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Brookline Town Meeting: Live the Controversy!

Well, this should prove interesting.

As many of you know, I'm an elected member of Brookline Town Meeting. I've represented precinct 9 since 2001. I'm up for re-election this year, but since there are five incumbents running for five slots with no challengers, I'm pretty sure I'll be in Town Meeting again when we meet in May.

Brookline Town Meeting has a tradition of passing resolutions on national issues. While serving in Town Meeting, I have voted on issues such as the invasion of Iraq and the Patriot Act. There are some in town who feel that Town Meeting has no business voting on such resolutions, but there are many others who feel we have a right to do so. In fact, Brookline is not unique in passing such resolutions. During the build up to the Iraq war over three years ago, many towns all over the country passed resolutions against the invasion. And it got to the point where even the Chicago and New York City Councils passed similar resolutions. (In the end, of course, the federal government did not listen to those resolutions, and we have recently passed the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.)

But getting back to Town Meeting. The warrant for the Annual Town Meeting that starts on May 23 has just been posted, so naturally I went to take a look. I was curious to know what we'd be voting on this time around.

So I'm scrolling down the page, past the usual stuff about funds, special appropriations, the budget, off-leash areas for dogs...when I reach the penultimate article and stop short:


ARTICLE 31
To see if the Town will adopt the following resolution:

A Resolution in Support of the Impeachment of President George W. Bush

Whereas, President George W. Bush has repeatedly violated his oath of office by failing to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, in particular by directing and countenancing numerous violations of the Constitution and Laws of the United States, and by purposely misleading the citizens of the nation so as to cause the United States to commence war in Iraq; therefore be it

Resolved, that this Town Meeting urges our Representative in Congress to introduce and/or support a resolution impeaching President George W. Bush; and be it further

Resolved, that the Town Clerk send notice of the adoption of this resolution to all members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation within two weeks of its adoption.

or act on anything relative thereto.


As I said above, this is going to be interesting. Five towns in Vermont -- Newfane, Marlboro, Putney, Dummerston, and Brookfield -- have already passed resolutions calling for Bush's impeachment, and Brattleboro, Vermont is planning to vote on impeachment this Saturday. I can't help but wonder how far this is going to go.

Final note: I am NOT inviting debate on this article here in my blog. But feel free to discuss the meta-issue if you so wish.

Comments

(Anonymous)

Our city wouldn't go for it...

In my California town, our city council wouldn't adopt a resolution calling to bring the troups home, some councilmembers and townsfolk in the letters to the editor claiming it wasn't appropriate for a City council to be voting on national issues. Ironically, though, this resolution was less about what people in our town think about what's going on in Washington than a plea to bring back the national guard. We live in Earthquake country, and having the national guard out of town is not exactly something that makes us feel safe....

I think that cities have been passing such resolutions for a long time, what should stop them from doing it now? And if a city in Kansas wants to pass a resolution about how great a job Bush is doing, more power to them!

-- Dan Wood

Re: Our city wouldn't go for it...

I'd be curious to see if any towns pass resolutions supporting Bush. Back when many towns passed resolutions against the Iraq war, I can't recall any towns passing resolutions in favor. Of course, often the same people who would have favored the war are also opposed to town resolutions on principle, so it doesn't necessarily mean that there weren't town councils that would have come out in support if pushed to do so.
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