The GOP’s Political Salvation: Impeachment?

by Ben Johnson

So far, the first person to seriously raise the issue of impeaching Barack Obama over his illegal, unconstitutional war in Libya is Dennis Kucinich. That means the man whose ideas may do the most to unite the Republican Party is a Democrat.

To be clear, impeachment is a constitutional remedy for a president intent upon violating its strictures. Unfortunately, it is also a political act, which means politicians must feel they have sufficient support before undertaking it. Many authorities have stated the Libyan intervention rises to the level of an impeachable offense. However, it might simultaneously be the perfect storm necessary to pluck Obama out of office, splinter the Democratic coalition, or weld Republicans together.

Months into the new Republican Congress, the GOP Establishment worries it will not be able to corral the Tea Party. Despite pseudoconservative attempts to order Tea Party members around and establishment promises to “co-opt them,” this citizens’ uprising induces fear and loathing in the political class on both sides of the aisle.

To mollify their constituents, Congressional Republicans have tried to prove they are serious about the Constitution and cutting the deficit. They have passed bills requiring members to cite specific constitutional authorization. To date, the Beltway Republicans’ miniscule budget cuts not satisfied the disaffected populist movement.

What might work? Impeachment.

King Obama’s war-by-decree was launched with zero constitutional authority. Obama did not obtain a declaration of war, nor even a Congressional “authorization of force.” Libya not only did not pose an “imminent threat” to the United States but no new threat whatsoever. In fact, the George W. Bush administration boasted of its successes in frightening Qaddafi into abandoning his WMD program, for which Bush repaid him generously. Somehow, Qaddafi’s civil war became an American “emergency.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney claimed Obama did not consult Congress because he believes “delaying action will cost lives.” After consulting with every deliberative body in the world except Congress, Obama dragged our boys into a civil war in the Muslim world that holds no security interest for us at all.

It should come as no surprise the Libyan fiasco has the lowest approval rating of any military action since Gallup started measuring them. Nearly as many Americans oppose (37 percent) as support it (47 percent). Independents oppose intervention by six percentage points. And, as the Carpenters said, we’ve only just begun.

President Obama has taken pains to claim the armed forces are not making war but are waging a “kinetic military action.” However, U.S. forces are leading more than two-thirds of the…kinesis. The Associated Press reported this morning the U.S. hand-off to NATO has not yet been hammered out, and U.S. forces will “remain key parts of the effort.”

Despite attempts at coalition-building, even the nations that invited the United States into the region are turning their backs on us. The Arab League has rolled up the red carpet. Only Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will participate in this military action, leaving the league’s 20 other members sitting in condemnation.

Why shouldn’t they? Why is the U.S. military entering a third war on behalf of “rebels” who call themselves “mujahedin”? Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who directed the jihadists killing Americans in Iraq, personally visited this region of Libya to see “this city that is sending so many” holy warriors his way. According to the Jerusalem Post, al-Qaeda supports the rebels.

Would American interests really be served by seating these forces in place of a mercurial but occasionally amenable dictator? Has anyone in the West Wing even asked the question?

Republicans should investigate a host of impeachable offenses committed by this president. Libya, though, is unique.

The Republicans are not the only party with a base to court. Obama’s decision is deeply unpopular among the netroots activists who determine his party’s primaries – the ones who chose Obama over Clinton in 2008, and Ned Lamont over Joe Lieberman in 2006. They oppose this war and increasingly, the Obama administration. They are angry Obama has not withdrawn all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, closed the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, or discontinued Bush-era surveillance activities. Disenchantment became obvious before this week. Aggression against Libya pushed it to a boiling point. They felt outraged at Bush’s actions; they feel betrayed by Obama’s.

Many Congressmen on the Left, who would never vote against Obama under any other circumstances, will face grassroots pressures of their own to vote for impeachment.

If Republicans hold together, they could pass impeachment through the House, probably with a few Democratic votes. Kucinich has said he is not pursuing impeachment, but he would be hard-pressed to vote against it.

Removing Obama from office requires two-thirds of all U.S. senators, most of whom are Democrats. Some RINOs will be inclined to vote against impeachment on the grounds of Libya – which is why several articles should be filed, including a full investigation into the Gerald Walpin, Joe Sestak, the Black Panthers case, and the president’s other lawless actions.

Democrats up for re-election this year will have to court their antiwar base or risk losing a primary challenge – or having their voters stay home on election day. Democrats Joe Manchin and Jon Tester will be pressured from their more conservative states. Jim Webb of Virginia, who is retiring involuntarily because of Obama’s unpopularity, has criticized the military action in Libya and has nothing to lose voting against him.

Democratic pols are already worried the mention of impeachment will hurt Obama in 2012. But like all true politicians, they are not worried about Obama; they are worried about themselves. They know if pursued correctly, impeachment could rip the 2008 Democratic voter coalition apart.

Antiwar voters would be inclined to support impeachment; they have already begun noising that Obama is “no different” than Bush. As Ralph Nader recently said, if Bush should have been impeached for war crimes, then Obama should be impeached for war crimes. On the other hand, 89 percent of blacks support Obama. “Leaders” such as Al Sharpton will play the race card against anyone who supports impeachment, including white liberals.

Impeachment could drive a wedge between key Democratic constituencies and dispirit activists leading into an election year – yet another reason impeachment is smart politics for Republicans.

On the other hand, it would unite Republicans and Tea Party activists. A recent poll revealed 60 percent of Tea Party members favor impeachment, as do nearly half of all Republicans – before Libya.

Some Republicans worry the Libyan rebellion will become a success and turn public opinion against them. But impeachment would not be a referendum on the war but on the unconstitutional manner in which it was launched.

The UN resolution that Obama cited for his action could as easily lead to U.S. troops stationed on the West Bank, Gaza, or the Lebanese border. It could require American troops to do anything from disarming the Janjaweed militias in Sudan to deposing the president of the Federated States of Micronesia. For that matter, if American troops are ever allowed to pull out of Afghanistan or Pakistan, the Security Council could pass a resolution demanding they stay in place – to assure the new Islamic government grants abortion rights to women.

The only limits are the creativity of the United Nations and the will of the president in office.

They should broaden the articles of impeachment to any crime their investigations can prove. And they should emphasize that only removing Obama from office can stop the nation’s runaway deficit spending.

The last thing Republicans should be doing is what Sen. John Thune is doing: defending Barack Obama. “You have to reserve to your commander in chief the authority to act in emergencies,” he said, as if Libya were a national emergency. Sen. Mark Kirk, the Republican who holds Obama’s old seat, is similarly bashing Kucinich as “one of the most irresponsible, fringe members of Congress.” Usually he is; on this issue, he happens to be right.

He also may be the best strategist the GOP has.

Barack Obama may have met his Waterloo in Tripoli.

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About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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26 Responses to The GOP’s Political Salvation: Impeachment?

  1. 05Magnum says:

    All the corrupt old time incumbants, just talk to hear their heads rattle. They have no intention of impeaching Obama. The only people sticking by their guns are the newly elected Tea Party Members. In the first place he doesn't need to be impeached. He needs to be forced to show all of his records & his true Kenyan Birth Certificate & then kicked out of Office & put in the Pen where he belongs. Incumbants need to be kicked out & TERM LIMITS are needed. For years when one party is in power, they blame the other for the problems, but they never fix anything. Most of them (both parties) want to continue their corrupt ways.

  2. Impeaching Obama is long overdue. His administration – particularly

    Eric Holder – is one, if not THE most corrupt administrations in US

    history. Too bad if the 89% of blacks suffering from the “mutual admiration

    syndrome” scream racism. What about Holder’s and Obama’s reverse

    racism? That’s okay? Taking down Obama is NOT about racism, it’s

    about hostility and contempt for America & her people, abuse or power,

    disrespect of the rule of law and the Constitution, and Obama’s lack of

    honesty and deceitful demeanor. The only campaign promise this

    Usurper kept is to change America (to a socialist state) which the

    majority of us reject. Everything else was a lie, and Obama is a supreme

    liar. It’s time to bring charges against him, and the rest of his minions, and

    press for jail time!

  3. Lee Caylor says:

    05Magnum is correct. We do not need to impeach Obama. We need to get on with stopping the spending and drastically reduce the power of OSHA, DOE (both of them) and EPA to get some jobs back in this country. The impeachment of Obama is a trap that only fools and Democratic boobs endorse.

  4. J.D. says:

    Why are we even talking about impeaching an “illegal” president. That is, a person who has become possessor of the highest office in our country without “papers” to prove that he is elligible to hold that office? From the very beginning our politicians have “wimped” around over these strategic issues, along with the “wimped” media and all the other “wimps” that are after self gain instead of “self-sacrificing” service to our country. One has to ask, “does anybody love America anymore?” If so, kick him out of office! There is not one American that could pull what he has pulled — concerning a job, a school entrance, or a passport. Why are we letting him get away with this???

  5. johnselmon says:

    I agree with 05Magnum. By Impeaching Obama, we are validating his status as President. Obama is NOT legally President. We need to force him to PROVE he is born in the USA. If he can not prove he was born in this country, then he should be locked up and charged with treason as well.

  6. Raymond says:

    Montana Restaurant
    This is a great story! The radios station America FM was doing one of its "Is Anyone Listening?" bits this morning. The first question was, 'Ever have a celebrity come up with the 'Do you know who I am?' routine.

    A woman called in and said that a few years ago, while visiting her cattle rancher uncle in Billings , MT, she had occasion to go to dinner at a restaurant that does not take reservations. The wait was about 45 minutes, and many ranchers and their wives were waiting.

    Ted Turner and his ex-wife Jane Fonda came in the restaurant and wanted a table. The hostess informed them that they'd have to wait 45 minutes.Jane Fonda asked the hostess, 'Do you know who I am?' The hostess answered, 'Yes, but you'll have to wait 45 minutes.'

    Then Jane asked if the manager was in. When the manager came out, he asked, 'May I help you?' 'Do you know who we are?' both Ted and Jane asked. Yes, but these folks have been waiting, and I can't put you ahead of them.'

    Then Ted asked to speak to the owner. The owner came out, and Jane again asked, 'Do you know who I am?'

    The owner answered, 'Yes, I do. Do you Know who I am? I am the owner of this restaurant and I am a Vietnam Veteran. Not only will you not get a table ahead of my friends and neighbors who have been waiting here, but you also will not be eating in my restaurant tonight or any other night. Good bye.'

    Only in America , is this a great country or what?

  7. kawaiihoolana says:

    Isn't it a fact that House Reps must initiate Impeachment proceedings? If talk of Impeachment has the Dems' heads rattling then let's bring it on! I have signed every petition put forth in support of this proceeding and here I am-still waiting! Isn't there any House Repub with the "cajones" to get the ball rolling! Come on, guys! You need not fear losing your seat-long held or newly acquired over this. I believe polls show Americans who love their country and are afraid of the WH interloper are behind such an action! By the way-I applaud "The Donald" for bringing up the birth certificate issue. Everything he said on "The View" I agree with! Keep up the good work!

    • Angelicsweep says:

      They have grounds to impeach him, if that is what they want to do, but it isn’t. They want to TALK about it to make the right think they are DOING something. They aren’t doing anything but flapping their gums! What I don’t get is, with all this TALK about how he has done this and that which they find impeachable offenses, haven’t they taken the ONE thing that can get him out of the whitehouse for sure… HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE and school records along with his passport records??? WHAT about illegal do they NOT understand? In obama’s OWN WORDS, he admits his father was a Kenyan! What MORE do the MORONS in congress need? If obama HIMSELF admits his father was a KENYAN, shouldn’t that be enough to show how he has flaunted the CONSTITUTION with a little help from his friends…nancy pelosi and harry reid by confirming him eligible to run when he IS NOT ELIGIBLE because both parents were NOT American citizens??? Or do these morons up there have any idea what is even in our Constitution? If they did, it looks like we wouldn’t be debating what he has done that is impeachable, but TRYING his butt for FRAUD and TREASON!

  8. Raymond says:

    Part 2)…On its website, the organization explains the plan by “homosexual activist” Leno “would require all students in social studies class to admire ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender’ role models.

    “The Democrat state legislators pushing this radical bill want to recruit boys and girls to support the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda, personally and publicly,” the organization’s Action Alert explains.

    “They want them to become ‘LGBTIQ’ activists [and] help trample religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, business-owner rights, private property rights, the Boy Scouts, and everything else you hold dear.”

  9. Raymond says:

    Part 4)…But, which teaches people to stand up for “what’s right in God’s sight” and encourages them to challenge “liberal forces” and “impact the next generation,” is promoting a campaign to have state residents contact state officials with their own concerns

    The message warns that if the plan becomes law,“children as young as kindergarten will be taught to admire homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriages,’ bisexuality, and transsexuality.’”

    “Children will be enticed into political activism in support of everything pushed by ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning’ political groups, as the bill requires ‘particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.’”

    Further, it would require that “teachers will be made to positively portray homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriages,’ bisexuality, and transsexuality … because to be silent opens them up to the charge of ‘reflecting adversely.’”

    “This is radical, in-your-face sexual indoctrination that parents genuinely don’t want and children certainly don’t need,” the statement says.

    The California Legislative Counsel’s commentary on the plan affirms it would “require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans … to the development of California and the United States.”

  10. Raymond says:

    Part 5)…It also would require “alternative and charter schools” to “take notice of the provisions of this bill.”

    The law itself requires that schools teach “particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”, run by executive Randy Thomasson, notes that it would demand that school boards select textbooks and other materials that actively promote homosexuality, because to be silent “opens them up to charges of ‘reflecting adversely.’”

    It also notes parents would not be able to exempt their children from the mandatory teaching.

    Thomasson told WND that this is the next progression following a multitude of earlier laws adopted in California that serve the dual purpose of cracking down on traditional families and promoting the “alternatives.”

  11. Raymond says:

    Part 6)….“The California public schools are no longer safe places for boys and girls morally,” he told WND. “This new bill, SB 48, reflects the desire of the Democrat state legislators to recruit boys and girls to support the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda both personally and publicly.”

    Under the law, he said, “textbooks, teachers and school boards will be forced to promote homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriage,’ bisexuality, transsexuality, sex change operations, cross dressing as positive role models.”

    “Pushing this slop bucket in the face of impressionable kids is disgusting to most people,” he said.

    It was just two years ago when the organization launchedthe Rescue Your Child effort to encourage parents to withdraw their children from public schools because of such indoctrination.

    That followed work by the legislature and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law. Those institutionalized the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices by banning any “adverse” references in schools.

  12. Raymond says:

    Part 7)….At the time, officials said SB 777 “functionally requires public school instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual ‘marriages,’ and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called ‘gay history.’”

    The second bill, AB 394, “requires public schools to distribute controversial material to teachers, students, and parents which promotes transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, all under the guise of ‘anti-harassment’ training.”

    Those laws ban in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, according to Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.

  13. Raymond says:

    Part 8)…But there are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.

    California also has mandated that public schools honor Harvey Milk – a homosexual activist and reported sexual predator, as well as an advocate for Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana. led a statewide battle against “Harvey Milk Day” before California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the S.B. 572.

    The bill designates May 22 – Milk’s birthday – a date of “special significance” and encourages all California public schools to “conduct suitable commemorative exercises … remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state.”

    • dvdrf says:

      A little "Post Script" to all this – Romans 1:18-32!! You will need to face this Personage after you depart from this life – do you seriously want to meet him having rejected his magnanimous offer??!

  14. yattahey says:

    Bill Clinton was Impeached for haveing sex in the Oval office and lying to congress oveer the sexual act. If Boehner and the Republican leaders had the balls that Bsills liaison had, they would have this damn President up and put him on trial for High Crimes and misdemeanors leading to his arrest and imprisonment, along with all that have conspired with him to destroy this nation

  15. dpugsr says:

    Figuratively speaking Republican Leaders should be impeached for not forcing Obama and his Administration to conform to the Constitution and the Law of the Land on numerous issues before this one!

    • jimtibbs says:

      Our hope as conservative is that our people wake up. Pay attention to Fox news, and spend some time on your computer. The republicans act like some over ground kid that has been bullied, and is now afraid to up-set the bully, Oblunder. These must go, they are useless, overpaid, and they just need to be fired, and sent home. The rank and file republicans have been there too long, their RINOS. iMPEACH THEM ALONG WITH OBLUNDER. They can't balance the budget for fear of cutting into somebodys ear marks, its BS. Shut the government down if you half too, just get it done. We are all watching.

  16. Irosin says:

    I guess Dennis Kucinich is more of a Republican than the so called Republicans , because they sure as hell do not say or do anything.

  17. jimtibbs says:

    Impeachment of this illegal president is the only way we will get rid of him and his group of scum, from Chicago, and where ever the rest crawled in from. This is without a doubt the most corupt, and unconstitional bunch that ever took up in the white house. It is obvious to anyone with an inkling of whats going on in this world that these people, I mean Clinton, Oblunder, Holder, and the slum from Chicago, Jarrett, the union thugs, are all hell bent on bankrupting this country, and vertually destroying it , even at the risk of a civil revolution. The polititions are so afraid of Oblunder that they won't make a serious attempt to balance the budget. However there some new congressmen that want to do the right thing, balance it, and abide by our constitution. The older ones like McConnell, Boehner, Grahm,and the rest of the rinos must go. The tea party will give them a nudge in that direction. McCain, needs to go waffle somewhere else, maybe with his wife.

    • dvdrf says:

      I pray beyond the "I" word, you all have the guts to "undo, defund, repeal, etc." everything else they've done from healthcare to the Supreme Court – we know much if not all he's done is unConstitutional with the backing of the Administration, segments of the American population, and much of the world at large. (financial, religious, cultural, etc.) This goes way beyond mere Impeachment!!!

  18. TaterSalad says:

    Seems that the United States is the most unfairest taxing system on its people in the world:

    OECD = Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    Spoiled kids and capitalism:


    "While many Americans still believe that the main source of economic benefits is a combination of work, ingenuity and risk taking, along with simple notions of supply and demand (commonly known as free market principles—once believed extinct until live specimens were recently found in China), Europeans have been taught since about the end of WW II that the government is where all money, jobs and benefits come from. Some of them also reportedly believe government is where babies come from and where people go when they die."

  19. tenntomboy says:

    Neither Obama nor Biden can serve…do your research! Bush Sr. is blackmailing Obama with his records. FOLLOW THE MONEY!!! ALL FOREIGN LEADERS KNOW!!! SO DOES CONGRESS!!!

    • dvdrf says:

      Anyone with any brains knows; including much of the USA population and much of the world !!! Are you prepared to have your grandchildren continue to fight all that they've put in place??!!

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