Omar M. Campbell: US falling down slope
November 21, 2013
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