Global Research, October 22, 2007
“Impeach Bush” Playing Card decks sent to every member of Congress
Citing 54 reasons to impeach the President, creator says “Mission Accomplished”
Chicago, IL (DU) October 16, 2007
With a 75% disapproval rating and millions of Americans demanding for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, it was only a matter of time until someone took the Pentagon’s “Most Wanted” card concept and turned it on the administration itself. Released last month, the “Royal Flush: Impeach Bush Now” playing card deck lists 54 reasons to impeach the president and remove him from office for high crimes and misdemeanors against the Constitution and the United States.
Created by filmmaker and political satirist Jerry Vasilatos, the concept behind his “Royal Flush: Impeach Bush Now” playing card deck is simple. Using the example set forth by the Pentagon in their “Iraqi Deck of Death”, which was distributed to troops at the beginning of the war and meant to assist them in identifying Iraqi war criminals, Vasilatos has chosen 54 of the most egregious misdeeds of the Bush administration and assigned each one to a card. Ranging from the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina, to issues of civil liberty abuse, torture and the War in Iraq, Vasilatos can’t imagine anyone looking at the decks and wondering why impeachment proceedings HAVEN’T yet begun.
“This is probably the last gasp of my political playing card series, if these were movies they’d be a trilogy” he says with irony. “After seeing how successfully I could try to spread awareness with my previous card decks identifying hypocritical pro-war figures with the “Deck of Republican Chickenhawks” and reasons not to re-elect Bush prior to the ’04 election with the “House of Cards: Deck of Bush”, it made sense that I had to see things through compiling a list of everything the President has done to betray our country’s ideals and present them in the playing card format to make sure there’s a record from which to demand accountability.”
To drive the point home, Vasilatos undertook the expense of sending a deck of cards to every member of congress with the following message:
When our service men and women were sent to Iraq (on a lie), the Pentagon issued playing card decks to the troops identifying Iraq’s “Most Wanted”, because as the Pentagon explained “the best way to out the enemy, was to depict them on a deck of cards.”
America is facing another enemy, this time from within, and the enclosed playing card deck not only identifies that enemy, but lists the top 54 reasons to impeach President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors against this country, it’s citizens, and our Constitution.
When you took the oath of office as a member of Congress, you swore and affirmed to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign AND domestic.
What’s taking you so long defending it against the lies and crimes of the Bush and Cheney administration?
It’s not enough to say that “history will judge this administration”. When history does judge it for it’s crimes, it will judge you and your colleagues as well for failing in your duty to protect this country from the crimes of this administration as you swore you would when you took your oath of office.
The excuse that impeachment will take too long and waste precious time is a farce. It took 6 months to impeach President Nixon for obstruction of justice regarding a burglary. It took 4 months to impeach President Clinton over a personal matter that Congress had no business in aside from an attempt at political character assassination. Neither president’s crimes came remotely close to the crimes and deceptions of the Bush Administration that have cost thousands of lives, sacrificed our country’s standing and reputation in the international community and exercised a complete disregard for human rights and the dignity of American troops and Iraqi civilians. For any of you to shrug your responsibility in filing articles of impeachment so that history has a record that an effort was made to halt this assault on our country and our civil liberties is tantamount to treason.
President Theodore Roosevelt said: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else”
Do your duty as true patriots. Acquaint yourself with every documented fact in this card deck. Then put impeachment BACK ON THE TABLE and remove this thug masquerading as our commander-in-chief before the damage he and his administration have caused cannot be undone. It is not only your responsibility but your DUTY. Your legacy, as well as this country’s, depends on it.”
“It’s the least I could do in trying to send the message home since the majority of Americans feel like our cries are falling on deaf ears” Vasilatos says. “Hopefully this might aid in getting their attention since we gave them a mandate for a reason.”
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Elizabeth Kucinich with northeast impeachment coalition
Speaking at the New Hampshire Democratic debate in Hanover NH. with representatives from NEIC.org. About the need to streamline house res 333 and choose 2-3 unrefutable impeachable items for a revised bill.
h/t: After Downing Street