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A Case for Impeachment? Not Even Close

What is driving the right to emulate the worst tactics of the left?

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Rick Moran

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May 11, 2013 - 12:01 am
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“May you be cursed to live in interesting times,” says the fake Chinese proverb. But this is getting ridiculous — and embarrassing, if you’re a conservative.

Liberals made idiots of themselves during the Bush years believing that every revelation that “proved” “Bush lied, people died” would rid the country of the smirking Texan by way of impeachment. The American people, in their righteous anger, would rise up and smite the illegitimate cowboy (and his sidekick, Darth Cheney), bringing down his regime — with the help of Democrats who only wanted what was best for the country. Of course, they never mentioned that with Bush and Cheney out of the way, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would become president. Little details like that always got lost in the shuffle.

Recall the snark on conservative websites this idiocy elicited at the time. The right had a gay old time rattling liberals’ cages, making helpful suggestions as to which Marx brother might lead the effort to convict Bush and Cheney in the Senate, and other sound pieces of advice. A good time was had by all in portraying the left to be unhinged, out of touch, and out of their minds.

But now, the bottom rail is on top and it is the right embarrassing itself by pushing for the impeachment of President Obama. It’s hard to keep track of how many scandals have seen Republicans and conservatives calling for Obama’s head. The granddaddy of them all is, of course, the birther issue and all its attendant trappings of conspiracy and intrigue. Then there was the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, in which people were actually murdered by guns sold to Mexican drug gangs by hapless ATF agents. This was overseen by incompetents in the Justice Department. Incompetence, stupidity, arrogance — but an impeachable offense?

There’s much, much more. In an effort to be helpful, here is a website that has listed 100 potential articles of impeachment against the president. Some might think that 100 articles of impeachment is a stretch. Others may believe it’s a pretty good start. But perusing this list is like getting in a wayback machine and reading what the left was saying about President Bush at the time. It’s the same sort of madness and hysteria that afflicted liberals who could never quite separate their partisan desires from doing what was good for the country.

Now comes the attacks by terrorists on our diplomats in Benghazi on September 11 of last year and the panicked, incompetent, and ultimately dishonest response by the State Department, the Department of Defense, the CIA, and the White House. Coming as it did in the midst of a close campaign for the presidency, the political overtones in that response resonate to this day. And several prominent Republicans and conservatives see in that response a reason to overturn the election of November 6, 2012 — to toss the votes of 63 million Americans into the gutter.

It isn’t just fringe players on the right who are serious about impeaching the president. Mike Huckabee said on his radio show recently:

“When a president lies to the American people and is part of a cover-up, he cannot continue to govern,” Huckabee said on his radio show Monday.

“As the facts come out, I think we’re going to see something startling. And before it’s over, I don’t think this president will finish his term unless somehow they can delay it in Congress past the next 3½ years.”

Washington Times columnist and Boston radio host Jeffrey Kuhner believes the president should be impeached for allowing the Boston Marathon bombing:

The Boston massacre was a defining moment. It exposed Mr. Obama’s narcissistic and reckless approach to combating terror. There can be no illusions any longer — we are in a clash of civilizations between radical Islam and the West. Mr. Obama has denied this painful reality long enough. By burying his head in the ideological sands, he has made Americans pay a terrible price. It’s time he is held responsible for his gross negligence. It’s time that he be impeached. Justice demands no less.

WorldNetDaily has been running a petition since February demanding the impeachment of the president. Twitter’s #impeachment tag appears very popular with about a tweet a minute. That doesn’t include references to impeachment in tweets using #Benghazi or #bigtimescandal, which top the trending topics.

Former CEO of PJ Media Roger Simon got on the impeachment bandwagon long ago:

While we are making Watergate analogies, it’s worth noting this is far worse than that noxious moment in American history or the other recent impeachment episode — Clinton. In the former, some dumb zealots broke into the campaign headquarters of the opposition party in an election that wasn’t remotely close. Nevertheless, the paranoid Nixon destroyed himself by trying to cover up the idiocy. Clinton wagged his finger at us and lied about sex under oath, while his wife — an important figure in Benghazi where she has already been caught dissimulating — similarly lied by publicly blaming her husband’s philandering on the “great right-wing conspiracy.” (What power!)

Creepy behavior all around and certainly nothing remotely presidential, but, compared to Benghazi, no one died or was even injured. As far as I know, no one even stubbed a toe.

Benghazi, on the contrary, was an important battle in the Global War on Terror, which has now reached our shores more than once. It will undoubtedly do so again. Those who take this casually in the slightest are conscious or unconscious traitors or fools — or so self-interested as to be beneath contempt.

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First, a key difference between the Democrats' "Bush lied and people died" narrative and Benghazi. There is not a shred of evidence that President Bush made any misrepresentation, much less that he did so knowingly. By contrast, it is plain as day to anyone watching that President Obama pushed the youtube video story knowing it not to be true.

Second, a question. If The attack in Benghazi is designated a crime to be investigated by the FBI, and that investigation was obstructed by the false statements made knowingly by the Administration, as Mr. Hicks' testimony suggests, is there really no crime committed?
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What CAN you impeach a president for? What constitutes "high crimes and misdemeanors" to you, Rick? You sound like a Democratic apologist for Obama.
You're just as "bad" as the right wing extremists! You'll swallow a lie (and four deaths) as big as an elephant but choke on a gnat. If ever there was a reason for me to not read your column, you just handed it to me. You're beginning to sound more and more like a faux republican. In fact, you're beginning to sound like John McCain.
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I have no idea of what your point is, Rick. This piece is all over the map. I understand you are afraid of right-wing extremists - yes, they are everywhere and are clearly disturbing your dreams. Take it easy.
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Rick, normally like your stuff but this dog won't hunt. Matter of fact this here's a lap dog ain't even a hunting dog. People round here ain't got much use for a lap dog. Might want to check the pedigree. Just saying, most of us common folk know right off.
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Today the reports are finally out of a video showing a Syrian rebel cutting the heart from a soldier and taking a bite.

We were arming these same monsters via Ambassador Chris Stevens.

IMPEACH. IMPEACH. IMPEACH.

Who could have run guns and missiles to Syrian rebels through an American ambassador? Who's responsible? How could President Obama not have known about it?

IMPEACH. IMPEACH. IMPEACH.
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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

So Article One of the Impeachment would be the unconstitutional appointment of "czars" who were not subjected to confirmation by the Senate as explicitly required.

Article Two would be his failure to appoint a prosecutor to investigate and, potentially prosecute, Attorney General Eric Holder for "Contempt of Congress".

The list goes on and on. And all of they are all "high crimes and misdemeanors" for failure to abide by Obama's sacred oath of office.
1 year ago
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"But this is getting ridiculous — and embarrassing, if you’re a conservative."

That should leave you alone. I'm unaware of anything you want to conserve unless it's relics of New Deal Policy, LBJ's successes.
1 year ago
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Yes, how embarrassing it must be for Rick Moran to link himself to people who believe President Obama is responsible for injecting chaos into global politics, getting his proxy and other innocents killed in the process, and then trying to hide what he's done to avoid responsibility.

How very embarrassing, indeed.
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Rick:

Is your view obstructed by your proximity (Chicago editor) to The Owe's power base?
1 year ago
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My, my! The constitution refers to impeachable as treason, misdemeanors and high crimes. Treason is well defined constitutionally. Misdemeanors and high crimes encapsule 'incapacitated, bribary and abuse' of office -- most of the latter would pertain to statutory laws. Far more important in a legal constitutional context, comes the issue of separation of powers. Refer to Andrew Johnson for which history has not judged well those who brought the charges against Johnson. crf-usa - impeachment/high-crimes-and-misdemeanors

Gerald Ford commented “an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history” and was fully rejected in his attempt to impeach a sitting supreme court justice on the grounds he was to liberal.

For all those who want impeachment, how about wrting up the charges of impeachment so we can tell if you know anything about impeachment or just acting in fine radical partisan emotion.

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So, the President refuses to come to the aid of his State Department employees who were under attack by Al Qaida. He then issued orders to have federal employees to lie about the true nature of the attack; and he and his Sec of State lied to the face of the victims' families as to the true nature of the attack.

The President was derelict in his duties as President -criminally so. A military officer would be court martialed and sent to prison if he left his own men to die despite having resources available to rescue them. And deceiving the American people in order to win an election is certainly an impeachable offence.

As usual Mr. Moran takes the "safe position". Don't rock the boat; get along with the Progressive Masters who run things.

What President Obama and his minions did was certainly criminal.
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I honestly can't tell if Moran is being ironic or not. I'm hoping he's using absurdity to illustrate the absurd. Otherwise this article is a hopeless mess of fractured logic.

I note his recurring point: "You can’t impeach a president for being a naive fool or an incompetent boob." Carter was a naive fool. Clinton was an incompetent boob. They were ill-informed liberals who were nonetheless attempting to work for America's best interests within the framework of their deeply flawed theories.

A third option is carefully avoided by Moran: that Obama is not naive, nor incompetent, but is an evil, bitter, anti-colonial collectivist who does NOT have America's best interests at heart -- he hates America, and is doing everything he can to first punish it, and then re-form it into something that it was never intended to be, by giving it over to our enemies.

So, if not impeachable, then how about treason?
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The author of this drivel is insane. For fast and furious alone ovomit is impeachable.
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How would Rick Moran know what is properly conservative? He isn't one.
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