Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is one of the most prominent Republicans yet to call for the impeachment of President Obama.
In a column she wrote for Breitbart, Palin points to the current crisis on the border as “the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.'”
Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.
The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt, many cities are on the verge of insolvency, our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our “leader” creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.
As Palin points out, deliberately failing to protect the border is just one of Obama’s impeachable transgressions. PJ Media columnist Andrew McCarthy, author of Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, sums up the case in a Q&A that appears on his Amazon page:
Obama’s presidency is a willful, systematic attack on the constitutional system of separation of powers, an enterprise that aims to bring about a new regime of government by executive decree. This is exactly the kind of subversion the Framers designed the impeachment power to address. The Nixon and Clinton episodes involved misconduct that did not aim to undermine our constitutional framework.
In her column, Palin echoes these sentiments and adds that it’s not going to get any better:
President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.
It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.
What makes the border crisis so dangerous for President Obama is that his dereliction of duty in failing to enforce the laws of the United States is occurring so publicly — right out in the open for all to see. I don’t know if the average American would see this as impeachable, but it may lead to other questions that had gone unasked until now. I think McCarthy is probably right when he suggests that a political case for impeachment would have to take in the entire sweep of the president’s lawlessness:
McCarthy: Legally speaking, a president may be impeached for a single offense that qualifies as “high crimes and misdemeanors”—a breach of the profound public trust vested in the president, a violation of his constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully. But real impeachment requires the public will to remove the president from office. You can have a thousand impeachable offenses, but without that political consensus, impeachment is not an appropriate remedy.
Palin speaks for a lot of vocal Republicans who want the House GOP to take action, as well as speaking for even more Republicans who secretly agree with her. Her public advocacy for impeachment may rouse other prominent Republicans to join her, although it is doubtful many of them will be current office holders.
But if things get much worse at the border, or if other examples of presidential overreach emerge, the cumulative effect of these transgressions could result in steps being taken in the House of Representatives to remove the president.