I wish the House would begin impeachment proceedings, but I don’t see the current representatives having the spine to do it.
We need strong conservative majorities in both the House and the Senate in 2012, especially if Obama wins reelection. Â We need representatives who aren’t afraid to stand up to an out-of-control Executive and hold him accountable!
The list of Obamaâ€™s constitutional violations is growing by the day and ought to be the topic of not only nightly news commentary but citizensâ€™ town-hall meetings and protest rallies.
President Obama can only be emboldened by the lack of impeachment proceedings. His violations typically arouse a short-lived tempest among some conservatives, yet impeachment is not generally advocated by his critics as a realistic recourse. That must change.
That Obama can be voted out of office in eight months is not a reason to hold back on impeachment. Formal impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives would help alert the nationâ€™s 120 million likely voters that more is at stake in Obamaâ€™s power grabs than Syrian human rights and contraception subsidies for college students.
The grounds for House impeachment proceedings have been laid by Obamaâ€™s own actions. A list of his unconstitutional and illegal actions would embarrass any honest public official and makes Nixonâ€™s Watergate cover-up look like a college fraternity house panty raid.
Obamaâ€™s policy on the use of military force abroad raises grave issues â€“ both policy issuesÂ andÂ constitutional issues. When Defense Secretary Panetta tells a Senate committee he will rely on NATO and the U.N. for â€œpermissionâ€ for use of military force, that is an affront to and direct assault on the Constitution.
Those Panetta statements propelled Rep. Jones to introduce a House resolution stipulating that any use of military force by the president without an act of Congress, except to repel a direct attack on the United States, is an impeachable offense under the Constitution.
But this is only the latest Obama assault on the Constitution. There are many other examples of Obamaâ€™s disregard for constitutional limitations to his power.
- Obama violated the Constitution with his â€œrecess appointmentsâ€ while the Senate was not in recess. It is up the Senate to decide when it is in recess, not the president. That distinction between executive and legislative authority is what the Separation of Powers doctrine is all about.
- Obama is an obvious participant and co-conspirator in Eric Holderâ€™s approval and later cover-up of the illegal â€œFast and Furiousâ€ gun-walking program. Unlike the Watergate case, people have actually died as a result of this illegal program.
- Obama undoubtedly has knowledge of and has approved Homeland Security Secretary Napolitanoâ€™s project to require Border Patrol management to falsify apprehension numbers on the southwest border. This is a clear violation of Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, which requires the federal government to protect the country against foreign invasion.
- The presidentâ€™s open refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act is a violation of Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution, which does not authorize the president to choose which laws to â€œfaithfully execute.â€ The oath taken by a new president on Inauguration Day does not say, â€œâ€¦ to defend the Constitution of the United Statesâ€¦ to the best of my ability except when I disagree with it.â€
- Did the president violate the law when he instructed Labor Secretary Solis to negotiate agreements with foreign governments to expand the â€œlabor rightsâ€ of illegal aliens?
The precedent of Clintonâ€™s impeachment over his perjury in the Monica Lewinsky case established the principle that the legal definition of â€œhigh crimes and misdemeanorsâ€ is what Congress wants them to mean. Have Obamaâ€™s actions met the constitutional standard for impeachment? Absolutely, yes.
Unless the House of Representatives acts to begin impeachment proceedings against this bold usurper, we are headed for dictatorship. Either the Constitution limits the presidentâ€™s powers or it does not. If it does, Obama must be impeached for his actions. If not, then a dictatorship is not only inevitable, it will be upon us soon.