Vermonters say 'Yes' to impeachment

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In the quaint country community of Newfane, Vermont (near the socialist, Volvo-driving summer camp of my youth), residents have voted overwhelmingly to support impeachment proceedings against George Bush.

Interestingly enough, the town was named for Thomas Fane, "supporter of a 16th-century movement to dethrone Queen Mary." So you can see where the inspiration came from...

The town voted 121-29 for a resolution which, according to John Nichols, states:

Whereas George W. Bush has:
  1. Misled the nation about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction;
  2. Misled the nation about ties between Iraq and Al Quaeda;
  3. Used these falsehoods to lead our nation into war unsupported by international law;
  4. Not told the truth about American policy with respect to the use of torture; and
  5. Has directed the government to engage in domestic spying, in direct contravention of U.S. law.
Therefore, the voters of the town of Newfane ask that our representative to the U.S. House of Representatives file articles of impeachment to remove him from office.
Though Vermont's rep Bernie Sanders calls impeachment "impractical" due to Republican control of congress, other towns are chiming in:
"The surprise came from neighboring communities where, inspired by Newfane's example, citizens demanded that their town meetings address the issue. At least three other Vermont towns -- Dummerston, Marlboro and Putney – voted for impeachment resolutions Tuesday night. Dummerston and Putney in floor votes, while Marlboro voted by paper ballot 60-10 for impeachment."

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