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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 05:11 AM
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Bangor (Maine) News: "For Failures, It Takes One To Know One"

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For failures, it takes one to know one

By Pat LaMarche
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

Nancy Pelosi called the president a failure Thursday. Well you know what they say: "Takes one to know one."

For an ordinary gal, I spend quite a bit of time in Washington, D.C. I spent the Fourth of July with one of my heroes, Sen. Mike Gravel. He and his delightful wife, Whitney, had a dinner party. We watched the fireworks from their balcony overlooking the Potomac River. The Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial framed the explosive spectacle across the way.

I must confess: I dont like fireworks. They put carbon into the atmosphere and remind me of bombs. I wonder what sort of fear I would feel if they were bombs instead of entertainment. Then again, bombs have become entertainment to us. Who didnt watch the bombing of Baghdad on TV during the big "shock and awe" season of 2003?

According to New York Times Art Critic Michiko Kakutani, 25 percent fewer folks went to the movies during the bombing because, "people stayed home to watch the war, and snack food sales and restaurant deliveries thrived."

How repulsive we are! Bombing a city of 4.5 million people didnt wreck our appetites.

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Ironically, Speaker Pelosi is the head of the opposition party. Shes supposed to lead her party in opposition to the actions of the president who is in the "ruling party." The terminologys all confused because the speakers party is actually in power in Congress, which should make them the ruling party, and the president isnt supposed to be a "ruler."

In fact, according to Wikipedia, the president is "the head of the executive branch of the federal government whose role is to enforce national law as given to him in the Constitution and written by Congress."

But, over the last eight years, those knuckleheads in Congress gave the president of the United States their power and pretty much all of ours, too and now they dont know how to take it back. But the answer to reclaiming power is just like the definition of the president.

Congressional power is defined by the Constitution!

The way they could wrestle back control, according to Article 2 Section 4, would be impeachment of the president, and the vice president, secretary of state, secretary of defense and so forth. Any civil officer of the federal government can be brought before Congress and tried. Because the Constitution made Congress the ultimate boss!

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Our failure of a Congress cant say they dont know people want that trial, because wanting a trial is how they got elected.

The people of America wanted Congress to wrestle power back for the people; under the misguided notion that Congress represented them.

Want evidence? An October 2006 poll published in Newsweek magazine said that the majority of Americans wanted the president impeached. The next month the presidents party lost control of Congress. When Speaker Pelosi took impeachment off the table it wasnt because Americans changed their minds a November 2007 poll by the American Research Group found that Americans still favored impeachment it was because she changed her mind.


Pat LaMarche of Yarmouth is the spokesperson for the Evergreen Mountain Resort & Casino referendum campaign. She's the author of "Left Out in America" and can be reached at .

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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 05:24 AM
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1. Pretty much hits it right on the money.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:38 AM
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2. Absolutely correct.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:49 AM
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3. "..and remind me of bombs."
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 06:49 AM by formercia
That's what they're supposed to remind you of, Nancy. Watch a HE air burst at night and you will see why. The only difference is fireworks don't send out red hot shards of metal that can tear human beings to shreds.

A sound you will never forget is the sound of shrapnel screaming by you, even before you hear the burst of the shell. For some people, it's the last thing they ever hear.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:38 AM
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4. Good one, Pat!
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AmyCamus Donating Member (371 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:52 PM
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5. What can be done to get Senator Obama to change his mind re impeachment
Because as long as he's against it, we should support him.
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