In 1868, Democrat Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives on 11 counts of “high crimes and misdemeanors” after defiantly removing Edward M Stanton as secretary of war. The House could not muster the votes to actually remove him from office and he was found innocent of the charges.
In 1974 Richard Nixon resigned as President, for the purpose of avoiding certain impeachment proceedings against him, for the crime of covering up a politically motivated burglary of the Democratic National Committee offices in Washington DC. Few would argue whether this cover-up constituted a “high crime” or “misdemeanor”. Others of his staff went to prison in the aftermath of this crime, but Nixon avoided any penalty due to his cowardly resignation.
In 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House for, effectively, lying about an extra-marital affair. That’s it. Republicans spent $25 million over 5 years trying to get anything they could on this guy, and ended up with nothing more nefarious but a blow-job. Clinton stood his ground and was found innocent of any “high crimes or misdemeanors”.
Now, Barack Obama, having waited over a year for the House, under John Boehner, to even vote on immigration legislation, has decided to stare down the do-nothing Congress and use his constitutional powers to create executive orders that would attempt to resolve our dire immigration problems. And the Repubs, absolutely apoplectic over the fact that their mid-term “mandate”, as they keep calling it, did not terrorize this guy, are running in circles and stamping their feet because he won’t do what they say. They seem to have forgotten another of these mandates that was given only two years ago, WHEN THE COUNTRY RE-ELECTED BARACK OBAMA! They also forget that Ronny Reagan AND GW Bush both used the same Presidential powers to give amnesty to the same illegal immigrants we’re talking about right now.
You know, Repubs love to talk about how tough they are and how weak Democrats are. Yeah, Repubs consider themselves tough when they send other people’s kids off to war, but as Richard Nixon proved, they run for the hills when they have to face any serious opposition or impeachment, even for serious matters.
Yet Barack Obama is showing true political courage in the face of vacuous impeachment threats, years of so-called investigations by Darrell Issa, and one of the most ineffective legislatures in the history of the US. Funny how Congress seems to want to get back to work as soon as they hear the word impeachment.
You know, I’d like to see them try. I’d like to see them make the same idiots out of themselves they did in 1868 and 1998. I’d like to see them impeach Barack Obama in the Congress and see if it sticks.
Obama is showing the kind of courage that scares and confuses Repubs. It’s about time.
As far as his “low” approval ratings are concerned, 40% is not too bad when you consider that half the country is Repub anyway. Repubs seem to have forgotten the fact that their favorite son, George “Cowboy” Bush was at 19% in his 6th year.
I vote for the Barack Obama a third time if only I could…impeach that!