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February 22, 2007

Unfinished Post that will remain unfinished – Senator Oemig resolution

Filed under: Local Issue,Politics — Tags: , , , — wally @ 5:24 am

This post is unfinished but I felt it had enough information to have some worth and I am running short on time.

A few days ago I wrote about Senate Joint Memorial 8016, a resolution to investigate impeaching President Bush that was backed locally by Senator Spanel. At the end of my post I asked the question of who really wrote the resolution, Fellowship of Reconciliation’s or Senator Eric Oemig? Here is what I came up, with arranged chronologically. They are only excerpts so you can click the links if you want everything.

10/09/06 – Daily Kos – Linking Impeachment Groups – Now With Links

Linking Impeachment Groups – Now With Linksby gmoke
Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 07:06:12 PM PST
I got this message through the grapevine. It is an attempt to link together and consolidate the local campaigns working on impeaching the Bush Gang.

“Hello from Bellevue Washington,
At Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation, we are petitioning online
and on paper, to impeach President Bush. . .
“We at EFOR have about 10,000 signatures in the Seattle area already.
Our objective is to create a database…

Thank you for standing up to impeach President Bush, a highly
principled campaign that addresses the outrage and concern of people
across the political spectrum. Our numbers are growing.

Thank you,

Linda Boyd
Michael Johnson
Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation

1/27/07 –Seattle Activism

Free film: Articles of Impeachment Sat. Jan 27, 1-3 p.m. 2007

This is an opportunity to become more informed about our Constitution, the Iraq War,Organize for impeachment through the WA. State Legislature, and to participate in a national dialogue about the future of our country. The Fellowship of Reconciliation is the grandmother of all Peace groups, founded in 1914.

Eastside FOR will lead a round table discussion, and we will hear from people already working for impeachment. Join others in launching a three month campaign to pass an impeachment resolution in the Washington State Legislature!

GOOD NEWS: State Senator Eric Oemig came to our last meeting to support us, and promised to sponsor our resolution to impeach in the WA State Senate!

offered in peace,

2/1/07Democracy for New Mexico

We are pursuing a resolution to impeach throught the Washington State Legislature now. State Senator Eric Oemig will sponsor the resolution in the WA State Senate.

Please tell me where I can find the full text of the NM resolution.
Linda Boyd
Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation
Posted by: Linda Boyd | Feb 1, 2007 7:51:01 PM
Here’s the NM impeachment resolution.
You might also want to read through our impeachment post archive.
Good luck with your effort in Washington State! What we need is a similar effort in EVERY state.
Posted by: barb | Feb 1, 2007 8:07:51 PM

2/8/07-Seattle Times – Legislature to debate Iraq war?

State Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland, wants the Legislature to have a say on the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Oemig told me he is working on a joint memorial that would, at least, call for an investigation of the financial aspects of the war and occupation.

I called Oemig to ask him about the war because of a press release we got today from the Eastside Fellowship For Reconciliation. It went a bit further than what Oemig told me, with the headline saying:


Oemig said he’ll be at an event organized by the group Saturday in Bellevue.

He said he’s been working with “quite a few” other senators on the measure.

2/11/07 – Portland Independent Media Center

Speaking at a packed house in Bellevue, Washington on Feburary 10th at an event sponsored by the Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation,

Yesterday, State Senator Eric Oemig announced his intention to submit a joint memorial to the Washington State Legislature asking Congress to investigate the serious allegations of abuses of power by the President, Vice President and others in the Bush administration

Senator Oemig is still working on the language with others in the legislature but is modeled after the resolution submitted by Senators in the New Mexico legislature a few weeks ago.

2/14/07 – After Downing Street

Washington State is one of several states racing to see which will be first to send the U.S. House of Representatives a petition to impeach Bush and Cheney.

State Senator Eric Oemig, on February 14, 2007, introduced a resolution (PDF) calling on the Washington State Legislature to petition the U.S. House. Please thank him: oemig.eric@leg.wa.gov

The following Senators have cosponsored: Harriet Spanel, Darlene Fairley, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Margarita Prentice, Karen Fraser, Debbie Regala, Claudia Kauffman and Adam Kline.

If you’re from Washington, you can sign up to get involved by…

signing this petition for impeachment.

You can also get involved at:

Sponsored by Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation, working with a coalition of peaceful patriots for impeachment.

2/14/07 – Fellowship of Reconciliation Website

The memorial to investigate for impeachment was introduced in the Washington State Senate on February 14, 2007. It was introduced by Senator Eric Oemig and co-sponsored by 8 Senators, please contact them and thank them for standing up for our country right now. It is so important to give these people the support they need to carry on this important work. These people are heroes.

Sen. Eric Oemig – sponsor oemig.eric@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Harriet Spanel – spanel.harriet@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Darlene Fairley – fairley.darlene@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles – kohl-welles.jeanne@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Margarita Prentice – prentice.margarita@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Karen Fraser – fraser.karen@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Debbie Regala – regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Claudia Kauffman – kauffman.claudia@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Adam Kline – kline.adam@leg.wa.gov

2/20/07 – Bellingham Herald – Spanel backs impeachment inquiry

A local legislator has partnered with other Washington state senators to urge the U.S. Congress to begin an impeachment investigation…

The resolution, written by state Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland and co-sponsored by eight other senators, states that Bush and his administration knowingly sold the Iraq war to Americans using false information and that Congress has a duty to investigate the issue.

Spanel said she believes that merely introducing the bill has started discussions.

“I think because some people have taken extreme views on both ends, it’s an issue that doesn’t get discussed rationally,” she said.

2/22.07 – Today

Writing this post I realize how much information there is to absorb even if you don’t hit any of the links. Since I was interested in the background of the resolution I broke everything down into one liners.

-Eric Oemig… …promised to sponsor our resolution
-where I can find the full text of the NM resolution
-Oemig told me he is working on a joint memorial
-he’s been working with “quite a few” other senators
-Oemig is still working on the language with others in the legislature
-but is modeled after the resolution submitted by Senators in the New Mexico
-Senator Eric Oemig, on February 14, 2007, introduced a resolution
-The resolution, written by state Sen. Eric Oemig

It is becoming more clear. Within about 3 weeks the resolution morphed being the Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliations(EFOR) resolution to being written by Senator Eric Oemig.

So as liberal minds jump on to support the bill are they supporting Senator Oemig or EFOR.

I believe the answer is EFOR and therefore it is worth looking into what is motivating them.

Looking at EFOR’s site I see that they are an old group as stated, with roots going back almost a hundred years. On their dedicated impeachment page, it is readily seen that they are part of an international Fellowship of Reconciliation group. But I also see a list of endorsers of this project.

Links to endorsers:
Impeach Bush.tv
911 Visibility Project
Send a student to DC
World Can’t Wait
VFP 92
VFP 153

I immediately see a couple of red flags.

Veteran’ for Peace who are part of the United for Peace and Justice/Whatcom Peace and Justice Center anti-US group. If you don’t recognize these groups you can do a search of my posts and you’ll find plenty.

World Can’t Wait is a group with about as strong of an anti-US and communist connection as they come check out my World Can’t Wait -Drive out the Bush Regime post

Send a Student to DC?? links to an impeachment site.

Also a red flag is Eastside FOR’s following the 4 articles of impeachment and sample resolution provided Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) CCR is a 40 year old legal group that uses litigation to further the progressive/communist cause. They are also a member of United for Peace and Justice.

As I said up top this post is unfinished. But the gist of it can be seen. I have some serious questions about whether Senator Oemig wrote the impeachment investigation. I think he has a responsibility to publicly name the sponsors and endorsers and I think that all the sign on Senators have some explaining regarding their support for anti-Us communist driven legislation.

And lastly I agree with Senator Spanel,

“some people have taken extreme views on both ends”

Some are extremely supportive of our nation and others like supporters of this legislation are extremely against our nation.


  1. An interesting chronology, I hope this helps you out.

    After hearing from constituents, I went to Senate leadership and colleagues to ask their advice about how to respond to this issue. To make a long story short, I decided a joint memorial was appropriate and I wrote the first draft to be short and sweet – a moderate and non-partisan petition that could easily be read and understood.

    I showed the draft to friends, my wife, staff and colleagues for feedback. The most common suggestion was to add more background content. I went back to the drawing board and decided to leverage language from NM and MN. (It is a only a coincidence that they are anagrams.)

    One line that survived, unmodified from my first draft to the final is this:

    “If the President and/or members of his administration committed such offenses, ignoring these offenses would undermine core American values of truth and justice”

    I am proud of the result. It was truly a group effort. It is short, sweet, moderate and non-partisan, and can be easily read and understood.

    I hope this helps.

    Comment by Eric Oemig — February 22, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  2. I appreciate hearing the straight poop. I had a couple of email comments also pointing out that the text didn’t look very similar. My email responses included this paragraph:

    I realize the 2 documents are not the same, but one beauty of a blog is that it isn’t a court room. I’m just sharing information that I’ve found and offering my personal opinion on the subject.

    Most laws, resolutions bills etc. start with passion and the lawmaker molds the language to fit our legal structure. So maybe there is no direct proofread and correct path from one to another, but in this case and I think in most cases, it is the inspiration that counts the most. The Democrat platform says they are going to pursue impeachment, yet Oemig, was inspired to do what other Democrats in the state didn’t. Why was it Spanel signing on with Oemig versus the other way around? Because no other Democrat followed through on the platform. Only Oemig did. I wonder why? Was it just him or was there something different and/or unique about his motivation?

    I am really looking at the motivation not the wording. There are a pretty consistent 3 or 4 points. Anyway you write it I would expect them to be similar, though not exact.

    What caught my eye on this was that EFOR claimed you were sponsoring their resolution and elsewhere I saw it reported that you wrote the resolution. So I wonder whether they were overstating their involvement? And I wonder how much motivation their group provided?

    As you might have guessed I am very much against anything that has to do with impeachment. But I am more against socialist groups using this war to forward their agenda.

    Regardless of your motivation and the fact that we disagree on this, I do much respect you for being straight forward on this.


    Comment by Wally — February 22, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

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