The lovely but scary Sarah Palin has reared her wacky head again. This time she is on Facebook in a video calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, claiming that he has racked up a number of offences against the American people. Sadly, she’s not alone in her quest for the President’s head on a platter.
Taking the slightly less outrageous route, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is preparing to take the President to court for abusing his executive privilege. So impeachment or lawsuit? They’re both just more attacks in the GOP’s ongoing war with our Commander-in-Chief.
So what’s Palin’s basis for impeachment? In her video and an accompanying article on the Fox News website, she brings Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” to the public’s attention.
“No serious person who is paying attention can deny that Obama and his administration have abused and violated the public trust and disregarded the Constitution. Let me count the ways.”
Her list includes: the President’s release of Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the fraud perpetrated on the American people when Obama promised that they would not be forced to change their health care plans, the President’s mismanagement of foreign affairs that led to the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, and the use of the IRS to target conservative groups.
Maybe Palin hasn’t been paying attention, but all of these “offences” have already been discussed and explained in congressional hearings and the media. And for the record, fraud isn’t fraud when a person acts in good faith and then apologizes for their error as the President did during an interview on NBC News last year.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. . . we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
Other members of the Republican Party have picked up Palin’s call for impeachment, but have been reluctant to actually go ahead with the process. Not because they don’t agree with her (which they don’t), but because they think it would tip the balance of power too far out of their favor by rallying Democrats and on-the-fence voters.
Comedian and host of The Daily Show Jon Stewart couldn’t resist jumping on this hot topic.
“When your main concern when you’re deposing a tyrant is how it will affect your party’s chances in the upcoming midterm elections, that’s not tyranny . . . all this talk of tyranny is bullshit.”
From impeachment we move on to Boehner’s lawsuit. What’s the charge at the heart of the matter? Boehner is accusing the President of abusing his authority when, by executive order, he delayed one of the mandates of the Affordable Care Act so that large employers would have more time to fall in line with their legal requirement to provide health insurance to their employees.
Of course, Stewart had something to say on this subject as well.
“Let me get this straight. The GOP is going to take down our Dictator-in-Chief, with a civil suit accusing him of not properly executing a law they themselves have tried more than 50 times to partly or completely repeal.”
Boehner’s argument is that this issue goes beyond the decision to delay the mandate.
“In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”
The whole thing makes very little sense, but it seems like sense has very little to do with what’s happening in Washington, D.C.
Let’s be honest. For many Americans, if it’s on the news it must be true. So people like Palin and Boehner get on the air and say that Obama is a criminal, and a lot of people accept it as gospel – proof is irrelevant. People are very quick to believe negative things about the famous and the powerful especially politicians and most especially the president – even when they make no sense. If you have any doubt, ask yourself why there are people who blame Barack Obama for FEMA’s poor response after Hurricane Katrina – an event that took place four years before he assumed office?
Has Obama made mistakes? Of course he has, no one is perfect, and certainly no politician is perfect. But, when it comes to his “crimes,” Barack Obama has done nothing that his predecessors haven’t done. Where were the calls for impeachment against George W. Bush? Where were the calls for lawsuits against Ronald Reagan? Like Bush, Obama exercised executive privilege, but he did not lie in order to start a war that still affects this country today. Like Reagan, Obama bargained for the return of an American citizen, but he did not illegally arm an enemy country with more than 1,500 missiles. There may have been one or two Congressional hearings, but did anyone try to impeach or sue Bush or Reagan? No. What‘s the difference between Obama and those guys? Just something to think about.
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