To Impeach, Or Not To Impeach
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
have been telling you for several years now that there is an
undercurrent of rage coursing through America just below the always
restive surface. Conservative leaders have done nothing to call the
Obama Administration to account for the abuse of power so obvious to
anyone politically aware n America today.
The Republican Party, the home of conservatives in our two party system, is split in twain -- as is the country itself.
US House of Representatives, controlled by the GOP, is torn by a near
rebellion in it's ranks -- the so-called "establishment" republicans
versus the "conservative" republicans.
Even a general
appraisal of our national condition, politically, would give rise to a
jolt of shock to any of our Forefathers should they be able to pierce
the veil of the grave and assess America's state today.
on America's political right are openly and passionately calling for A
Bill of Impeachment to be passed in the US House against our President,
B. H. Obama.
On the other hand, there are powerful
figures, also conservative as well, and some from the establishment
republicans who argue impeaching Obama is a waste of time and effort. It
is the latter who currently hold the positions of power in the GOP.
I tend to agree with BOTH sides. I think Obama SHOULD be impeached.
At the same time, I understand that there is not a chance of a snowball
in Hades of ever getting the Democratic Party controlled Senate to
However, some have suggested, and I
agree, impeachment proceeding, (the trial, if you will) of Obama would
serve to make public all the abuses of power by Obama, and so much more
the average America voter is not aware of. It would be a real
eye-opener for the electorate.
There has been the
suggestion that once the America voter learned of all the abuses of our
president, they would be so angry, it would render the President
impotent and force the Senate off the dime and into action. Of that, I
am not so sure.
I'm not convinced the Senate, as
now composed, (mainly of democrats) can be moved to convict Obama of
anything, certainly not as the result of an impeachment in the House of
It is possible that the outcome of
the election next November could change the Senate to republican control
but that is nearly a year away and much can happen in politics in a
However, it is becoming more and more obvious to
Americans on both sides of the political divide that America cannot
continue her current course. The animus has reached a level only seen
between Americans in the years preceding the American Civil War.
legislative branch of our government seems oblivious to the threat to
domestic peace. On the other hand the executive branch is well aware of
it and has been quietly preparing for civil unrest that could break out
at any moment. Remember all the massive purchases of ammunition made
by the various department of the government, over the past few months
and years? Included in those munitions purchases were things like
armored cars and tank-like war fighting vehicles. The government has
been busy militarizing our local law enforcement agencies, too.
to all the government's preparations for an American uprising Obama's
purge of the general's and admirals in our military who are not
dedicated to him more so than the constitution and you begin to get a
glimpse of the physical readiness of the Obama Administration for
too, there are those who suggest that a successful impeachment of Obama
would spark a race war in America between blacks and whites.
impeachment process is not an easy one and there have been only four
serious discussions of impeachment by the Congress in the history of the
United States and not a single president has been removed from office
as a result of impeachment.
Johnson was actually impeached when Congress became unhappy with the
way he was dealing with some post-Civil War matters, but Johnson was
acquitted in the Senate by one vote and remained in office.
Congress introduced a resolution to impeach John Tyler over state's rights issues, but the resolution failed.
Congress was debating his impeachment over the Watergate break-in when President Richard Nixon resigned.
J. Clinton was impeached by the House on charges of perjury and
obstruction of justice in relationship to his affair with White House
intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was eventually acquitted by the Senate. SOURCE: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/thepresidentandcabinet/a/impeachment.htm
Consider this from the Impeach Obama Campaign website:
"A charge against Obama that is an easy one to make is perjury. He
said he would support and defend the Constitution. But he has caused a
less perfect union, established injustice, has destroyed domestic
tranquility, removed money and support for the common defense of this
nation, made the general welfare of the nation worse, and made our
liberty less secure now and into the future. He also violated Article
I, Section 1, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution, which states that all
legislative powers are granted only to Congress. Only Congress can
change a law once it is adopted. Obama has done so often with the
Affordable Care Act. He has also tried to work around Congress whenever
possible." SOURCE: http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/
there are those who say we're better of with Obama serving in the Oval
Office than with his successor, Vice President Joe Biden. If that hits
you with the force of a blow to the solar plexus, just remember -- Biden
IS the constitutional successor to Obama should Obama be impeached and
found guilty and removed from office. (Talk about raining on your
Look. Impeachment is serious business
and ought not be bandied about as some sort of Damocles sword hanging
always over the head of our leader(s). Nevertheless, our wise
Forefathers wrote it into the constitution: Article II, Section 4:
"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United
States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction
of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. "
In the book "A History of the American Constitution"
(1990), authored by Daniel Farber and Suzanna Sherry, they tell us of
the debate and discussions that ultimately gave us the final words we
find in our constitution today as they regard impeachment:
"Finally, there were many debates about the exact procedures that
should be followed in cases of impeachment. Some delegates mistrusted
the Senate, and some the House. Many were worried that neither branch
would have enough firmness of purpose to oppose the president. A few
were concerned that providing for impeachment would subordinate the
president to the legislature. The Convention in fact could not reach
agreement on most of the issues arising out of impeachment procedures.
The Committee on Detail thus forged its own compromise
provisions that appear in the Constitution. Although there was some grumbling, the Committee's basic ideas were accepted." SOURCE: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/impeach/constitution.html
So. Do I think Obama should be impeached.
Do I think Obama will be impeached?
No, I don't.
For several reasons: The GOP doesn't have the cahones for it, and the
democratic controlled Senate would never convict, AND -- over shadowing
it all is -- Joe Biden, Obama's constitutional successor.
to me the best we can hope for now is a crushing defeat of the
democrats in next November's election. The GOP must control both houses
of Congress to have a chance at a successful impeachment. To repeal
Obamacare, they'd need -- not just control of both houses -- but a veto
proof majority of the Congress to override Obama's certain veto.
The next eleven months are pivotal to the future of America.
J. D. Longstreet