Telluride leads Colorado in movement to impeach Bush/Cheney

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TELLURIDE – The Town Council on Tuesday, by a 6-1 vote, passed the first reading of an ordinance calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney, taking the lead in the state for a growing national movement.


TELLURIDE – The Town Council on Tuesday, by a 6-1 vote, passed the first reading of an ordinance calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney, taking the lead in the state for a growing national movement.
Although it will have to wait until its next August meeting to ratify the resolution after its second reading – if the council chooses to do so --Telluride’s locally elected representatives decided there was little reason to delay by sending the matter to the voters in November.
While only Mark Buchsieb was the only councilmember who cast the lone dissenting vote, the remainder of the council cast their votes with little comment after a bevy of the petition’s supporters rallied for the cause with scorching critiques on the current Administration.
“Tricky Dicky looks good, at this point, doesn’t he?” said Mary McLean, one of four residents who spoke in favor of passing the ordinance, referring to the dark years of the Richard Nixon presidency of the early 1970s.
Said resident and World War II veteran Phil Miller, “We need accountability to prevent imperial war adventures.” Local business owner Jerry Greene joined the 100 locals who signed the petition by urging the council to make a decision, as a board, as opposed to forwarding it to a November ballot.
“Pass the resolution rather than put it off,” he said. “It’s your opportunity to be heard as individuals because of your position (on council).”
In passing the first reading of the ordinance, Telluride is in position the lead as Colorado’s first town to endorse a Congressional investigation leading to the impeach of the president and vice president over issues related to the Iraq war and NSA surveillance of American citizens, among other charges.
“These are sad days for America, but these times were not brought by the people but by its leadership,” said the petition’s initiator, Thom Carnevale.
Eighty five towns, cities and counties have passed similar initiatives, with another 50 pending in other communities, he said. In Colorado, Carnevale said after the meeting, the town of Nederland tried to pass something similar, but it died by one vote. Thus, Telluride has taken the lead, headlining the statewide movement as it gets in line with such anti-administration hotbeds as Berkeley, Calif., and Cambridge, Mass., but Carnevale said Durango has also entered the race to be the first.
“Our silence will betoken public consent,” he told the council, which in turn passed the item without any further talk. While a few who were at the meeting for reasons other than national politics may have been squirming in their seats as Bush was rhetorically roasted for his “paranoid delusions … inspired by the Crusades,” as McLean put it, their own opinions on the administration, or on the practicality of a local action for a global issue, also remained silent.
“I was really taken aback that they didn’t send it to the voters,” Carnevale said after the meeting. “They seemed really ready to pass it.”

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