Article II, Section 4 of the constitution addresses charges that call for the impeachment of “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States”. The term, “high crimes and misdemeanors” refers to illegal offenses committed by those in “high office”, not crimes that rise to the level of a felony. The constitutional standard for all civil officers of the federal government, up to and including the President, is that they should be bound by the law, just as all citizens are. They are not above the law, but are required to obey the law because it is their sworn duty to uphold and enforce the law. Law-breaking on the part of any government official demonstrates a breach of trust with the very citizens they swear to serve.
In a recent letter, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) wrote,
…President Obama abuses his “Executive privilege” to write and rewrite laws on his own, without the consent of Congress, without the consent of the people.
Like onlookers who see a rape being committed before their very eyes, yet do nothing because they are too afraid to get involved, many Americans are standing by, doing nothing while their constitutional form of government is being assaulted. Because they are ignorant of our constitution, our history and our form of government, these bystanders do not really understand what is happening right in front of them. The ACLJ letter continues:
In just the past few weeks, he has
- raised the minimum wage on his own —
- relaxed immigration restrictions on his own (to allow immigrants with “limited” terrorist contacts into our country —
- and rewritten ObamaCare, AGAIN, on his own (even his Attorney General couldn’t tell Congress how he justified this).
- gave Congress and their staff members special taxpayer-funded subsidies for ObamaCare —
- suspended the layoff-notice law —
- cancelled the work requirement for welfare recipients
- and stonewalled a nuclear waste storage application —
All on his own. Without an act of Congress.
The letter goes on to talk about the “recess appointments” Obama has made when the Senate was not in recess. This short list of unconstitutional actions by President Obama is nowhere near exhaustive. But the point is that Obama consistently assumes and exercises powers that are in violation of the constitution and therefore illegal and warranting impeachment.
Everybody today likes to whine, “That’s unconstitutional!” any time they don’t like some law. So, it seems no one cares or listens when it actually is the case that something is unconstitutional. And that is exactly what is happening now. Too many Americans are simply being ignorant bystanders, doing nothing to stop the demise of our constitutional government. But they are not innocent bystanders. They voted for “change”, and they got it. But change is an abstract concept. It can mean anything. And the change we are now witnessing is looking more and more like the transition from life to death.
The change America got was in our form of government. We changed from something like a representative republic to something like a dictatorial kingdom. Obama rules as if he were a monarch, with the powers of a monarch. But for anyone who cares enough to examine it, the U.S. constitution does not give the President the power to make laws. That power is reserved to the Congress. The President’s job is to administer the law. Constitutionally speaking, the President is an executive administrator, not a law maker.
Additionally, our constitution doesn’t design the federal government to regulate people’s lives beyond the limited powers it specifies. All other powers to regulate — most of them — are reserved to the States and to the People. Citizens who are standing around, doing nothing to fight government tyranny don’t understand that. They think the government should ensure that their every need be met. But the fact is that American constitutional freedom means each person is free to do that for himself. When it’s the government’s job to take care of everyone, then the government is in charge of everyone’s life and there can be no more freedom, because the price of freedom is personal responsibility. The compassionate care of those who are unable to care for their own needs was not written into the constitution. That function was never intended to be part of our constitutional government. It is a function of private, voluntary charity.
NOTHING ABOUT ANY OF THESE STATEMENTS IS RACIST. Yes, previous (white) presidents have also abused the constitution. But they are not in office now. Obama is. And NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER ABUSED THE CONSTITUTION TO THE EXTENT THAT OBAMA HAS. To make things worse, celebrity commentators are calling for major amendments to the constitution. But the problem isn’t that the constitution needs to be changed. The problem is that the constitution isn’t being followed. If the constitution isn’t being followed now, what makes them think a new constitution would be followed?
These misguided efforts to make more “change” completely miss the sad and outrageous fact that representational government simply can’t work if the citizens don’t participate in their own self-governance. Without across-the-board citizen participation, government ceases being representative. Those in leadership become a professional ruling class who decide they know best what’s good for everyone. So they gradually assume more and more power. And while the government increasingly resembles a dictatorship, the electorate increasingly resemble sheep — not free men.
Too many people want the government to be something it was never designed to be. It follows that they want the government to do things it was never designed to do. And when those people end up running the government, they simply do what they want to do — regardless of whether or not it’s in the constitution. Equally, they assume discretion in the enforcement of laws that are already on the books, acting as if they are sovereign and therefore entitled to ignore any laws they do not like.
This spirit of lawlessness characterizes Obama but is not limited to his administration. The “dictatorship” of Obama is enabled by the “oligarchy” of Congress and complicit courts. They represent themselves and their own agenda, not the people. Congress is culpable because they have participated in the breaching of our constitution by not doing anything about it. They have stood by, not wanting to get involved, while Obama exercises his imperial rule. I consider it outrageous that Obama’s actions, listed above, in the ACLJ letter, have not yet resulted in his impeachment. A congress that truly represents America’s interests would have already begun impeachment proceedings. But Obama seems to be able to do whatever he wants to do, without any accountability to the citizens of this nation or to the elected officials who represent us.
I see three reactions to this issue: 1) “It simply doesn’t bother me. I don’t see it that way”; 2) “It bothers me. I’m going to get involved or take some action”; or 3) “It bothers me, but I can’t do anything about it” (so they stand by and do nothing). I’d like to make some suggestions to those who identify with reaction #3. When the mid-term elections come up this year, plan to exercise your right to vote. Don’t be a bystander. Bystanders are no longer innocent in this day and age. Get informed. If you don’t trust the Republicans, consider a party who stands for what you believe. I recommend the Constitution Party.
But regardless of your political inclinations or your stand on various issues, consider adding your voice to a call for the end of Obama’s unconstitutional government. Check out the petition to impeach Obama and the Candidate Pledge to Impeach at http://www.pledgetoimpeach.com. It’s up to you whether you choose to care enough to act, or just stand by and do nothing. You’ll have to live with that choice, too, because whatever happens, it’s going to affect us all.