Dr Zinn writes in The Progressive, February 2007
Courage is in short supply in Washington, D.C. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow of a government that is criminally responsible for death, mutilation, torture, humiliation, chaos. But all we hear in the nationâ€™s capital, which is the source of those catastrophes, is a whimper from the Democratic Party, muttering and nattering about â€œunityâ€ and â€œbipartisanship,â€ in a situation that calls for bold action to immediately reverse the present courseâ€¦.
The Declaration of Independence, revered as a document but ignored as a guide to action, needs to be read from pulpits and podiums, on street corners and community radio stations throughout the nation. Its words, forgotten for over two centuries, need to become a call to action for the first time since it was read aloud to crowds in the early excited days of the American Revolution: â€œWhenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government.â€â€¦
The time is right, then, for a national campaign calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Representative John Conyers, who held extensive hearings and introduced an impeachment resolution when the Republicans controlled Congress, is now head of the House Judiciary Committee and in a position to fight for such a resolution. He has apparently been silenced by his Democratic colleagues who throw out as nuggets of wisdom the usual political palaver about â€œrealismâ€ (while ignoring the realities staring them in the face) and politics being â€œthe art of the possibleâ€ (while setting limits on what is possible)â€¦
Impeachment hearings all over the country could excite and energize the peace movement. They would make headlines, and could push reluctant members of Congress in both parties to do what the Constitution provides for and what the present circumstances demand: the impeachment and removal from office of George Bush and Dick Cheney. Simply raising the issue in hundreds of communities and Congressional districts would have a healthy effect, and would be a sign that democracy, despite all attempts to destroy it in this era of war, is still alive.