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January 25, 2007

Librarians reject call for Bush impeachment

Posted by David Postman at 7:52 AM

Delegates at the Seattle conference of the American Library Association defeated a resolution calling for impeachment of President George Bush. Seattle librarian Lynn Lorenz, an active supporter of the resolution, said there was a move to rule it "outside the purview of the ALA" and avoid all debate. But after some yelling, it was brought up for consideration before the ALA Council, debated, and rejected.

Lorenz reported by e-mail last night:

Many ALA Councilors who spoke against the Resolution felt compelled to preface their opinion with comments like, "I hate Bush more than anybody." But the Resolution is not about hating Bush, it's about STOPPING Bush! It's about whether you allow a president, any president, to stay in office who, by any legal and moral standards, is subverting the Constitution and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that are unprecedented in the history of this country. Those of us who brought this Resolution, and the dozen or so Councilors who voted to adopt it, believe the ALA has a social responsibility to take a decisive position aimed at reversing these grave abuses of our core values.

They'll try again in six months when the ALA meets in D.C.

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