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Sunday, February 12, 2006

State proclamations for impeachment: What you can do

Here’s a list of things you can do. They’re not required. Just ideas if you find someone who wants to do something, but isn’t sure what to do:

[ For your convenience, there is a State Proclamation Archive; Click here to read other content in the State Proclamation Archive.]

Quick list

Start a discussion: [ TPM Café ] [ Kos ]

Have a poll. [Arbortender ]

Compare your poll results to “official” polls on similar issues. Compare your results, and talk to a math teacher about what you are learning. Ask them about statistics and sampling. Ask them about probability, sample size, and confidence intervals.

Organize others [ Impeach Bush Coalition ]

Prepare others [Law Collective ]

Talk to the RNC, notice things they are saying that you are not hearing in the blogosphere, media. What are their concerns. Do you notice a change or difference. Do they listen to you. How do they view the laws.

Identify local efforts

Encourage others

Show how local efforts with in with larger efforts

Write sample letters for others to modify and criticize

Contact your friends

Show how the RNC cuts off debate, or their conduct is at odds with the law

Draft sample comments for others to use and modify

Draft letters for others to choose

Share information with others in blogs

Write letters to the editor

Contact state legislators: Encourage DC officials to contact their state-level officials to discuss this. Share their responses with others. What did you learn.

Watch the proclamation calendar and news articles. Visit blogs discussing the upcoming events, provide useful links for others to learn more about how this work.

Share solutions and approaches with your friends and local officials. Share with others how the local proclamation fits in with the state effort; and how this fits in with impeachment.

Share ideas and examples of new ideas

Write to the media


Share state proclamation links with your friends and readers


Start a discussion group, open a discussion thread, start a topic. Compete with your friends to see who can get the most comments and visitors to you discussion groups. Share your results. What is working, and what isn’t. Who has new ideas to reach out to new readers.


Write a letter to your editor, local officials, and other people you admire. Let them know your views on the rule of law, and what the President is doing. Encourage them to add this issue to their agenda and vote on a local proclamation.

Invite others to discuss proclamations. Find those who are discussing local efforts and show them how their individual, local actions fit into the big picture of State level proclamations.


See if you can get a sponsor to make stickers, cartoons, websites, ribbons, or blog or bumper stickers.

  • Blog Ribbon: [ Impeach Bush ]

  • Stickers: [ Click ]

  • T-Shirts [ Click ]

    Share ideas on logos and slogans for bumper stickers, T-shirts, and blog buttons.

    Share with others where you can make your own stickers, slogans, and buttons

    Create HTML code for others to easily swipe so they can add things to their blog or websites: Stickers, ribbons.

    Notice which colors schemes, lettering, and phrases are getting the most attention,

    Create a guide for others to use to start discussions. Outline questions and suggested topics for people to write letters, discuss the issue, or raise the points during public discussions.

    Practice debating the issues with your friends. Share what you learn.

    Create a state proclamation archive, share links, let others know what you are doing, and organize your information to make it easier for others to find it and quickly learn from your progress.

  • Feedback and critiques

    Provide suggestions about sites.

    XML, RSS, and News Aggregators

    Share with your friends useful searches to find information.

    Screen links: Which results from your aggregator are useful.

    Preview content: What information is useful to help others make stronger arguments, or learn about what the RNC is doing.

    Post valuable links: Who is making progress; has new ideas; is focusing on solutions.

    Direct others to good sites so they can comment in their blogs about what they are seeing and learning.

    Blog Surf

    Visit blogs

    Be polite

    Question what people are saying – how do they know.

    Why are people making comments about ideas they have not read?

    Encourage others with what they are doing.

    Leave links

    Identify what the RNC is saying to dissuade others; encourage others to focus on what is working. Share with others what the RNC is doing to stifle discussion or examine solutions.


    Contact state officials [ Click ]

    Find people in the blogosphere who think there’s nothing that can be done – show them what just one blog can do. Learn what reasons they have for inaction. Remind them there is something that can be done.

  • A. Challenge: Well-summarized reasons of some to do nothing until later: [ Click ]

  • B. Solution: Sample response to get action in March 2006: Click, Click

    Reach out to the RNC membership and find out what they’re saying. Learn what the RNC is doing to stifle debate, fact finding, or investigations. Learn the arguments they’re using, and share with others why the arguments are flawed.

    Identify how their defenses and excuse fit in with other propaganda efforts. Look for patterns

    Dissect the RNC attacks. Show others their patterns and flawed arguments. Show in detail what their arguments are not addressing. Contrast their approaches with other RNC propaganda.

    Show others how the leadership is in rebellion.

    Learn as much as you can about those who are spewing forth RNC propaganda. What are their interests, what motivates them; how do they reconcile their dreams with the conduct that is at odds with facts, and the law?

  • Legal arguments

    Find out what the RNC thinks about the Joint Staff and the rebellion. Is it OK for the UCMJ to be violated?

    When is it OK for the Cabinet to lie to Congress.

    What are the legal theories behind state constitutional conventions.

    Are there examples of war crimes by military personnel. How are military commanders dealt with in history when they order war crimes. Learn about Joint Staffs. When were these first developed. Read about Clausewitz. How do Clausewitz objectives of a Joint Staff compare and contrast with what this Joint Staff is doing. What is to be done when a Joint Staff violates the laws of war, or encourages the military to target civilians.

    Learn about the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. When was it first created. Is the President allowed to violate the UCMJ, or does he have to follow it. What if the President doesn’t like the UCMJ, can he ignore it?

    Learn about the NSA. When was this organization first created; what is the reason the NSA exists; what event triggered the NSA to be created. What rules govern the NSA. Is the NSA only a collection system; or is it something like communication. Can the Joint Staff use the NSA to communicate orders to commit war crimes? Is the NSA conduct at odds with the UCMJ?

    Compare the US military personnel conduct in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe-Rendition, and NSA domestic spying. Which rules are not getting enforced; what happens when military troops violate the law; how does this conduct compare and contrast with what British troops did in the Colonies before 1776.


    Write guest blogs


    Summarize other comments

    Get local reactions

    See what others are doing


    Gather evidence of Joint Staff and Presidential rebellions. Understand the excuses Gonzalez is giving for violating the law.


    Explore with others the evidence of Joint Staff war crimes, UCMJ violations, and unlawful orders.

    Discuss whether the differences and similarities between the American Joint Staff rebellion and the Civil War.

    Explore how the President’s rebellion against the law is similar or different than the Colonists rebellion against the British Monarchy. When is it OK for the law to be violated; are there times when leaders are acting like rebels and must be treated as outlaws. What happens when there are clear laws, and this person has sworn an oath to uphold that document and system of laws, but they ignore them.


    Explore the pattern of conduct 2000 – 2006. Compare the conduct with the constitution Article 1 Section 8. Compare the conduct to the statues.

    Howa re the actions and statements at odds with Article 1 Section 8 powers.

    What does Congress need to emphasize.

    What President statements need to be refuted, or actions declared unconstitutional?

    What should people notice?

    How should people compare this information to other situations?

    What should people pay attention to?

    What happens when people don’t do their jobs, or fail to assert their oaths?

    What is desired?

    What types of recommendations are useful?

    What can people do to make progress; and what are signs of progress?

    Current events

    How is the RNC position shifting?

    Do the leaders support oversight, but refuse to look at the conduct warranting that increased oversight? If there is no crime, why do leaders want more oversight; conversely, how can they argue that there is “no crime” while at the same time saying there is a problem with oversight.

    What information are people ignoring. What changes are they supporting, but what facts are they missing?

    What has the White House failed to do? Is there information they have not provided?

    Does the leadership understand that they will have to publicly commit whether they are for or against the rule of law?

    What is the RNC actually able to do to stop the States from debating whether the President should or should not be impeached; or whether the Joint Staff is or is not in rebellion against the Constitution?

    Track how the legal arguments, news, and media attention is shifting. Notice how the original NSA arguments and defenses have changed since December 2005. What original arguments and defenses are not raised. Why are they raising new arguments that were never mentioned when this “well known program” was first raised? What types of arguments do you think they have created “after it was publicly known what was going on, but were not part of the original debate?”

    Was there a real debate in Congress on this issue? Does the system of checks and balances fail when the DoJ and NSA attorneys and analysts are ignored and threatened for daring to say what is true?

    How are the President, DoJ, and inspector General asking the US compromise on whether the laws are or are not enforced?

    Can you get copies of the e-mails provided, and the reasons the DoJ is concerned?

    Share links to transcripts and analysis. What important points are they missing.

    What are their reasons to assume this is true?

    Is the United States government shifting responsibility and blaming others?

    Why is nationalism in Iran bad, but nationalism in the United States good?

    Is the argument about oil really relevant when the purpose of the war has nothing to do with oil, and we still have no oil?

    If this is such a “big problem” why wasn’t Iran invaded first?

    How can the DoD justify targeting sites in Iran, but they have not provided this information to the IAEA for inspection?

    The original forecasts said Iran was 10 years away from a bomb – but did they ever find out who created that laptop report; they lied about yellow cake and WMD – why should we believe this?

    The cartoons were canned pictures form a pig squealing contest; why are they rioting in secular Lebanon and Syria, but not the more religious Egypt; learn about black propaganda.

    Is it OK for the US to commit war crimes?

    Who is causing the most chaos in the Middle East.

    How can 19 hijackers be called a “clash of civilization”? Who is causing the clash; is the clash real; how many books do people sell using this them?

    How can the US say that Iran is a problem when the US has shut down the Iraqi oil?

    Cheney says there is “nothing worse than . . .” – but is there anything worse than fighting a war in Iraq based on non-sense mushroom clouds; is there anything worse than making an error in Iraq, but continuing to do the same again in Iran?

    How much non-sense is permissible for a Vice President to spew forth to justify unlawful action?

    Is it OK to share secrets about the Vice President’s family?

    Who decides if the secrets should or should not be shared?

    What it there is a rule that says a secret should not be shared – is it OK to violate that rule because you want to make someone be quiet?

    Should leaders be able to lie about the world we live in order to manipulate you to commit crimes?