards.

Though I am only 31, the endless triangulation and selling out has taken a toll on me.  Having grown up in Texas I feel that the analogy I am about to use is most appropriate.  I feel as though I am in the Alamo.  I feel as though there are only a few of us and the Mexican Army is moving forward.  I suppose while this may not literally be life and death, I can begin to understand a little bit why the Texans did what they did.  Someday, perhaps my children or grandchildren are going to want to know about me in a way that I did not describe to them about myself.  There are going to want to know what kind of person I was.  They are going to want to know if I was loyal, and they are going to want to know if I was honorable.  I have come to the conclusion that if I were to leave John's side now that I would be worthy of neither of the above descriptions.  In my heart I know the probable outcome.  I know that if I were to bail now I would save myself much pain, but I also know that John Edwards is the only candidate of my lifetime who knocked on my door not for my vote, but because he cared.  

We Edwards supporters are trapped behind a wall.  We know that the forces of the media and the other candidates are closing in.  Those who choose to stay will be rewarded with almost certain heartbreak, but those who choose to stay will also have had a hand in building our party's platform.  For every voice that is heard from in support of Edwards minds are opened, and for every delegate we garner our vision endures, and for anyone who has believed in the power of the common man their hope will live on.

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