“This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. … We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans. …”
– House Speaker John Boehner, July 28, 2014
We’re well aware that Barack Obama has committed impeachable offenses. He has indeed abused the powers of the executive branch, nullified separation of powers, as well as having bypassed Congress and legislated from the Oval Office.
There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the fact that most of the talk of impeachment lately has come from Democrats and others on the left, rather than Republicans. Conservative pundits and Republican lawmakers have accused Democrats of doing so in an effort to distract, raise campaign funds, or to dissuade Republicans from reacting decisively to any unilateral actions Obama might take to “mitigate” the crisis on the southern border.
This week, columnist Charles Krauthammer said that while he believes the accusations that House Republicans want to impeach President Obama are a desperate “concoction,” he also indicated that should the president use executive action to pardon large numbers of illegal immigrants, it would be “the biggest domestic overreach of a president in memory; it would be an impeachable offense.”
“The Constitution authorizes the president to propose and veto legislation. It does not authorize him to change existing laws. The changes Mr. Obama ordered in Obamacare, therefore, are unconstitutional. This means that he does not accept some of the limitations that the Constitution places on his actions. We cannot know at this point what limitations, if any, he does accept.”
– Forbes, Nov. 19, 2013
While the controversial lawsuit House Republicans have brought against the president is focused on his having re-written provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there was no talk of impeachment tangential to this, nor was it touted as a precursor thereto.
The lawlessness of the president and the administration isn’t really a matter for debate; the question is how much of their criminality will be tolerated on the part of Congress and the American people. Regardless of the motivations for the histrionics on the left over impeachment, the scant talk of impeachment on the Republican side has centered around his aforementioned executive overreach, rather than his treasonable offenses. In one sense, this is disturbing, because it raises the stakes for the president’s opposition, while lowering the risks to him should impeachment proceedings ever be initiated.
One of the presumed arguments against impeachment upon which many Republicans fall back is the miniscule likelihood of cooperation on the part of the Democrat-controlled Senate. More and more, I perceive this as a red herring, given the magnitude of the crimes with which Obama could be charged.
Think about it. Obama has to know that revelations made during impeachment proceedings (should they include such things as his identity fraud, releasing five of the most deadly terrorists alive in exchange for an Army deserter and likely traitor, catalyzing the Arab Spring, which has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands, orchestrating the fall of the Gadhafi government in Libya, as well as the funding and training of al-Qaida and ISIS, to name just a few) could create a situation in which even a Democrat-controlled Senate would be compelled to remove him.
As such, there are those among us who perceive certain signs of distress percolating through the administration and congressional Democrats’ thin veneer of calm calculation. Some believe that discord within the ranks, as well as Americans’ distress, has been more pronounced than we have been led to believe. Inasmuch as the press largely continues to maintain their façade, such sentiments have been difficult to ascertain.
Only recently have these suspicions begun to be validated. For one thing, Americans’ continued support for Israel over the course of its recent conflict with Hamas, in spite of the press and the administration’s surrogates doing their level best to swing public opinion in favor of Hamas, is indicative that Americans are paying little attention to the rhetoric of the White House and the shrill, biased intonations of the mainstream press.
I believe that Obama’s purported loss of control during a telephone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week (initially denied by both sides, but later confirmed by a former Israeli defense official) is indicative not only of his malignant narcissism, but of a perception that his carefully crafted designs are at great risk. Much of what Obama has been able to get away with has been the result of a corrupt Democratic Party and a craven Republican opposition, many of whom are progressives anyway; those who aren’t big-government hacks are too afraid of threatening him or his legacy.
In the case of Netanyahu, Obama is alleged to have yelled at the Israeli prime minister whilst attempting to bully him into accepting a unilateral cease-fire with the terrorist group Hamas, which has lobbed thousands of rockets into Israel in recent weeks. Obama, the spoiled man-child who has seldom if ever been told “no,” had expected the campaign of demonizing Israel to result in an effective and deadly compromising of their defense strategy.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s meltdown (as well as a marked breach of decorum) on the House floor last week also may have been quite telling. Given Pelosi’s usual behavior, her explosion and insulting tirade against Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was more in keeping with someone under great stress than a mere loss of temper or momentary lapse in judgment. In case the reader is unaware, it was Pelosi who put her name to the documents certifying one Barack Hussein Obama as eligible for the Democratic Party nomination to run for president in 2008. Perhaps she perceives that if Obama is ever held to account for some of his more egregious acts, she could go down with him.
Just this week, 79 percent of respondents to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll claimed that they were dissatisfied with President Obama. The same poll showed Americans expressing a distinct disgust with the way the country is being run in general. I believe that we still have a long way to go before Americans truly understand how things came to this point, but it’s a beginning.
The American people don’t necessarily have to understand the motivations of the Obama cabal at this juncture. Perceiving the danger we are in and the nature of the threat they present could very well be enough to facilitate its neutralization. Once this occurs, we can set about ensuring that such an obscenity never again manifests in this nation.
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