Weigh in with your thoughts…
I was looking at the HayWord blog today, and I didn’t see a way to post a new topic. Councilman Bill Quirk suggested that I post the following letter to your blog. He brought it up in City Council but couldn’t get enough votes to take action. I think you will agree that I point out the biggest problem facing Hayward today. And what’s amazing is that this problem is just about invisible to most Hayward residents.
Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
From: Jeff Syrop
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2008 4:37 PM
To: Mayor Michael Sweeney; Councilman Bill Quirk
Cc: Congressman Pete Stark
Subject: model resolution for Mayor Michael Sweeny and Councilman Bill Quirk
Hello Michael and Bill,
I ask you, would it have been worth it, in 1939 in Nazi Germany, for a local politician to spend all of his political energy fixing roads, improving libraries, and building new schools? Of course not. With foresight, a local politician living under that regime could have seen that within a few years, almost all of Germany would be pulverized by British and American bombs. When the kitchen is on fire, you don’t wash the dishes.
Bill Quirk, you talk down to me as if I were younger than you and as if you were the more knowledgeable man. You, like Pete Stark, claim to be “practical,” and you state that for a locality such as Hayward to deal with national and international concerns is a waste of time. Well, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong.
Nancy Pelosi, when she says “impeachment is off the table,” is not only wrong, but she’s breaking Constitutional law and breaking the oath to protect the Constitution that she swore when she took office. Honestly, when is the last time you read the whole Constitution, including our Bill of Rights? And when did you last read the whole Declaration of Independence? IF we are a nation of laws, then Bush should be arrested today. By the simple letter of the law, he is not only a criminal but THE most dangerous enemy of America. Please keep an open mind about impeaching Bush and Cheney. Even if unsuccessful, impeachment proceedings might tie their hands politically and make it impossible for them to attack Iran.
So I do realize that impeachment is probably impossible, since our Democrats in Congress are complicit in Bush/Cheney’s crimes. However, I think it is insane (literally, like washing the dishes when the kitchen is on fire) to ignore the problem of the Bush/Cheney government. For some reason–brainwashing? denial? mass psychosis–you and all the members of Hayward city government seem unaware that HAYWARD’S BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE BUSH/CHENEY GOVERNMENT.
What I am asking is that you, as representatives of me and of every sane, patriotic person in Hayward, let Hayward stand up and be counted among the hundreds of towns and cities that have passed impeachment resolutions. Further, I ask that Hayward join the few brave towns, such as Brattleboro, Vermont, that have actually made Bush and Cheney subject to arrest should they set foot in the town! Do you have the guts? Did you read JFK’s “Profiles in Courage” when you were young? (If not, I trust you will buy it and read it now–I consider it required reading in order for you or any political representative to do their job.)
Below are two good links to materials you can use to get started. It’s easy!
How to Get Your Town or City to Indict Bush and Cheney
A Guide to the Impeachment of George W Bush and Richard Cheney
Thanks to both of you. Please share this e-mail with your associates, and from now on, whenever you meet for City Council business or any other public meetings, please don’t fail to discuss the most important problem facing Hayward. Three billion dollars a week of borrowed money being squandered to destroy and subjugate people in Iraq is exactly equivalent to America bleeding to death right before your eyes. Crime, roads, and infrastructure can only get worse in Hayward if a huge piece of the tax taken out of my paycheck continues to go to the Pentagon. Germany was doomed by its people following Hitler. America will be doomed if we continue to follow Bush/Cheney and McCain. This is not some farfetched possibility, it is a fact.