No Republican who wants a successful November election return would advocate impeaching President Barack Obama right now, at least no Republican who understands the political consequences.
Democrats have largely driven the impeachment rumors after grassroots activists on the right broached the possibility. The U.S. House opted to file a lawsuit against the president for numerous changes to the Affordable Care Act.
In part those executive office changes will restore the cost-shifting one federal court used as the basis to deem the law constitutional.
The lawsuit arose in a climate where even liberal voices have called for curtailing the overreach on executive power Obama has exercised.
Americans have a memory about as long-lived as a drop of water on a hot griddle, but fact is, more than 200 Democrats voted twice to impeach President George W. Bush for “high crimes and misdemeanors” [H. Res. 1258] and “Raising a question of privileges of the House” [H. Res. 1345]. Both resolutions quoted left of center media articles to justify the impeachment proceedings.
Had Democrats actually impeached him, the climate surrounding Obama would likely be more conducive to the same for him, but common sense prevailed and the Bush impeachment proceedings went nowhere after the votes.
The bills were introduced by then Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) who touted his liberal credentials even as he supported anti-American efforts like suppression of the First Amendment via the Fairness Doctrine. Like many modern “liberals,” much of Kucinich’s political ideology veered towards socialism and government as answer to all prayers. The contemporary movement self-described as “liberal” functions in the same manner a zealous religious movement would, except the Kucinich government-theology has the power of physical force behind it.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) co-sponsored a bill with Kucinich, but she fabricated a story for media claiming Democrats did not “seek an impeachment.” Deem Lee’s statement hat-on-fire.
Fact is more than 200 Democrats backed the effort to impeach a Republican president. At present, no Republican in the House has introduced any resolution to impeach the Democrat Obama.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 31, 2014)
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