Hamilton suggests in Federalist 65 that by its very nature impeachment calls for a political decision of the highest order. He says that the subjects of impeachment:
“… are those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.” (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 65)
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has reportedly described Obama’s blatantly vindictive handling of the current curtailment of U.S. government activities as “thuggery,” involving actions that rise to the level of “impeachable offenses.” Though it comes in the course of what amounts to “political theater” from the leadership on both sides of the sham partisan divide, Bachmann’s description of Obama’s actions corresponds quite literally to Hamilton’s above quoted definition of the nature of impeachment.
Obama aims to mobilize public resentment against the GOP. But as a simple matter of fact, on account of the federal structure of America’s republic, the state and local governments take care of things like the daily maintenance of law and order. Private-sector enterprises take care of food and other vital necessities of daily life. So the shutdown of the federal government has little immediate impact on the daily lives of those Americans not directly employed by the U.S. government. How long would it be before Americans started to smart from lack of the services the U.S. government provides?
What if the “pain” tarries? What if it fails to reach a threshold intense and widespread enough to rouse widespread anxiety? People might be tempted to conclude that the U.S. government’s activities don’t matter nearly as much as the politicians (for their own political purposes) pretend they do. This might open many eyes to the fact that the politicians and their patrons and hangers-on are the main beneficiaries of the federal government’s expenditures.
So many people still gulled by the charade of welfare-state politics might begin to suspect that the “welfare state” is a falsely charitable façade. It spawns an oligarchy not unlike the leisured “aristocrats” of old. Behind it most people are returned to the status of serfs, working to sustain an elite class active only in its own interest. The prerogatives of this class include the right to live off the fat, and force their vices on the innocence, of the body politic. Meanwhile they provide nothing in return for this public tribute save the appearance of leadership in endless the wars and crises they foment to serve their own ambitions. The people generally suffer the lesions, cankers and sores produced by this parasitic syndrome until the pain of it causes them to strike out, like wounded animals cornered into a desperate counterattack.
The political features of America’s constitutional republic were meant to break this cycle, in which long bouts of mercurial despotism alternate with arrogant, elitist oppression and violent, reactionary mobocracy. Periodic elections by the people, as a whole and as distributed in suitable divisions (such as America’s states and congressional districts), provide legislative bodies with elected officials who are supposed to represent the constituents of the body politic. These representatives are supposed constantly to regulate, monitor and direct the activities of the chosen few entrusted with the power to enforce and implement the laws and policies of government. They are supposed to do so in order to assure that this power is employed to secure the rights and properties of the people, as individuals and on the whole.
When, at the national level, such power is employed instead to serve the ambition and vices of the chosen few and their various coteries, the U.S. Constitution allows the people, through their elected representatives in Congress, to act decisively against these abuses by constitutional means. They are not supposed to wait until the abuses are so brutal and widespread that their intolerable nature evokes the spirit of mobocracy, inspiring deadly conflict.
As I have noted elsewhere, a plethora of events in the years of Obama’s occupation of the White House warrant the conclusion that the U.S. government is presently in the hands of an elitist clique pursuing a strategy intended to make such abuses of power the permanent basis for government throughout the United States. Obama’s purposeful use of the shutdown as an excuse to inflict needless pain and inconvenience on the public is the most recent and easily sensationalized maneuver in this strategy, but it has been apparent in episodes of far greater consequence that illustrate the deadly, anti-American intentions of the elitist faction which the leadership of both the Democratic Party and the GOP now serves.
Given the political nature of these impeachable offenses, the constitutional remedy can only be implemented by and through a political response. Properly undertaken, an impeachment effort in the U.S. House of Representatives would be part of this response. But the people must mobilize themselves, as voters and in the election process, in order to achieve a result from impeachment that actually thwarts the immediate injuries being done to American society itself.
Given the complicity of the leadership in both the Democratic Party and the GOP, the present party sham will never allow the impeachment and removal of Obama and his collaborators to be the paramount theme of an election cycle. Both parties now depend for their institutional existence on their role in accessing and distributing the resources the U.S. government extorts from the people by taxation. They depend on convincing Americans that we cannot survive without the activities of the U.S. government, and terrorizing us with the hopes and fears that result from this carefully fomented delusion of dependency.
Nothing that is part of the two-party sham offers any prospect of rescuing our hope for liberty from the shackles of this delusion. No leader emerging in the context of that sham (including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, et al.) is anything but a Judas goat, fabricated to dissipate and uselessly defuse the well-intentioned political passions of Americans longing to restore and preserve our constitutional republic. At best they foment mobocratic outbreaks. But even when, by such outbreaks, the people seem for a moment to prevail, they only provide the searing heat in which scheming elitists forge and fasten upon them even more adamantine chains.
The only real hope is the willingness of the people to rediscover within themselves, for electoral purposes, the entrepreneurial spirit that is the alternative to mobocratic outbreaks. They must set for themselves a goal that puts every politician on the spot to aid in striking at the root of the threat to America’s liberty. They must organize themselves to impose that priority, at the polls, in the outcome of the next elections.
Do you have the entrepreneurial political spirit to implement an impeachment strategy for the 2014 elections? Read about it here and here, then email me at Loyal to Liberty and let your yes be yes for the restoration of American’s constitutional republic.