The growing case for impeachment of Obama
What constitutional experts say about high crimes, misdemeanors
by Chelsea Schilling — WND
Should Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors?
It’s not a question yet being asked or debated in the Big Media. But it is a question being addressed by some members of Congress, by an increasing number of pundits by activists on the left and the right – and for more than one or two alleged constitutional offenses.
Some of those who have broached the subject include Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Trey Radel, R-Fla.; Steve Stockman; former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; Fox News’ Mike Huckabee; former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy; left-leaning investigative reporter Dave Lindorff; talk-radio host Mark Levin; former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; author and columnist Pat Buchanan and others.
Article II, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution states, “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.”
The U.S. House of Representatives has the power to commence impeachment proceedings. If the House adopts an impeachment resolution, the U.S. Senate conducts a trial and determines whether to convict or acquit. If an official is convicted, he or she is removed from the position and may be barred from holding office again. The official may also face criminal prosecution.
Only two U.S. president have been impeached by the House: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. However, both presidents were acquitted in the Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned before the full House had voted on his impeachment.
This powerful legislative check on executive and judicial wrongdoing is reserved for the most egregious offenses against the U.S. Constitution and the republic.
During the debates of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, James Madison explained the requirement for impeachment: “[S]ome provision should be made for defending the community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the chief magistrate. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers.”
In the Federalist Papers (No. 65), Alexander Hamilton wrote that a president should be impeached for “offenses 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 society itself.”
WND assembled a bipartisan panel of top constitutional experts to evaluate 12 popular arguments for impeaching Obama.
“Congress is not the serf of some lord of the manor in the White House.”
I’m sure ready for that bastard to be impeached. If there was a prez ever to be impeached this one deserves it more than any I know. Even Clinton didn’t rack up this many crimes and misdemeanors.
I have doubts about the Senate wanting to convict him however. The House might bring the charges, but dingy harry would not go along with this one bit. That is the BIG problem. I am signing the petition however.
Pepp, I agree. For it to come to reality would take a miracle. But It would be great for him to have to defend himself. That alone would help the country.
There’s little question that Obama deserves impeachment. However, the political balance in the Senate (including a few of the spineless Repubs) rules out even the possibility of it going anywhere.
But I like the idea….
JTR: it miight be next to impossible to complete it. He sets the bar that much higher for the next charlatan.
A pipe dream at best; false hope at worst. Unless the Senate turns over in the 2014 elections, getting the votes needed to convict will be virtually impossible.
Yea, Rick, like “I have a dream”. At least they should be using the process. Maybe the other half of America would start taking it seriously too. (I know that is a lot to ask)
A meteor strike will do the job MUCH better. And,more likely to happen.