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Talks of Impeachment begin...

  • May 25, 2010
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I am going on the record today to clearly state my opposition to the politicization of the Impeachment Process.  When Nixon was pardoned by Ford, many people saw it as a quid pro quo situation.  I do not view it that way.  Ford saved our country from an emotionally draining process that was completely unnecessary in the wake of the troubling resignation of the President.  Nixon wasn't a saint...but none of them are.  WIth the Watergate tapes, America was exposed, for the first time, to the soft underbelly of politics.  To say "they all do it" is cliche and maybe even a bit unfair.  But America was certainly sheltered from the "sausage making process."

The Monica Lewinski ordeal was incredibly embarrasing and unacceptable.  Lying to the Grand Jury was inexcusable.  But the Impeachment process that followed the sex and lies was equally distasteful to me.  The President made a huge mistake and thought he was smart enough to cover his trail.  It would have been much better for the country for Clinton to have come out and admitted the affair and moved on.  He didn't.  But then there is also a human aspect to the story.  The personal embarrassment and bad judgment compounded the situation.  The Impeachment of Clinton made a point, but at what cost?  I value the Office of the Presidency and understand that Americans are willing to "air their dirty laundry" much more publicly than other nations.  But Impeachment should be reserved for only the most serious of violations.

Federal Judges are appointed for life.  If a Federal Judge is convicted of a felony and sentenced to prison, he is allowed to continue to collect his check and is still a Federal Judge.  Until that Judge is impeached, he remains in his position.  That would be an excellent use of the Impeachment process.  A Congressman or other elected official (to include the President) who engages in felonious activity should also be considered for Impeachment.  NIxon's involvement in Watergate is not fully known, but it is clear that he intended to use the CIA to slow the FBI investigation, citing national security issues.  I am not certain what national security would be involved, but Obstructing Justice would fall into the felony category.  Lying to the Grand Jury would also fall into that category.  However, I am not sure that the actual facts surrounding each of these Presidential failures rose to the level of Impeachment for me.

We are now learning that President Obama probably violated Title 18 USC 600.  Joe Sestak, a Congressman from Pennsylvania decided to run for the Senate seat currently occupied by turncoat politician Senator Arlen Specter.  Specter defected to the Democratic Party, probably with some assurances that he would be backed in the event of a primary challenge.  Sestak has gone on record that he was offered a job in exchange for leaving the primary race.  Sestak has a reputation as a straight shooter and statements made by the Administration seem to support the fact that there were conversations with Sestak, the deatails of which have not been revealed.  Sestak, a retired Navy Admiral was likely offered a cabinet position, most likely Secretary of the Navy...which would be a good fit for him.  If that offer was made, it was done at the behest of Rahm Emmanuel and with the tacit support of the President.  It is Obama's cabinet...I am certain that no cabinet level positions are offered without the express consent of the President.  If they are, there is an even more serious problem brewing in the White House.

So if President Obama violated 18 USC 600, a felony (a high crime and misdemeanor that would qualify for Impeachment) what should the measured response be?  I would suggest that the issue should be settled at the polls and not with Impeachment.  At least in the near term.  I am concerned about one other issue.  The crimes committed by Nixon and Clinton were mundane.  They were not electoral crimes.  This is the second time that Obama's Admininstration has tampered with the electoral processs...the prior being Attorney General Holder's decision not to prosecute two Black Panthers who were quite obviously engaged in vote suppression and were caught on video tape holding weapons at the entrance to a polling place.  This is an inexcusable miscarriage of Justice that Obama really has not answered to.  Now he is trying to affect the Senate election in Pennsylvania by offering a job to a challenger to a Senator he promised to support.  Those two factors along wtih Obama's long-term relationship with ACORN...an organization synonymous with voter fraud give me pause.  If this "trend' grows legs, then I would be willing to elevate this issue to the level of Impeachment.  It is very disconcerting to think our President may not respect the electoral process, one of the most sacred pillars of American politics.

At this point, the drama will play out and hopefully Impeachment will not be pursued.  I think it is a waste of lawmakers time when we should be working to fix our economy.  Not with more bailouts and handouts, but with tax breaks and other job stimulating approaches that have been proven to work.  I am not a fan of Keynesian economics which have been proven time and again, to be a failure.  However, someone needs to watch the fox guarding the henhouse.  I have grave concerns about Obama's relationship with ACORN , SEIU (whose initmidation tactics are reminiscent of Hitler's brown shirts) and the track record he is beginning to establish regarding electoral politics.  Impeachment?  No.  But we need to keep a close eye on this issue.
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March 10, 2011
This has largely been whitewashed by the press. It won't be given the light of day until a Republican administration takes over the White House. By then, impeachment of a former President is a non-issue, so methinks Big O is safe.
May 30, 2010
Ditto to what Frankie said and thanks for going into topics that most people steer clear of. Nice one!
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