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Will GOP Congressional leaders do their duty?

Or must they all go Cantor’s way?

The Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, says that, when it comes to enforcing border security and U.S. immigration laws, Obama “remains committed to escalating—rather than ending—the lawlessness.”  He goes on to claim that “Republicans…are the last bulwark for the rule of law.” Yet and still the GOP leadership in Congress refuses to implement the Constitution’s provisions for calling a lawless Executive to account for his offenses.   As I noted in a recent article on my blog (“GOP leaders—a craven of cowards?”) their refusal to do so raises trenchant doubts about the outcry against lawlessness and dereliction being raised by Senator Session and others.SmallLogoLTL

Are these matters as serious as the outraged cries of Obama’s GOP opponents make them out to be?  Or has the outcry against Obama on all these matters been nothing but partisan posturing, for political effect.  Are GOP criticisms the dutiful work of serious patriots, or deceitful posturing from self-serving politicos who are actually convinced that Obama has done nothing that deserves a serious response from Congress or the electorate?

According to the story I discuss in my blog post GOP leaders are afraid that carrying out their Constitutional duty to call Obama to account will interfere with their plans for the November election.  Apparently they are utterly enthralled by the self-serving, power mad, Machiavellian political culture they have substituted for representative government. So, while Obama attacks the security and sovereignty of the nation, they refuse to embark upon the path the Constitution provides, all because they fear to lose elective offices that, by this dereliction, they degrade to shameful sinecures.

Because they have no sense of the deep betrayal involved in thus abdicating their sworn duty to God and their fellow citizens, they foolishly assume it will not disappoint, disgust and anger the very voters their connivance aims to win. But instead of winning, this self-seeking dereliction may set them up for a breathtaking defeat.  For if the allegations against Obama have merit, common sense and fairness demand that Constitutional due process be respected.  Defaming Obama from the election stump, while refusing to implement the Constitution’s provisions for a serious national inquest into his conduct and that of his collaborators, suggests that the GOP leaders “believe they can only score political gains in November by lynching Obama from the election stump, because they lack sufficient evidence and Constitutional justification for the accusations they have made against him.”

Thus, in addition to alienating habitual supporters, disgusted by their tolerance for Obama’s outrages, reports of the politically motivated fears of GOP Congressional leaders also lend credence to Obama’s supporters when they contend that GOP allegations against him are entirely motivated by partisan and/or racial bigotry.  The GOP’s sharp criticism of Obama takes on the appearance of a scheme to prejudice public opinion, using unsubstantiated allegations, while slyly depriving him of the right to a solemn Constitutional inquest and a trial in which judgment would be guided by facts and constitutional reasoning. This is what both common sense and common decency require.

Given present circumstances, this refusal to respect the Constitution’s provisions for enforcing Executive branch accountability also shows the utmost contempt for the constitutional sovereignty of the American people. If the impeachment/removal process is conducted with due propriety, the fall elections will take place while the investigative stage of the impeachment process is still under way.  This timing will allow voters to have a say in the composition of the U.S. House and Senate, before those bodies formally act upon the results of the investigative process.  But instead of facilitating the participation of the American people in the impeachment/removal process in this way, the GOP leadership seems anxious to cut them out of it.

Their politically calculated refusal to do their duty idea suggests that they are anxious to make sure that what they claim is Obama’s lawlessness; his reckless endangerment of border and national security; his dictatorial abuse of executive orders; and the dealings with terrorists by which he seems to offer aid and comfort to our enemies; do not become the focal points of decision making for voters as they make their choices for national office in the fall elections.

Apparently the GOP’s Congressional leaders would rather hand Obama a rhetorical stick with which to beat them into silence about his egregious offenses, than call him to account in a way that makes those offenses the galvanizing national issue on which the 2014 election turns.  Are they really afraid that the Constitutional process will spoil their plans for victory in the fall?  Or does their real concern have to do with the possibility that focusing on Obama’s clearly impeachable conduct would produce an election result that would:

  1. spoil their plans for continued collaboration with Obama on the elitist faction agenda for issues like amnesty for illegal immigrants; fixing (rather than repealing) Obamacare; massive infringement of the right to keep and bear arms; and increasing taxes and government debt; and
  2. Result in GOP majorities in Congress that cast doubt on their excuses for refusing to proceed expeditiously with the impeachment/trial of Obama and his cohorts.

This fog of self-serving, self-defeating “fears” and sly intentions would dissipate if the GOP leadership simply gave up the Machiavellian effort to advance the treacherous agenda of the elitist faction forces they presently serve.  Instead, they should take up their sworn duty— to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the laws made in pursuance thereof; and frankly represent the people who vote them into office.  Sadly, I doubt that they will ever do this on their own.  But a strong expression of the political will of the people could make the difference. The pledge to impeach mobilization aims to gather and make manifest this political will. Have you taken the pledge?  Are you encouraging others to do so?

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  • John R. Lancellotti June 17, 2014, 8:57 am

    I agree with Jcoles. Impeaching before a trial is possible in the Senate is an empty gesture. The Senate’s majority leader, a Democrat, would never let it happen. I say fight to hold onto the House and capture the Senate in November and then move for impeachment. Let Obama spend the last two years of his time in office defending his efforts to destroy America. And that’s what he’s been doing. As you all know, his father believed America was a colonial power and Obama, in his book Dreams FROM My Father, behaves the same way. Best always, John R.

    • Alan Keyes June 17, 2014, 12:21 pm

      If the GOP and the Dems are two wings of the same faction, it won’t matter if the GOP captures the Senate. The elitist faction put Obama in place. He and those who collaborate with him (including especially the GOP’s quisling leadership) are pursuing a common agenda adverse to the good of the nation. (As both Madison {Federalist 10} and Washington {Farewell Address} said, this self-serving sacrifice of the common good is the defining characteristic of a “faction”. That’s why I use the term.)

      Constitutional constraints pose and obstacle to the elitist faction agenda. It’s aim is to maintain the facade of Constitutional continuity while discarding those constraints. This requires that Obama’s abusively unconstitutional actions be left intact to serve as precedents for the tyranny to come. Therefore the elitist faction GOP leadership wants the impeachment/removal provisions to be regarded as a dead letter (along with the 2nd, 9th and Tenth Amendments.)

      The pledge to impeach mobilization aims to outflank this treacherous position by producing a visible expression of the political will of the people. If it succeeds, the outcome of the 2014 election will have to be regarded as a mandate for impeachment/removal. Voters can achieve this if a sufficiently large number of them take a simple step, that doesn’t require massive money or media. Yet it will create a factual perception that directly affects the actions of candidates in the 2014 election, and the political environment in which the 2015 Congress convenes.

      Anyone who truly wants to bring Obama’s assault on the Constitution to an and has no excuse for refusing to join the pledge to impeach mobilization. The mobilization is about expressing the will to impeach/remove. If the expression of will is powerful enough, it makes a successful overall outcome likely. If it is not, impeachment will not take place, and doubts about a successful outcome in the U.S. Senate are irrelevant. Therefore, expressing such doubts serves no purpose but to thwart and discourage the visible build-up of political will in favor of defeating the elitist faction’s anti-constitutional agenda. Why would people committed to saving the Constitution, want to do that?

      If people who profess to care about the Constitution refuse to do something this easy to save it, they surely won’t have the will to do the much harder, more costly and dangerous things that will be required once the Constitution’s provisions for removing would-be tyrants have been conclusively overtaken by events. As I’ve said before, the pledge to impeach mobilization is one of those things for which the famous Nike slogan was invented: Just do it!

  • knowsit June 17, 2014, 12:02 am

    I disagree here.
    In any impeachment proceeding, the accusations made must be available to the general public to draw their own conclusions.
    The problem would be with the LSM, who most likely would circle the wagons in an attempt to protect Obama.
    But then, I m convinced the media will do so at the risk of their own destruction, if these proceedings would be televised on ESPN .

  • jcoles June 16, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Reality has to enter the writer’s world at sometime … and that means impeaching Comrade-Imam Obama without even a hope of conviction in the Senate would do much more harm than good.
    Until and unless we have a substantial majority in the Senate there is no point to even trying impeachment … Not only a majority but nationwide election results that make plain to Democrat Senators that their political lives will be ended if they don’t support conviction upon impeachment.
    The pejoratives used by this writer in describing Republicans in Congress betray a person so angry as to have lost his long term think-it-through a ility.
    I want Obozo gone as much as any patriot does but if we’re to regain control of the levers of governance power we have to keep our wits about us and win one victory at a time until we can first neuter the tyrant … Then depose him.

    • Alan Keyes June 16, 2014, 3:15 pm

      Without changing the Congress, you’re right, a premature impeachment move would do more harm than good. The move must come in response to an organized expression of the political will of the American people. That’s why the pledge to impeach mobilization is a strategy to get the Congress needed to impeach/remove by leveraging the voting power of people determined to save America’s liberty.
      You need to think things through dynamically instead of assuming that the November elections can make no difference. Go to http://www.pledgetoimpeach.com, read and think through the strategy presented there. Look at the number there, and imagine the political effect, in the last three weeks of the election, if and when it reaches a million or more who have signed on. Reaping that many votes with one move will be a temptation to just about every candidate running who is not wearing a Democrat label.
      You might also want to read and think through the posts I’ve made on this blog. If and when you do you’ll realize that the whole point of the pledge to impeach strategy is to address the issue you raise in the only way it can be addressed- with an election strategy aimed at using voter leverage to produce an impeachment/removal Congress in November.

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