Opinion by Patricia L Johnson
A day or two ago I wandered over to my local post office to mail a package and almost could not believe my eyes. Sitting in the grassy area was a small structure that resembled a pulpit with two or three men standing around with signs saying “IMPEACH OBAMA”. I assume the pulpit was assembled for the primary purpose of having the local idjits* sign a petition demanding impeachment.
It would be virtually impossible for this President to be impeached and anyone that doesn’t understand that fact, for whatever reason, may want to think twice about voting in any election.
Any sort of impeachment proceeding against President Obama now is nothing more than another exercise in futility, a waste of time and yet another incredible waste of taxpayer funds.
The Constitution of the United States sets forth the rules for impeachment which can be found in the following articles:
Article I, Sec. 2, Cl. 5; Article 1, Sec. 3, Cl. 6 & 7; Article II, Sec. 2, Cl. 1; and Article 2, Sec. 4.
In a nutshell, the 435-member House of Representatives has the sole power to write up Articles of Impeachment pertaining to the President of the United States. Our U.S. House is controlled by our “do-nothing” Republicans, but believe me if it came to writing Articles of Impeachment, they would find a way to “get ‘er done”.
The next hurdle however is the trial. The Senate has the sole power to try impeachments; however the President cannot be convicted without two-thirds of the Members present voting for conviction. The majority of the 100 members in the U.S. Senate are Democrats, which means not only would all Republicans have to vote for conviction of the charges, a large percentage of Democrats would also have to vote for conviction. A monumental task at best considering the fact this POTUS has done nothing other than attempt to do his job with little or no help from the obstructionist party.
When all is said and done the President would have to be convicted of more than one of the articles in order to be tossed out of office and that simply is impossible, based on current regulations.
Former Governor Sarah Palin is the first individual that called for impeachment of President Obama in an Op-Ed she wrote exclusively for breitbart.com an excerpt follows:
“It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.
The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”
Over the years Governor Palin has made more than one major blunder when talking politics, but her comment in the exclusive article saying “it’s time to impeach” President Obama has to be, without a doubt, at the top of the list when it comes to ‘less than smart’. Apparently Palin has little or no concept of the procedures involved in impeaching the POTUS; if she did she would know it would be virtually impossible to impeach this President.
My question for the day is this: If the Former Governor of Alaska, who ran for the position of Vice President of the United States of America in the 2008 election appears not to be able to comprehend the requirements for impeaching a POTUS, what hope is there for the level of intelligence of the rest of the members of the Tea Party?
Seems to me that when you run for any office in the United States Government you should know something about how the Government is supposed to be run. News reports are indicating two more Tea Party candidates, are also calling for impeachment. Is the Party of do-nothing also the Party of know-nothing?
*idjit is not spelled incorrectly. I am using this new word to describe those politicians that fall into the possibly ‘less than intelligent’ category on the scale of government knowledge 🙂
© 2014 Patricia L Johnson