Playing With Us and With People's Lives - Transcript of Conyers

By David Swanson,, July 25, 2007

Last Friday, Congressman John Conyers spoke in San Diego. Here's a transcript:

CONYERS: Now, let me close with this one suggestion, is that I need some Members of Congress to come to me and say Mr Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I heard you were out in San Diego, and they really put it to you, and you made commitments that we don't know if you were just saying, saying something to get out of that hotel alive or were you, or were you serious and here's what we need to do. We need to have three Members of Congress from anywhere come and say, "Congressman, if you... if you are willing to support an inquiry into a resolution of whether there had been acts of impeachability conducted by, the Vice President of, and the President of the
United States, that could lead to High Crimes and Misdemeanors, then we will join you if you introduce such a resolution."

SPECTATOR: With House Resolution 333, you have that right now, do you not?

CONYERS: No, I, I, this is something that we are working on right now. We don't have it right now.

SPECTATOR: We do have House Resolution 333.

CONYERS: I'm talking about more. Look. And so let us, let us see how many people would be willing to back us up, in addition to the ones --

SPECTATOR: Maxine Waters.

CONYERS: Let, let us, let us stay in close communication. These are decisions that should not be taken lightly. We have, I want to examine and put forward as we move along a close, critical examination of all of the benefits and the costs involved in making this momentous decision. It's easy to say that this is an easy, this is a no brainer, the logic is all on one side, and I wish that were so. If it were so, you would be here congratulating me for doing what you had been asking me and others to do for so long. So let's think soberly about it. There is no, let's say, now is the
time and we don't have to worry about the future. I, with due respect, disagree with
that. I have to think about the future. I have to weigh what this, the impact of this is going to be. And, by the way, you probably know, that there is such a thing as the retroactive impeachment process.

SPECTATORS: No, what's that? Tell us more.

CONYERS: If you introduced the resolution of impeachment after the person is gone.

SPECTATOR: Really? Wow!

CONYERS: When, I just, I just want you to know about all of the things. I am so glad that Bill Moyers did what he did. Those CDs and, we have to, print, and we want everybody to listen to them carefully and think seriously on this matter.

Here's the video:

On Monday, in Washington D.C., Conyers told a group of citizens that he had no interest in pursuing impeachment. He had 45 of them arrested for sitting in his office.

Opposing impeachment when the case is so clear is bad enough. But toying with us about it amounts to playing with people's lives. Every day that Conyers holds off on impeachment, people die as a result of Cheney and Bush's crimes.

It is for the best that the sit-in on Monday has exposed the truth of Conyers' position. We can now all stop saying "He wants impeachment and will do it very soon," as so many people have been saying for the past 7 months. That deception leads to apathy. We can now say "He opposes impeachment and will do it as soon as we force him and his colleagues to do their jobs." That understanding leads to activism.

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