Nancy Calls for Impeachment: Meet the Winner!

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August 9th marked the 33rd anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation in the face of impeachment. To commemorate the occasion, we launched the Dump Dick video contest to encourage people to think about the historical parallels between Dick Nixon and Dick Cheney, and to question some of the specious arguments currently being made against impeachment (e.g. that it would be bad for the country, take too long, or prevent Congress from accomplishing other important work). None of these things held true in 1974, and they would even less so now.

17 videos were submitted to our Dump Dick YouTube group making the case for the impeachment of Dick Cheney on this basis. Five finalists tied for the highest user ratings on YouTube and then the overall winner was determined by a runoff vote on the Democrats.com site. The winning video, Nancy Calls for Impeachment, depicts an imaginary telephone conversation between Nancy Pelosi and a friend (played by the video’s creator—student, activist-musician, and first-time filmmaker Jen Datka). The friend explains to Nancy that the reason she’s so unpopular is her “failure to hold accountable the most dangerous, criminal, and morally bankrupt administration this country has ever known.” She then cites the historical example of Richard Nixon to allay Nancy’s fears about impeachment.



Jen said to me, "It was great to see so many intelligent and talented people get involved with this contest. I think the creativity evident in all the video entries will be a powerful weapon against Bush and Cheney and help bring these evil-doers to justice at last." For her own creativity Jen is being awarded the first place prize of $1,000 from Democrats.com. Congratulations Jen! Here's a bit more about Jen in her own words:



Jen raises some terrific points in her conversation with "Nancy"--points that the real Nancy needs to hear and respond to. And not just Nancy, but her friends in Congress too. What are your creative ideas for how to make that happen? Do you have other ideas for using the Nancy video to further the cause of impeachment? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

In close second was Dick Cheney’s Jury by Kevin D'Haeze. The video juxtaposes footage of Dick Cheney and Richard Nixon over an ominous soundtrack, reminding viewers that the only way to stop Nixon was through impeachment, and that we can exercise that option with Dick Cheney as well.



Here's more from Kevin:

I've been involved in film making for about ten years. Back in 2000, I became dismayed by the fiasco that was the election, and like many had a tainted view and a bad taste in my mouth. I knew from the get-go that something "wasn't right" with the Bush team. Over the years, I watched the scandals unfold, and the mind-numbing spin factory that the Bush administration put together. In the media, what seemed to me as cut-and-dry instigators to impeachment somehow got watered down to near oblivion by the time the story pushed its way through a Paris Hilton expose or a Michael Jackson trial. At some point I think everyone asks themselves, "what can I do about it?". With a family and career, time can be a valuable commodity, but I felt compelled at least to add my voice to the chorus of those who chose to stand up to the abuses from the Bush administration. So, I started creating videos on YouTube as a way to "vent my frustrations" and in some way help persuade some sanity back in this country. They are generally hurriedly assembled, but I try to get a solid message out there. To be honest, what pleases me most in this contest is the knowledge that thousands of people have taken two minutes out of their day to watch my video and hopefully solidify in their own mind that change is necessary, appropriate, and entirely possible. It is the technological equivalent of standing on top of a mountain and screaming for some political accountability.

When I started creating "Dick Cheney's Jury", the premise seemed simple... "Nixon was a crook, Cheney is a crook. Show it and say it"... right? But after compiling the shots to build into the television sets, it was clearer than ever that what Cheney did to America is far more damaging than anything Nixon wielded. We shouldn't be afraid to take action... we should be afraid of NOT taking action.

Some of my talents revolve around the film making business, so I do what I can. I ask others to draw from their own talents in a similar way to determine how they, too, can bring about the real change that we need in this country. It's not just about being angry, it's about being right for America. And the Bush team is definitely hurting the foundation of America. We have to ask ourselves; do we want to apologize to our kids years from now, when it's too late? Or, do we want to do the right thing, right now?

Democrats.com will be sending Kevin a check for $500 in recognition of his own actions for impeachment.

The two other finalists were The History of Nixon and the Future of Cheney, by peacetakescourage and Ghost of Nixon by headzup.


The History of Nixon and the Future of Cheney


The Ghost of Nixon

Honorable Mention goes to Dump Dick by eblumrich, who qualified as a finalist but withdrew.



And Special Mention goes to Comeuppance, by citizentwain, which was submitted too late to make the finals but which would have qualified and we think is excellent.



We'd like to thank everybody who participated in the contest. We hope you had fun and would love to hear your suggestions for other creative ways to spread the message of impeachment using these videos!

Comments

The Fourth Reich/Neo-Con Agenda

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I think the following article I found on Alex Jones' website http://www.infowars.com/ will make anyone with a brain realize why this whole Administration must be impeached!! See below excerpt: POLICE STATE Neo-Cons: Make Bush Dictator Of The World Maniacal right-wing Family Security Matters organization, which has ties to Cheney, Rumsfeld and Perle, carries screed that calls for Bush to declare martial law, become emperor of the planet, lifetime president, and ethnically cleanse Iraq by means Charlie C. Dallas TX

How to make Nancy Pelosi take notice

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This is VERY simple. Start a recall petition for her and Harry Reid, and get large number of signatures! Start the process, and then support another candidate to replace her, like Cindy Shehan.

Tell Nancy WHY she is going to be replaced and put her job on the line. This may make a bigger impression than those who give her BIG CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS aka BRIBES (ie. the same people who give the Republicans their contributions). Immeadiate loss of her position in disgrace MAY overcome greed about bribes!

Start it NOW.

JB

I second the motion - where

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I second the motion - where is the petition?

If Nancy Doesn't Impeach WE THE PEOPLE Will Impeach After 2008

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Surprises Lurk in 2008 Congressional Elections

Weekend Edition Saturday, August 18, 2007 · While much of the nation's attention is focused on the presidential race, the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate are also up for election in 2008.

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) announced Friday that he will not seek another term in office, just one of a series of moves that could affect the shape of Congress after the elections.

Scott Simon talks with David Wasserman of The Cook Report http://www.cookpolitical.com/, nonpartisan group that has its sights trained on all elections at all times, about what's brewing for 2008.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12899506

Nancy Pelosi has to be DLC as is Steny Hoyer, so they are protecting the president. ALL DLC are for corporate globalization which is destroying 70% of the general population leaving only 3 different populations, the Elite Capitalists, the Professionals and the General Population. The "middle class" the DLC members talk about is not any member of the general population, but the Professionals.

The DLC is keeping a low profile now so as to deceive the population before the election, but some prominent DLC members can be found at this website:

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1463

DO NOT VOTE ANY DLC MEMBER INTO OFFICE TO REPRESENT THE GENERAL POPULATION -- DLC MEMBERS DO NOT REPRESENT THE GENERAL POPULATION. Do not fall for the DLC rhetoric of helping the "middle class" as the DLC consider themselves the middle class.

 

 

Our Constitution: defend it or lose it!

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Please call the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi [(202) 225-0100 AND http://www.speaker.gov/contact/] and demand that she fulfill her oath to defend the Constitution by putting the impeachment of Bush and Cheny on the table. By the way: even if Bush is impeached and Cheney somehow escapes the same well-deserved fate, it is still important to demonsttrate that the country insists on constitutional justice. Don't worry if we have a brief Cheney administration: nothing would change! We've had a Cheney administration all along, so having him come out of the shadows would simply make it easier to control him. If Bush escapes impeachment, future presidents will look back on his administration as precedent for even further subversion of our Constitution. Our democracy is at risk!! Thank you.

I have

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One can only conclude that she doesn't give a rat's ass like the rest of the pompus swine that have absconded with our Congress and violate our constitution.   

Nancy Pelosi

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I think Ms. Pelosi has let us down; all that talk of impeachment prior to the election seems to have only been talk. As I am sure you know, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, she would be next in line for President, after the Vice President. I am thinking she doesn't want the job of President. Maybe that is why she has lost interest in pursuing the impeachment process for Bush and Chaney. I recently emailed she and advised if she would not want the job she could resign as Speaker of the House and let someone else be in line for it.

Jimmyc

These are all great videos.

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These are all great videos. I feel that anyone who expect things to get done with such a small majority in both houses were really deluded. The reality of the matter is until we Democrats get veto proof majority in the Senate, nothing will get done.

I AGREE. MV

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I AGREE. MV

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Democrats?

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I wish that text or captioning would be made available for us Deaf and Hard of Hearing Democrats. I know it is not easy to get captions embedded in some of these smaller operations, but if there would be a way to see a script associated with the video, that would be great.

Jen and Nancy

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Note to Nancy - Impeach or we REVOLT

Note to Jen - awesome film! awesome lady! (yes I'm making a pass)

Nancy

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Continue emailing video attachments, thereby overloading her email storage capacity. Keep doing it until she does what she was elected to do: Impeach the bastards! :)

IMPEACHMENT

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WHILE I AGREE THAT THE POTUS,THE VICE POTUS AND CONDI SHOULD BE IMPEACHED; I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO GIVE OUR LEADERS TIME TO BRING BACK THE COUNTRY TO A BETTER STANDING. I DON'T THINK THAT RECALLS AT THIS JUNCTURE WOULD BE PRACTICAL AND SUCCESSFUL. WE SHOULD ALL WRITE TO THE LEADERS AND JUSTIFY THE IMPEACHMENT FOR DIFFERENT REASONS: MAINLY THE DEATH AND INJURIES OF OUR TROOPS, THE IRAQ WAR AND PRINCIPALLY, THE LIES USED TO GET TO INVADE IRAQ. AND WHILE AT IT, INDICT POWELL, RUMSFELD AND HIS CREW. THANKS