Is Obama Impeachable? Let Me Count the Ways….

Matthew Vadum, The American Spectator

Not that I’ve been watching closely, but so far I count at least four possible grounds for the impeachment of the president of these United States.

I am not suggesting impeachment proceedings would be a good idea. I’m just keeping score, the same thing the president does.

The latest impeachment ground, if President Obama follows through on it, is his kingly proposal to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling without congressional approval.

Liberals are often impervious to reason, preferring to see the Constitution as authorizing everything they see as good and prohibiting everything they see as bad. “When a crisis occurs, instead of solving it, Democrats use it as an excuse to expand their power,” notes Republican historian Michael Zak.

So it wasn’t terribly surprising the other day when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner waved the Fourteenth Amendment around like a magic wand. The fourth clause of the amendment states:

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Obama zombies like liberal Bruce Bartlett seem to think that because “[t]he validity of the public debt of the United States … shall not be questioned” somehow this means a) that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional and b) the president gets to authorize borrowing without congressional approval. Maybe in their eyes there is also an option c) which fantasizes that because debts are falling due borrowing is automatically authorized or mandated by operation of law.

In other words, even though Article I, section 8 of the Constitution provides that Congress has the power “[t]o borrow money on the credit of the United States,” it doesn’t matter. Congressional control over borrowing is irrelevant because the Dear Leader says so.

Why bother having a Congress with the power of the purse then?

In reverse chronological order, the other three prospective grounds for impeachment are….

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A Congressman is On Board: Impeach Obama Over DOMA

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

A sitting Congressman has endorsed the call to impeach President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, told Scott Keyes of ThinkProgress.org he would “absolutely” support impeachment if enough fellow Congressmen would support him. The left-wing blog posted an interview it filmed of the four-term Congressman at the Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit in Phoenix, in which Franks called for holding Obama and Holder accountable for violating the rule of law. Keyes asked if Franks would consider defunding the Department of Justice over its refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Franks called withholding funds from the department “probably the strongest leverage that we have.”

When Keyes asked if Franks personally supported the measure, he responded, “Absolutely. I would support that in a moment. This Department of Justice has proven itself to be so committed to the ideology of Barack Obama that perhaps he should change the name.”

The left-wing blogger then returned to DOMA and raised the subject of impeachment:

Keyes: I know Newt Gingrich has came out [sic.] and said if they don’t reverse course here, we ought to be talking about possibly impeaching either Attorney General Holder or even President Obama to try to get them to reverse course. Do you think that is something you would support?

Frank: If it could gain the collective support, absolutely. I called for Eric Holder to repudiate the policy to try terrorists within our civil courts, or resign. So it just seems like that they have an uncanny ability to get it wrong on almost all fronts.

Franks is the first sitting Congressman to raise the specter of impeachment while in office. However, while successfully campaigning to regain his old House seat last fall, Michigan Republican Tim Walberg said the GOP must be willing to confront Obama “up to and including impeachment.”

Franks joins former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, American Family Radio Network talk show host Bryan Fischer, ACORN expert Matthew Vadum, and others who find the president’s selective defense or enforcement of marriage law to rise to the level of impeachment. Several other prominent figures, including former Congressman and presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo, have called for impeachment on other grounds.

Franks, who represents Arizona’s second Congressional district, is chairman of the Constitution subcommittee and an outspoken critic of Obama’s weak immigration policies.

Is Soros Scared of Impeachment?

ThinkProgress intended this as a hit piece to demonstrate how radical the Republican Congress has become. This venue is significant….

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Another National Talk Show Host Calls Obama “Impeachable”

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

The number of people acknowledging that Barack Obama’s lawless actions deserve impeachment has risen by one. Obama’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is “impeachable,” according to a nationally syndicated, widely quoted talk show host. Bryan Fischer is director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at American Family Association and host of “Focal Point,” which is heard on the 148 radio stations of the American Family Radio Network. Fischer wrote on the AFA’s website:

Obama is violating his oath of office by refusing to defend DOMA. The Constitution he took a solemn and sacred oath to “preserve, protect and defend” requires him in Article II, Section 3 to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This refusal to do his sworn duty makes him derelict in his duty, and is both inexcusable and even impeachable.

Fischer also dedicated a segment of his Thursday program to the DOMA decision.

The Christian broadcaster’s influence is only growing. Newsweek magazine (which apparently still exists) paid Fischer a backhanded compliment in a tongue-in-cheek hit piece entitled, “How Bryan Fischer Became the Newest Media Darling.” It describes how Fischer’s straight talking common sense and Biblical conservatism have attracted a growing national audience — a fact that has caused the dinosaur media to frequently distort, mock, and ridicule Fischer’s message and audience.

Fischer joins a growing list of center-Right (and occasionally far-Left) personalities who believe the president should be investigated, and perhaps impeached and removed from office. Radio talk show host Tammy Bruce called for Obama’s impeachment for bringing the Muslim Brotherhood closer to power in Egypt. (It would be difficult to think of two people further apart politically than Fischer and Bruce.) Another Bryan, Bryan Preston of Pajamas Media’s blog, put impeachment on the table the day before Fischer’s blog.

Within the last two weeks alone Newt Gingrich, ACORN expert Matthew Vadum, and others have stated the president’s actions violate the rule of law, ignore legal precedent, and establish a “rule of men” presided over by Obama — and all have had the courage to say these actions could merit impeachment.

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Conservative ACORN Expert Endorses Impeachment

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

Just days after a writer for the prominent blog Pajamas Media wrote that he “wouldn’t put impeachment off the table,” another highly exposed conservative has called for Barack Obama’s impeachment. Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center wrote on his Twitter account Thursday, “So many reasons to impeach Obama, now he gives us a new one: DOMA. Like it or not it is the law of the land.” Vadum linked to an article at The American Spectator written by Ben Stein entitled, “A Major Constitutional Coup Going on Here,” which discusses Barack Obama’s decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In presidential history, such a dereliction of duty has been exceedingly rare.

Vadum writes for a number of conservative publications, including TAS, and is an acknowledged expert on ACORN….

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