Omar M. Campbell: US falling down slope

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The Constitution provides for removal from office of public officials. “Bribery, treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors” are the most often cited reasons. However, actions that “subvert the structure of government or undermine the integrity of office or even the Constitution itself” are also “high” offenses deserving impeachment. Charges are made by the House and tried by the Senate.

Past impeachments in the U.S. have unseated 23 governors and judges from 1804 to 2009 (Blagojevich, of Illinois).

Three presidents have faced impeachment.

Andrew Johnson, vice president with Abraham Lincoln, became president when Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Charged by the House in 1868 over reconstruction of the South, he was acquitted in the Senate trial by only one vote.

Richard Nixon escaped impeachment for his involvement in the Watergate break-in by resigning. The House was preparing to charge him and the Senate to try him. He was pardoned by Vice-President Gerald Ford, who then became president.

William Jefferson Clinton was charged in the House with perjury for lying under oath in a court case and for his well-known peccadillos. I can still hear liberal Sen. Maxine Waters repeating over and over that his behavior “did not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.” Of course, he was acquitted by the liberal Senate. His legacy as a moral and ethical role-model, particularly for young people, is not a very good one.

I am not suggesting that our present national CEO be impeached. It would never happen with the party-loyal Democrats in Congress acting as prosecutors and judges.

High crimes and morals are certainly not a cause. However, the other reasons cited in the first paragraph above do appear to apply. Scandals on his watch include: IRS, GAO, AP, NSA, Fast & Furious, Bengazi, Obamacare, unkept campaign promises and the trillions of debt.

Executive orders issued to bypass Congress, a cavalier attitude toward the Constitution, “evolving” on traditional marriage, choosing which laws to have A.G. Holder enforce, and a general lack of experience, leadership and statesmanship add to the list. His talents seem to be TV ops and community organizing to keep his liberal party in power.

Obama’s announced goal during his first campaign was to transform America. Toward what? A socialist welfare state?

I have read or heard enough about “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” to draw similarities. The U.S. is starting down the fall slope.

Omar M. Campbell

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Kevin Chapman 4 months, 4 weeks ago

More rhetoric.... you are a hyperbolic mess Omar. Polarizing articles such as this one are the very reason our congress can't get anything done.

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Scott Wedel 4 months, 4 weeks ago

What a bizarre letter. It spends a lot of time describing previous impeachments, then admits there is no basis to impeach Obama on charges of high crimes or morals, and yet decides Obama should be impeached anyway.

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mark hartless 4 months, 4 weeks ago

"... starting to fall down the slope." ??? Starting??

Of all the charges which Omar levels at the Chief Executive Narcissist, the most egregious by far is the President's blatant willingness to issue decrees and executive orders as if he was King.

However, commiting this crime against the people and the Constitution requires a parternership. The Congress's silence makes it complicit in this treasonous act; and make no mistake, treason it is.

Sadly, most Americans are too ignorant to grasp the magnitude of negative implications of allowing a President or Congress to usurp them and their Constitution.

Rather than express displeasure at the erosion of their individual liberties, most americans seem only capable of basicallyresponding with "well, Bush did it too...", or by telling messengers like Omar to shut up, demanding more free stuff from Uncle Scam and satisfying their basest desires with little regard for their fellow men or society as a whole.

Bread and circuses marked the waning days of Rome. The people, oblivious to their position, blissfully cheered at the Colosseum while their republic went down the drain.

It was between 500 and 700 years after Romes fall before anyone on Earth experienced the living standards they lost while cheerfully watching the gladiators butcher each other.

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John St Pierre 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I guess sending 4200 american servicemen to their deaths with full knowledge that the pretense was a total fabrication was not grounds for Bush/Cheney Impeachment???

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mark hartless 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Rather than "polorizing articles" being the culprit I believe our government's inability to function can be better attributed to something else.

The staunch inability, even utter refusal of the electorate to acknowledge fault, wrongdoing, even crime, when committed by those with whom they are pollitically associated... THAT is what is killing the functionality of government.

Republicans saw no fault in Bush's attack on the free market and on soverign nations without provocation. Democrats who squealed "war criminal" and bemoaned his Patriot Act attack on basic civil rights now sit by quiet as church mice while Obama carrise the same water from the same bitter well.

Everyone will end up drinking that water no matter which criminal fills your glass. Yet nobody seems to mind drinking the dregs from the cup so long as it was filled by their pollitical sympathisers. Sad...

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Is the USA on the slippery slope from a constitutional republic and the rule of law to a democracy - 50 + 1 the rule of the majority. "If the right of free and open debate is taken away from the minority party and the millions of Americans who ask us to be their voice, I fear that the already partisan atmosphere will be poisoned to the point where no one will be able to agree on anything. That doesn't serve anyone's best interests and it certainly isn't what the patriots who founded this democracy had in mind..." "We should make no mistake. This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab by the majority party, propelled by its extreme right and designed to change the reading of the Constitution, particularly as it relates to individual rights and property rights. It is nothing more or nothing less. Let me take a few moments to explain that. Folks who want to see this change want to eliminate one of the procedural mechanisms designed for the express purpose of guaranteeing individual rights, and they also have a consequence, and would undermine the protections of a minority point of view in the heat of majority excess. We have been through these periods before in American history but never, to the best of my knowledge, has any party been so bold as to fundamentally attempt to change the structure of this body." Lest you think these quotes are sour grapes from Republicans. The first is then Sen. Obama, the second is then Sen. Biden, both in 2005. I find it an interesting juxtaposition that a 200 year old filibuster rule would be thrown out between the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address, the Battle of Gettysburg being an American tragedy and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, also an American tragedy. This seems like an enormous power grab (not a single Republican voted in favor of removing the filibuster rule) and coming on the heels of the ACA rollout (not a single Republican vote for the ACA) it appears the Democratic Party is determined to impose as many of their policies as possible because they know better then the majority of the citizens of the USA. I know, Obama won a majority of the electoral vote in 2012 but here is the recent Rasmussen Poll regards the Democrats Health Care push. Monday, November 18, 2013

Unfavorable views of the national health care law have risen to their highest levels this year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 38% of Likely U.S. Voters now have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the new national health care law. That’s down seven points from 45% a month ago. Fifty-eight percent (58%) view the law unfavorably, up five points from the previous survey and the highest finding in regular surveying since early January. These findings include 15% with a Very Favorable opinion of the law and 45% with a Very Unfavorable one, another high for the year.
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