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As I watch the current administration constantly abuse the rights of US citizens, making amazingly arrogant decisions to open our borders to those who mean harm to our country, ignoring and abusing our allies’ trust in us, and leaving our allies to fend for themselves, I wonder why impeachment hasn’t been implemented. Then, I listen to the talking heads on television, read the comments of “wise speakers” from both sides of the aisle, and I realize the reason. The Republicans are scared that maybe the democrats will play the race card and scare the American public even more.
This president and / or his administration and cabinet, have caused an astounding amount of serious damage to the national security of the US, infringed on the civil liberties of the average US citizen, and agencies headed by personnel selected by the president have infringed, intruded, obstructed, and caused irreparable harm to the US, its citizens, and its allies. As the chief executive of the United States, as commander in chief of the armed forces, and leader of the cabinet of secretaries that perform the administration of the executive branch of the federal government, the president is the person who is responsible for any and all actions by all agencies his personnel lead.
President Harry S. Truman had a famous sign on his desk: The Buck Stops Here! Harry felt that anything that happened in his administration, was his responsibility. He never shirked from doing the right thing, no matter how painful, and he took responsibility if something happened on his watch. John Kennedy felt the same way, accepting his role in the days of October, as well as accepting his role in the Bay of Pigs disaster. Richard Nixon opened relations with China, helped to bring an end to the Vietnam war, thawed relations with the Soviet Union, but Nixon was about to be impeached due to actions performed by his re-election campaign and the missing 18 minutes of recording in his office. Nixon did the honorable thing, and resigned, to prevent the country from being embroiled in a nasty fight. The country had only recently left the harsh and damaging 60s behind. Because of William Clinton’s wandering eye, impeachment proceedings were begun against him. Clinton knew that he was supposed to adhere to a higher standard, but could not stop himself from skirt-chasing. Clinton was impeached, not because of his lecherous habits, but because he lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Impeachment of the president is the tool that is available and used by the legislative branch of the federal government to stop the abuses of the executive branch. To wit: Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “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.” Also: In 1970, then Representative Gerald R. Ford defined impeachable offenses as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” This president has, based on the above definitions, committed numerous impeachable offense, both high crimes, and misdemeanors.
Impeachment of the president has to be done. With a logical, reasonable, straight look at the activities of the president and his cabinet, obama has performed the most egregious examples of overreach of any president in history. Congress has a duty, and a right, to vote out the Articles of Impeachment to stop the overreach of the executive branch of the United States. The Republicans cannot let the shrieking cries of the television talking heads, as well as the murmurs from their backers, to hold them back from this effort. The Republicans must not listen to the left scream about “racial hatred” and “criticism of the president is treason”. Impeachment of the president is one of the tools that congress has to rein in the power of the presidency. The House of Representatives must use their powers to help correct the abuses of this administration. The House and the Senate must do their duties, despite what the left screams about. The representatives and the senators were elected to legislate laws for the American people. The representatives and senators should not listen to naysayers who would try to make a case that consideration of impeachment plays into democrats hands. Impeachment plays into no one’s hands, but represents the legislative branch’s authority to hold accountable a president that has attempted to set himself and his cabinet above the Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights, and the people of these United States of America.
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