By Don Feder – BarbWire guest contributor
In the past, I’ve advised against trying to impeach the reprobate-in-chief. It seemed futile and self-defeating.
I’ve changed my mind.
Whether or not it succeeds, it’s the only way for Republicans to show that they’re serious about stopping a president who’s like a car without brakes barreling down a mountainside – smashing the Constitution and running over representative government.
Congressional Republicans, led by the Indomitable John Boehner and Stalwart Mitch McConnell, are said to be considering such drastic measures as – have mercy! – suing Obama.
Other suggested remedies include denying funding to programs which would oversee the amnesty and refusing to pass a continuing resolution on spending.
McConnell, who’s already said he won’t use the power of the purse to counter the presidential diktat, says that if Obama treats Congress like an advisory board here, he will “poison the well.” Such nancy-boy talk must make the president quake in his jackboots
But why impeachment?
Do I expect the GOP to go for it? Be real. That would take brains and guts. Republicans are Republicans. Even if a bill of impeachment passed the House, it would take a miracle comparable to Hillary Clinton being crowned Miss America and Nancy Pelosi Dancing With the Stars to get two-thirds of the Senate to vote to remove him from office.
Still, conservatives – and the few Congressional Republicans with kishkas – should push for it, if only to show the world that we’re not all big weenies.
But didn’t the Clinton impeachment really hurt the GOP? That’s the media spin. In fact, in the next election, Republicans lost a handful seats in Congress (while maintaining their majority in the House), but won the White House. Even if the electoral repercussions are severe, sometimes you have to take a bullet for the Constitution.
For the record, Clinton’s impeachable offense was small potatoes compared with what Obama has in mind. Clinton committed a felony – lying under oath. Obama is plotting a full frontal assault on the Constitution’s separation of powers.
Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, says of the move, “What the president is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution.” Turley explains: “We have a separation of powers to give us balance. It’s there to protect liberty. It’s there to keep any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.”
In an attempt to rationalize his power-grab, the president says that as soon as Congress gives him an “immigration reform” bill that’s exactly what he wants, he’ll sign it and tear up his executive order. That’s like a rapist telling his victim that as soon as she agrees to have sex with him, he’ll stop assaulting her.
Who else thinks amnesty by executive order for five million illegal aliens is unconstitutional? The president. Barack Obama Model 2013 said such an action would be “violating our laws” and “difficult to defend legally,”
In answer to demands from open-borders fanatics, Obama explained: “The problem is, is that I’m president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws.”
Enter the Emperor O, who’s about to execute the Constitution.
In his 2006 autobiography, Obama conceded that an influx of illegals depressed “the wages of blue-collar Americans” and “put a strain on an already overburdened safety net.” Also that “there is no denying many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border.” They may even more anxious, with the black unemployment rate more than double that of whites (11.4% to 5.3%). Juan from Guatemala isn’t going to take the job of John the investment counselor.
Any amnesty will keep those waves crashing on our shores. It’s no coincidence that shortly after the president suspended enforcement action against the “Dreamers,” the latest flood from Central America started (300,000 this year alone). The more we accommodate those already here, the more we encourage others to come.
The Center for Immigration Studies discloses that the planned amnesty will include 36,007 hardcore criminals – among them those convicted of homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping and rape. And the next wave will bring in more criminals, terrorists and low-skilled workers.
The American people know this.
An August Rasmussen Report poll showed 62% of likely voters opposed the proposed executive amnesty. Only 26% supported unilateral presidential action.
Other polls this summer showed: 65% favor faster deportation (CBS News), 70% said illegal immigration “threatened traditional American beliefs” and 75% think illegal aliens place a “burden on our economy” (both Reuters). In a FOX News exit poll, when voters were asked what was the most important issue facing the country, illegal immigration was third, after the economy and health care.
And in the only poll that ultimately counts, on November 4, Oregon voters repealed a law giving drivers licenses to border-jumpers by a vote of 67.4%. This is the only time voters have had a chance to pass on such absurdities, and liberal Oregon rejected it by a landslide.
Congressional Republicans seem to think they’re going to serve for life. If they ignore their base, it will be a very short life. As a campaign issue, “We’re not Obama” is good for another 18 months, max.
Since 2008, the president’s party has lost 13 Senate seats (soon to be 14 when Landrieu loses the runoff) and 69 seats in the House of Representatives – a massive repudiation of his leftist ideology.
The Republicans who replaced them weren’t sent to Washington to write sonnets on the glories of bipartisanship while Obama dismantles the Constitution.
The GOP base (which increasingly includes women and independents) is livid. When President George W. Bush tried to push an amnesty through Congress in 2006, angry callers melted down the congressional switchboard.
If Obama is allowed to get away with making himself two-thirds of the federal government, what’s next? Perhaps he’ll write his own budget, instead of waiting for Congress to send him one.
Say Congress does put restrictions on appropriations for ICE. If Obama can change the legislative process by executive decree, why can’t he change the appropriations process the same way?
Maybe he’ll make the five million amnestied (with the stroke of the executive pen) citizens, in time for the 2016 election.
In every election, the Grand Old Party counts on the middle class being so terrified by the Party of Plunder that they’ll rush to embrace Republicans regardless of what GOP candidates say or do.
But Middle American fear of the Democrats is an account that can’t be drawn on indefinitely.
If in the next election, the Republican base decides the party didn’t do diddly to keep Obama from creating the most dangerous precedent imaginable (and continuing to erode our national identity in the process) well – you remember the 4 million Republican voters who stayed home in 2012?
The Whigs are lonely and would enjoy company in the dead parties burial ground.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.
First published at the GrassTopsUSA website.
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