While I hope that you, gentle reader, hum/ whistle/ sing this little ditty as you wait your turn at the coffee machine at the office or as you wash your breakfast dishes, some 46 protesters chanting the above slogan were arrested on Monday after they refused to leave a U.S. lawmaker’s office and adjoining hallway, Common Dreams informs us. Did they behave like naughty children when they didn’t leave after being told to do so?
The lawmaker in question is Congressman John Conyers Jr. from Michigan who supports a national effort calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney — or so one thought. Reading David Swanson’s report about what went on when Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood met and talked with Conyers, what led to their arrest wasn’t just disobedience or protest. It must have been caused by profound disappointment. Conyers was the author of the 2006 report The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retributions and Cover-ups in the Iraq War, a collection of evidence about the continuous lies and deceptions committed by the Bush Administration in connection with the war in Iraq. And only a few days ago, Conyers announced that if three more Congress Members get behind impeachment he will start the impeachment proceedings (bringing the number to 17).
No wonder the activists who talked with him in his office were shocked by his apparent turn-around: “if he were to do that [moving forward on impeachment] Fox News would go after him and accuse him of being partisan”, and that he wasn’t “going to play politics”, he told them. Why he’s changed his mind is anybody’s guess, but unless he’s changing it again he’ll lose all credibility.