There comes a time in the history of any Nation where the transgressions of the elite and the governing power(s), and the number of their usurpations of the rights and privileges of the governed, will drive that Nation’s citizenry to war. Be they ideological wars, or the seditious acts of oppressed men that invariably precede insurrection, violent conflict (physical or philosophical) is always the end-game in the fight to gain (or preserve) a man’s freedom and the “certain unalienable Rights” he was granted by his Creator. Though not off the table, for now, violent acts of resistance against the oligarchy we, the People, have allowed ourselves to fall prey to, are not beyond the realm of possibility in the near future… in the short term, however, they wouldn’t serve us much good.
The pitiful state of affairs amongst the American electorate is, likely, causing our Founders to roll over in their graves like John Deere roto-tillers. Voter turnout is abysmal, public apathy is shameful and embarrassing, no one seems willing to draw any lines in the sand against the over-reach of big Government, and the blatant opportunism on the parts of our elected officials… whom we knowingly allow to get away with ignoring our demands and repressing our will… is destroying the very fabric of our Nation. And it’s our own fault. And it’s going to take unprecedented action to put a stop to what the ‘activist-community-organizer-turned President’ has done to it and to us.
Impeachment is mentioned in our guiding document – the United States Constitution – six times, so let’s get the technicalities out of the way first.
Art. I, Sect. 2, Clause 5: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
Art. I, Sect. 3, Clause 6: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”
Art. I, Sect. 3, Clause 7: “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”
Art. II, Sect. 2, Clause 1: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”
Art. II, Sect. 4: “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.’
Art. III, Sect. 2, Clause 3: “The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.”
The time to unseat this man is not in 2012. It is now. The impeachment option our Founders handed down to us, signed in their own blood, makes this clear; so that armed revolutions might not ever be necessary again, we are instructed that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce
them us under absolute Despotism, it is their our right, it is their our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their our future security.”
It has come to that in America, and I offer here the first round of arguments in favor of removing Obama from office now….not after a billion dollars is spent to get him re-elected (and another billion + 1 to prevent it)…but now.
In Chicago, the Nation’s highest gasoline prices are being reported at about $4.27 a gallon (with prices in some areas reportedly being much higher at around $4.60-$4.70). Reports of price gouging? Nope, even though the national average is $3.88. According to CNN, a station in Orlando is charging $5.69 (despite the state average being more like $3.78). Reports there about gouging? Nada.
Shell has been forced to shutter exploration plans off of Alaska (at no small cost in the pain and suffering department of every day Americans)… by the EPA no less… because of potential exhaust pollutants from ice breaking boats. Even though the moratorium that blocked Gulf drilling was lifted, this President has held it, essentially, in check by changing the rules thereby making it not worth the effort to bother trying. Worse, he’s targeting inactive leases before they can catch up to the new rules.
He appears quite content to let gas prices skyrocket even though this is killing the economy, costing American jobs, and forcing companies to file for Chapter 11. Obama, who appears to enjoy rubbing salt in the American wound, is even willing to spend money we don’t have by sending billions to Brazil so THEY can drill instead.
This President, by Executive fiat (and outside the Constitutionally prescribed Legislative process via Congress), has given unprecedented powers to the EPA to control the Energy industry because he failed to close the deal on Cap & Trade. This power has allowed an incremental destruction of the Oil industry and, ostensibly, the energy sector of our economy… such that jobs are being lost and businesses are being forced to close. His willful destruction of the economy, and the oppression he has wrought on his own citizens – ALONE – is enough to bring him into the Senate chamber to stand trial and explain himself.
In Part II, however, we’ll ask the bigger question: “What actual ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ has Obama committed?