The United States Constitution states in Article II, Section 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.
The framers incorporated this safeguard into the US Constitution to make sure that the country’s leaders were honest people. Is there a danger that this very safeguard could corruptly be turned around and be an instrument by certain members of the Congress to get a sitting President at all cost?
Thus far in the history of the United States there been three Presidential impeachment proceedings — in 1868 against President Andrew Johnson for his removal of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in violation of the Tenure of Office Act – 1974 against President Richard Nixon for the Watergate cover-up (106 years after Johnson) – 1998-99 against President Bill Clinton for concealing an extramarital affair (24 years after Nixon).
Why have elements within the Republican Party been calling for the impeachment of President Obama? So far they have said they have no evidence of any crimes or misdemeanor , how then is the call justified?
At a town hall in Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) called the Obama administration lawless and warned that the president is getting, “perilously close to impeachment.”http://www.politicususa.com/2013/08/22/republican-senator-obama-perilously-close-impeachment.html.
It is not unusual to hear this kind of kook-talk from the racial elements on AM talk radio, or on Fox. That’s understandable that those kooks need to release steam at the peril of implosion. After all there is a black man in the White House. But why would a United States Senator who calls the president a friend debase himself and the office he holds by giving credibility to this kind of nonsense. Should Tom Coburn be impeached?
The electoral process did not produce the result Republicans wanted over the last two electoral cycles. Since then there has been a systematic attempt to diminish and nullify the Black and Latino vote almost nation-wide. Systematic attempts to cast the President as not from the United States(which would disqualify him from holding the office of president). There has been numerous attempts in the Republican controlled House of Representatives to repeal the President’s signature Affordable Care Act (Obama care). There has been sustained and blanket obstructionists tactics employed against the President’s agenda. That Obstructionism includes wholesale opposition to policy suggestions, they and affiliate groups previously supported.
So we ask, when the totality of the evidence is considered ,is there a case made, that Republicans want to nullify Barack Obama’s Presidency? If the answer is in the affirmative, what is the reason for it? Is this just another attempt to antagonize a Democratic President, or is this about Race?