A Case for Impeachment? Not Even Close
"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.