Sunday, March 11, 2012

Impeachment Proceedings Against Obama Have Begun

With the filing of H. CON. RES. 107 by Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) impeachment proceedings against Barry have begun. The resolution brought forth by Rep Jones asserts that "President Pull-Ups" abused his power when he involved the US in military actions in Libya last year.

112th CONGRESS
2d Session
 
H. CON. RES. 107
 
Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


March 7, 2012

Mr. JONES submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
 
Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress's exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress's exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

The resolution now goes to the House Judiciary Committee where they will decide if a House vote is warranted. If the measure is passed by a simple majority vote in the House, then the Barry is impeached and will face a trial in the Senate.

Should this get to the Senate, the Administration will most likely argue that the War Powers Resolution did not apply since US troops were not actively engaged in the fighting and that there were no US "boots on the ground". There could also be the argument made that as a member of NATO, the US was bound to provide support.

Of course there will be the wailing from the left that this is nothing more than a political ploy in an election year by the GOP, but the fact of the matter remains that many legal scholars believe that the "War President" abused his power when he involved US personnel and hardware in the "kinetic action" in Libya; an internal skirmish within a sovereign nation that posed no threat to our national security.

6 comments:

  1. That (unfortunately) is not an article of impeachment. If you look at previous impeachments, e.g., Nixon in 1974 and Clinton in 1998, the resolution would begin, "Resolved, That Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors..." and go on to list specific articles of impeachment citing the offenses for which he is being impeached. This is more of a warning that he could be impeached for usurping the Congress's authority to declare war.

    I wish it was what you thought it was, Chris, but as far as I can tell, this is a showboating exercise of Mr. Jones (so far no one else has apparently signed on as co-sponsor.) It is essentially meaningless unless the House actually has the guts to follow through with a vote on articles of impeachment.

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    1. Rob

      You are correct, but this is the beginning of the process. The actual articles of impeachment that you mention are drafted by the Judiciary Committee if they vote that grounds for such a resolution exist.

      ...
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States#The_federal_impeachment_procedure
      A resolution impeaching a particular individual is typically referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The House Committee on the Judiciary, by majority vote, will determine whether grounds for impeachment exist. If the Committee finds grounds for impeachment they will set forth specific allegations of misconduct in one or more articles of impeachment. The Impeachment Resolution, or Article(s) of Impeachment, are then reported to the full House with the committee's recommendations.
      ...

      So while it may or may not be grandstanding by Rep Jones, the ball is now in the court of the Judiciary Committee, and with a GOP majority there the possibility remains that they could vote favorably for a resolution and send it on to the House for a vote.

      Of course I have little expectation that the Democratic controlled Senate could muster the necessary 2/3 vote to convict, should it get that far.

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  2. Congressional Republicans, committed to their 2010 campaign promise to "do the people's business", have opted to discuss the issues that concern the majority of Americans. 

    No, not the economic recovery (since it is improving dramatically) or national security (since al qaeda has been greatly diminished as a threat) ... instead they have predictably decided to focus on the issues that have become the keystone of conservative politics -- outlawing gay marriage, making contraception less accessible, and mandating that women provide a womb with a view.

    In addition, there seems to be a direct causal relationship between the extent of right wing anxiety and desperation regarding the upcoming election and the magnitude of their irrational anti-Obama rhetoric.

    So they have returned to their favorite turf, hurling hyperbolic rhetoric, racially-insensitive epithets, and fact-devoid, inflammatory accusations about Obama undermining the Constitution and conspiring to create a dictatorship, the evils of birth control, and a mythical "war on Christianity" ... and the American people are responding, "WTF are you talking about???"

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    1. labman

      Thanks for taking the time to comment however, you must have me confused with someone who gives a hoot about putting the GOP version of Barry in the White House. You may not also be aware that I viewed the "Republican Revolution of 2010" as a mere shuffling of the deckchairs as most of those elected were GOP loyalists running under the Tea Party mantle.

      If you have read this blog before, or even noticed the title, you would be aware that I am a libertarian, not a Republican, and it's just a guess here but, I probably share some of the same social views as you.

      As far as the impeachment of Barry goes, I'd almost be willing to bet that many on the left share the belief that he stepped way over the line when he involved our military in the civil war in Libya, a country that was of no threat to our national security. This is the justification for Rep Jones' resolution.

      Here's a funny thing about supporters of President Pull-Ups and people like yourself who rip the hypocrisy of the GOP. Your guy ran as the anti-war candidate, remember. He was going to get us out of our wars, remember. How's that working out?

      Just like the GOP when their guy is in power, Dems are equally as willing to justify the unconstitutional actions of their guy.

      And as someone who wants to put an end to our interventionist foreign policy, I commend Rep Jones for "doing the people's business" by calling out Barry for breaking his oath "to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" by committing US Troops without Congressional approval, which in my opinion ranks as a high crime.

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  3. LET UNITE AS ONE COUNTRY UNDER GOD AND EVICT BARRY SOETORO FOR FRAUD, MURDER, AND VIOLATION OF INFRINGEMENT OF UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, BARRY SOETORO'S SECTION 8 IN THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN CONFISCATED.

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  4. How long will it take till he is out of our White House?

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