INDIANAPOLIS, December 6, 2014 — There are cries all across America, with the exceptions of New York, Washington, and Democratic and Republican Party headquarters for the impeachment of President Obama.
The reasoning varies, from easily-proven derelictions of his duties of office and trashing of the Constitution, to ridiculous disagreements over policy. The fact is, there are plenty of impeachable offenses, a couple of which have already been noted by the Supreme Court. With very little digging, there are probably a few more, but speculation isn’t necessary.
In the House of Representatives, where timidity and stupidity reign on the majority side and fecklessness and deceit on the other, any voter or Constitution-inspired calls for impeachment are shunted aside. In the Senate, it’s worse: “We’d never get 2/3” is all anyone will say.
And in the Senate, of course, they’re right. President Bill Clinton got a 99-0 pass on admitted perjury and subornation, plus obvious witness tampering, even after the House did its job of impeaching him, giving Hillary effective control of the presidency for the last of Bill’s term.
But in order to preserve the Republic, impeachment is necessary. If Congress doesn’t step up to do its distasteful but necessary job, the Constitution and the very fabric of our Republic are meaningless. If this structural throttle isn’t applied to a usurper’s ambitions, a full-blown dictatorship will result; why shouldn’t it?
Objections, aside from the fact that impeachment would put more public pressure on Congress to do its obvious job, range from, “It would tear the country apart” to, “Are you kidding? President Biden?”
These objections don’t hold water.
Sure, impeaching, removing, and imprisoning the President would cause major angst across the nation. Some people would hate the idea because they love the Scoundrel in Chief. Others don’t even like him or his policies, but they really don’t want to acknowledge just what a criminal he is. And still others just don’t want to upset the status quo and see proper discipline applied; it would embarrass them to see their President get officially called out and put away.
Would President Biden be worse? It’s hard to imagine what he would do, and it’s hard to imagine that his policies would be any more appealing to the Ann Coulters of the nation than President Obama’s, but it’s a verity that President Biden, after he saw Obama behind bars (or even merely stripped of his perqs) would not stray far from the constraints of the Constitution.
And neither would the next several of his successors.
This action would not end controversy over how the country is run. It is entirely possible to have plenty of discussion of spending, structure, and policy — even radical policy — and still adhere to the Constitution. It is possible to enact all sorts of laws and steer in all sorts of directions, and have all sorts of discussions, without abusing Executive power.
But it is not possible to maintain this nation when its most-fundamental law is ignored.