Friday, February 1, 2008

Impeachment isn't the business of a village board?

I read this to the board at the January 14th meeting:

You say impeachment isn't the business of a village board. It seems to me that when we see our country in crisis because our young people are dying in foreign wars, because our fundamental constitutional rights are being revoked, because our economy is on the brink of disaster, because we are borrowing against future generations, when we witness all this, it is the business of all of us to do all that we can to return our country to the principles that it was founded upon. This is especially true of our leaders at every level of government.

We failed to pass the resolution on September 24th, but the meeting was not a failure, and not at all a waste of time for the board, and all who participated. No village board meeting has every been attended by so many members of the community. We talked about the most important issues of our time. Our village boards, and town councils, and county legislatures should be discussing the big picture, as well as the more narrowly focused issues that they deal with on a day to day basis. Our leaders ought to be helping to wake us up.

We are on the verge of a recession or depression, as evidenced by the falling value of real estate, the huge national debt, and the collapse of the dollar. This will have a real effect on Trumansburg. I'd like to see the board consider wether there is anything they can do, to put Trumansburg in a better position to weather the storm.

Our health care system is the most expensive in the world, but we rank 37th according to the World Health Organization. This is because, unlike all the other industrialized countries in the world, our system is run for profit. Our village board is considering entering into a relationship with a private, for profit billing company, and private for profit insurance companies to fund our ambulance/ems service which is currently tax payer funded. Why is there no discussion about the big picture? Why do they remain focused only on the potential to generate income?

Impeachment is not within the purview of the village board? If the Chief of the Trumansburg Fire Department was driving through Ithaca, and saw a house on fire, would he just drive on by and say " It's not in my purview'' ? Of course not. He would call for help.

We are allowing our government to wage illegal wars of choice, to torture detainees, to shred our Constituion, to turn the world against us, and allow our infrastructure to crumble. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention. We are way past the point of arguing about whose purview it is to consider impeachment. Impeachment is the tool we must use to return us to a place where we can once again be proud to be Americans.

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