August 22, 2007

INDIAN SOIL MAY PROVIDE COMMUNITIES A GOOD FOUNDATION

from the Bad Eagle blog

Some great news, of which I am personally proud. Dane County, Wisconsin, has passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. It is the second county in the U.S. to do so. Why am I proud? As a Stockbridge Mohican from the reservation near Shawano, I was born in Dane County at a hospital in Madison. I am very glad to see that the folks living in Dane County have the backbone to stand up for justice and the Constitution. So, while Yeagley blogs about why he fantasizes about blondes and why being blonde is important to his Comanche identity, I’d rather give you a piece of heartening news from Dane County, place of my birth.

Capital Times — “At the end of a marathon seven-hour session, the Dane County Board early today became the second county government in the nation to endorse the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney... the night began with fanfare and a demonstration in support of the impeachment proposal. Although many cities and other municipalities have endorsed impeachment, Dane is only the second county — behind New York's Tompkins County — to endorse such action.

A group of 60 or more gathered in front of two black coffins bearing the names of Constitution and Democracy — part formal protest, part street theater. ‘A lot of people are saying we ought to let these fellows run out the clock,’ said Midge Miller, whose first presidential protest began five decades ago against Lyndon Johnson. ‘But I say we cannot afford to give them any more time, because we do not know what they will continue to do.’

The protesters, dressed in orange vests and armbands, beat drums and waved signs as County Board members Barbara Vedder, Ashok Kumar and John Hendrick all spoke in favor of the resolution. ‘People have said this is not our business," said Hendrick, "but as board members we swore an oath to defend our Constitution against these kinds of attacks.’ ... Among the reasons given for impeachment were illegal wiretaps, the deception that led up to the Iraq war and the torture of detainees...

Buzz Davis, a veteran from Stoughton who helped organize the event, produced more than 8,000 petition signatures in favor of the impeachment resolution. Joan Schwarz, a Madison resident, Stoughton attorney and lecturer at UW-Whitewater, said for the group: ‘Our last impeachment began at the top. This time there is a need for this action from the bottom up’.” [Ben Hopper, 8-21-07]