Barcelona Agrees With Rocky Anderson on Impeaching Bush
There is hardly a more vocal critic in the Western United States than Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. He made national headlines with a rally against President Bush's visit to Salt Lake City last fall. This week he testified before the Washington State Senate in support of a resolution to impeach President Bush.
Here's an excerpt from his speech at an impeachment rally in Olympia, Washington:
The lies and the callous immorality of President Bush, and the outrages on human dignity he has perpetrated or countenanced, are a disgrace to our great nation. The President has weakened our country and sullied our reputation around the world. The time is long past due for the American people to stand up and speak out against this disastrous presidency and the Congress that refuses to hold it accountable. We are here today to say, "No more!"
No more Iraq war.
No more God-is-on-our-side religious nonsense to justify this immoral, illegal war.
No more torture of human beings.
No more denial of the right of habeas corpus.
No more kidnapping of people and sending them off to secret prisons in nations where they will be tortured.
No more glorification of torture by the entertainment industry.
No more centrally-owned, hysteria-driven, corporate news media complicit in selling the Bush administration’s lies to the American people.
No more unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.
No more manipulation of national intelligence for political purposes.
No more manipulation of our news media with false propaganda.
No more authoritarian assertions of power by the president.
No more silence by the American people.
This is a new day. We can unify in our insistence upon the truth, upon peace-making, upon more humane treatment of our brothers and sisters around the world.
We will continue to call for the impeachment of President Bush, a most appropriate response to his blatant abuses of power. We will continue to resist the lies, the deception, the outrages. We will insist that peace be pursued, and that, as a nation, we help those in need. Let us join together to break the cycle of hatred, of intolerance, of violence. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
We urge Congress, be silent no more.
We urge all Americans, regardless of party, be silent no more.
Let impeachment be the first step toward national reconciliation – and toward penance for the outrages committed in our nation’s name.