Tuesday, December 04, 2007

American Freedom Campaign kick-off! Make'em come to Congress!

Will anyone in Washington hold the Bush administration responsible for the offenses it has committed against our Constitution?

In the next 10 days we will find out.

It appears that the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, after more than a four month delay, is finally prepared to allow the House to vote on whether to bring contempt charges against White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Tell your representative it is time for the people's Congress to take a stand against an executive branch that acts as if it is accountable to no one. It must do so by issuing these contempt charges.

If it does not, the next administration -- whether it is led by a Republican or a Democrat -- will be emboldened to take even more drastic steps in furtherance of an all-powerful and tyrannical executive branch.

Click on the following link to send a message to your representative:


It was way back on July 12 when Bolten and Miers defied Congress and refused to show up at a hearing held to investigate the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys last year. This was not a situation where they appeared at the hearing and refused to answer certain questions.

They did not offer some testimony and assert executive privilege on a handful of subjects.

They just completely blew off the subpoenas issued by Congress -- a co-equal branch of government with oversight powers -- as if they had been sent an informal invitation to a Democratic National Committee picnic.

Later that month, the House Judiciary Committee approved well-deserved contempt citations against both Bolten and Miers. The next step: A vote on House floor to formally issue the contempt citations. Easy, right? Not so fast.

The Democratic leadership in the House first promised to take up the issue immediately after Congress's August recess. But in early September, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, claiming they had "not briefed lawmakers on what [the vote] would mean and how the controversy would play out,"[1] announced the vote would be delayed until late September or October.

October. No action. November. Nothing again. Now the word is that the House will vote on contempt charges in "mid-December." Will they actually go through with it? Not without a swift kick in the butt is our guess.

So do your part to give them a kick in the butt by sending a message to your representative today.

Just click on the following link:http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=21919

Thanks so much for taking action to defend our constitutionally-established system of government.


Steve Fox
Campaign Director
American Freedom Campaign

[1] "Miers, Bolten contempt filings delayed," Politico, September 11, 2007, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0907/5750.html

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