From day one of every American president’s tenure in office, there are people calling for his (or her, as we shall see after the 2016 election) impeachment. Usually it’s the disgruntled folks sore that their candidate lost the election, and in these cases it’s mostly acknowledged that they don’t really think he should be impeached.
But there is no shortage of people who, on day one, believe there is a legitimate case to make for a newly inaugurated president’s impeachment, usually on the grounds that, according to them, election fraud had been committed, or—maybe in my case, maybe not, wink—that the president was not in fact constitutionally eligible to be president, ahem.
President Obama has without doubt committed crimes (you leftists do know that going against the Constitution is a crime, right?). Even far-left Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich is on record calling for Obama’s impeachment. He was upholding his own leftist principles in doing so, but I can easily imagine every single Democrat in Congress is also on board with Obama’s impeachment, if only because it will strengthen them in the midterm elections next year.
If I were a Democrat, I would be micturating myself in merriment that 29 members of Congress are now officially pursuing impeachment charges against Obama. The last straw for them was Obama’s changing of parts of Obamacare, in effect breaking that separation of the powers of the Executive and the Legislative branches.
When President Clinton was impeached, Democrat voters, and the center-leftists who had become more or less ambivalent toward him, suddenly rallied around him and other Democratic politicians. That is precisely—precisely—what will happen if Republicans officially impeach Obama. Republicans will be crushed in 2014 by Democrat voters who will have become re-energized by what they will have perceived as an attack on them.
A piece at MrConservative.com by a not-clearly-thinking Robert Rich states, “As the president’s approval ratings continue to sink to new, lowest levels, it does not seem that Obama will finish his second term.”
Mr. Rich, along with the ecstatic conservative commenters below the article, seems not to understand that impeaching a president does not actually remove him from office. The Senate decides if impeachment is going to move forward with the actual recalling, or removal, of a president.
Now in what version of America do these people think we live that two thirds of a Democrat-majority Senate would vote for the recall of a president whom most of them admire and respect and for whom they do his every bidding?
Pragmatism is of the utmost importance if Republicans hope to make any inroads in society. Either that or heavy-handed fascism to suppress the left, which, at this point, I wouldn’t be against at all. But since Republicans insist on being weak, their only hope for keeping what little influence they have and possibly gaining more is if they learn the underrated virtue of pragmatism.
It will be argued, probably in the comments below, that filing impeachment charges is a strong move, not a weak one. But strength with no purpose served but a damaging one has the same effect as weakness and therefore is just as worthless as weakness. If Republicans want to be seen as the party who “lynched” America’s First Black President, Can I Get a A-mayen!, which is exactly how the media will portray it, then by all means, Republicans, enjoy yourselves going down in that ball of flames.
If you’re this stupid, you deserve it.