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Roger L. Simon

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Though I had read and hugely admired former prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy’s previous work, when I opened the galleys of his latest book — Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment — I assumed I was just embarking on what was more or less an intellectual exercise from one of America’s great legal minds.

After all, we were rounding the bend into the last quarter of the eight-year Obama presidency and such a national distraction seemed scarcely worth the effort.  As McCarthy’s own subtitle indicated, building a political case for impeachment with the public, a literal groundswell, would be necessary and that seemed, well, a bridge too far or a mountain too high (pick your cliché).

When I finished the book — which I devoured in one breathless gulp, a rarity for me in these days of multiple distractions — it was a wholly other matter.  If it weren’t eleven o’clock at night, I would have run out to buy a pitchfork and headed for the barricades, or at least the Washington Mall, myself.

With measured, almost inexorable clarity, this book is an extraordinary call to legal — or, more precisely, Constitutional — arms.

McCarthy begins with a basic history of impeachment, showing the provenance of the deliberately general “high crimes and misdemeanors” from English law via Edmund Burke and how our Framers saw this as a way to preserve the separation of powers we all (I hope) learned about in school and prevent the emergence of a despotic presidency.

He examines the three impeachments in our history — Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Neither Johnson nor Clinton would reach the two-thirds vote needed in the Senate to remove a president and Nixon, as we all know, resigned to avoid such an embarrassment.

The Clinton episode, because it is so recent and familiar to so many of us, is particularly instructive.  Clinton clearly broke the law (perjury and obstruction of justice), but in the eyes of the public these did not constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors” sufficient for removal from office.  Clinton’s lies had been about personal matters (adulterous affairs) and, significantly, his presidency was relatively normative otherwise.

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cfbleachers has it exactly right: We are two countries now, and these two are enemies. No more "conversations". Let's get on with it, save what we can, and let the enemy have the slop.

The wretched Great Leader still has a 40% approval rating, and I do not want any of these 40% to be in my country. Flush them like the turds they are.
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Well, if conservatives want to guarantee the election of HRC in 2016, by all means, attempt to impeach the nation's first black President on the basis of a political argument. You'll simply drive black and white liberal voter turnout to record levels, even higher than Obama got in 2008.

This is why conservative pundits like McCarthy and Roger Simon will never be politically significant, in terms of driving political outcomes (i.e., elections won). They have all the ivory tower theory in the world completely bottled up and held in their brains - but the vast majority of actual human beings who vote, and the professional politicians they elect, will pay no attention.

As has been attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte - "When your enemy in in the process of destroying himself, do not interfere".

The political arguments are all going our way these days. Obama has been exposed as a serial liar and incompetent, he can never run for President again, Dem polls are worse now than they were just prior to the 2010 whipping they took. Every month there is a massive new scandal, all directly attributable to Democrat malffeasance and mismanagement.

In the midst of all this, some idiots want to start a new political argument that cannot possibly succeed as a matter of law - i.e., there is no way in hell there will ever be 67 votes in the Senate to convict a Democrat President, ever. Bearing in mind that the last President who was impeached in the House was Bubba Clinton, and his poll numbers, and number of his fellow Democrats in the House, went UP in '98 following his unfruitful Senate trial.

Really?

This is political "self abuse" - nothing more. People write books like McCarthy's, and promote them, only to make themselves momentarily feel better, but they serve no other purpose.

I'd much rather win the elections this year and in 2016 than to experience a brief moment of self-induced bliss that then causes us to lose both of these upcoming elections.

btw - the House GOP is not dumb enough to entertain this proposal.
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Roger, I cannot think of an act against the American people that Obama could commit that would get him impeached.

He has spied on reporters, attacked political opponents, jailed innocent men, seized the economy (in every sense of that word), abandoned Americans under attack, defrauded the people, forced State goods and services down their throats, used the IRS as a weapon, the EPA as a weapon, destroyed our energy advantages, sold property rights, invaded the courts to give union creditors an illegal preference, threw open the borders, released violent criminals, attacked Judeo-Christians....if this man was caught with a smoking gun over a busload of dead orphans...the media would tell us they were a gang of Hitler Youth.

Andy does a marvelous legal job of laying out the case. But the case was evident to anyone who dared to accept what has been plain to see.

If Bill Ayers was elected President instead, how would these things be different? If Rashid Khalidi had been in charge of foreign affairs, what would be different?

This man nominated Van Jones, a communist, a cop killer's mouthpiece, Maoists, his entire DOJ is a radical cesspool.

The intent is clear. Woodstock Jihad is in full bloom.

The Siblings and Spouses media are not "reporting" it, they are advancing it.

And, there is ZERO chance of any official recourse. Andy says we have three options. Impeachment needs an honestly informed populace. We will NEVER get that.

Election will only partially assist. The Democratic Party is fully absorbed in Woodstock Jihad. Even if we successfully won every conceivable race, legislative "wall building" will only slow, not stop the sepsis now in our system.

Rooting out the Woodstock Jihad cancer in every department, now filled to the gills with planted jihadists would take a monumental effort.

We will accomplish nothing in the end, if we do not accept the fact that we are two countries at this moment in time, not one.

And, these two separate and opposite nations are mortal enemies.
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Probably the saddest legacy of Barry's fractured presidency is that he will very likely be the last black president for at least a generation.
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Put Ben Carson on the GOP ticket, and then you'll see another.
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This president is unimpeachable simply because of what got him elected - his appearance. NO Republican would risk his/her career by impeaching the first 'black president." They would be relentlessly branded racists and their entire lives would be destroyed. The media, gleefully, would follow suit. He can do practically anything short of declaring Marshall law and by then it would be too late.
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Obama knows he is immune to the usual rules about presidents. I fully expect him to empty Guantanamo and send the Blind Sheik to the middle east to join his friends once the election is over.
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"Where it goes from here, I know not. "

Actually, I'd bet folding money you do. It goes exactly no. where. at. all.

This president will never be impeached. Ain't. Gonna. Happen. Not now. Not a year from now. Not ever.

Exhibit one: The color of his skin.

You can add on from there...
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Obama could bite the head off a baby on the Whitehouse lawn and no one would lift a finger to stop him.

Worse than that, he knows it.
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If Obama is not impeached because he's black then there's no other conclusion except that the once great America has degenerated into an immoral nation of cowards.
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Yes, it is very stressful to have one's intelligence insulted, to be betrayed, to be conned, to be used, to be taunted, and then to be more and more outright endangered for years by bullies, buffoons, frauds and cowards. That being true, and being so much worse in reality than startled dread at "We are the ones we have been waiting for" in Feb 2008.
RE-ELECTED in 2012 !!
Based on facts and record, the American people should have swept him out of office and into the disgrace he so deserves to informed American citizens' minds and hearts.
Face it, the majority of American voters are not worthy of their birthright. ATers and other traditional patriots are in the minority. The leftards play them and us, per alinsky and lenin, like fiddles. In too real reality these next years, we just may have to endure more and more. If they can sow enough seeds for their destruction without formal impeachments of many ..., we can hope so much. That it will also carry the country's capability to recover so much, too.
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The bar has been set so high for Impeachment I don't think Obama is one third the way there?
Nixon, Water Gate Break-in + Lying about it .
Ronnie Star Wars Ray Gun, TREASON X 3, Candidate Ray Gun going around a setting President by Trading Missiles to HOLD the hostages until he was in office, 2/ More Arms to Iran to keep the war between Iran/Iraq, 3/ Iran / Contra trading Shoulder Fire Surface to Air Missiles to Iran to supply monies to a War that CON-gress forbid. (oh those missiles were used and reverse engineered and used to shot down our Plans in Afghanistan years later.
President Darth Cheney and his meat puppet lied us into two Wars with phony made-up data. Phony movie of a rescue of Jessica Lynch at an unguarded Hospital, The possible Murder of a Foot Ball star by his own troops to end him talking to a reporter about the B.S. Wars. Not providing AK 47 proof vests or Properly Armored vehicles to save about 2000 troops lives during the Phony Wars. Hiding the costs of these phony wars by stealing money from the troops and Closing VA Clinics, not building VA Hospitals to treat the wounded warriors when they came home, losing (badly) two wars, Taking us 17 Trillions Dollar's in debt while Losing two Wars badly), Torturing prisoners of war, Kidnapping 100's of innocent people and holding them for the past 8 years. Well you get it, Of Course there are many more IMPEACHABLE moments for many of Dubya's cabinet members.
So with that you wanna Impeach Obama?? ... I think not !!!!!!
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Um, I think you got to this site by accident. Perhaps you meant to go here and rant your BS instead:
CPUSA.org
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I favor a military coup.
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I've to disagree with your statement: "Clinton’s lies had been about personal matters (adulterous affairs) and, significantly, his presidency was relatively normative otherwise."
1. treatment 93 WTC bombing as police matter (consistent with liberal ideology)
2. Gorelick's "wall"
3. sale missile guidance tech to China
All 3 were (deliberately in my op) not included in the impeachment proceedings.
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Bull-feathers. Clinton to everyone "I did not have sex with that woman". He equates sex to sexual intercourse not blow jobs. This could mean that his daughter Chelsea was a virgin when she married, as she only gave blow jobs to her boyfriends like her daddy taught her.
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