Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Politics: Dr. Tim Hulsey on Impeachable Offenses

What could be a more compelling reason for impeachment of a President of the United States than failure to uphold, defend, and follow the US Constitution, the only sworn duty of that office  (“I do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”), the necessary technical precision of which resulted in Chief Justice John Roberts re-administering the oath to Obama because of erroneous wording initially?

What could be more treasonous than to ignore Constitutional mandates? What could excuse someone who professes to be a Constitutional scholar for acting unconstitutionally?

Congressionally, the oath is similar, but adds “that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” If Congress fails to impeach a President who has committed impeachable offenses they might be considered felonious themselves.

Failing to perform their Congressional duty because it is politically unfeasible or because the President is of your own party trashes the basis of our Constitutional Republic.

Democrats wouldn’t vote for impeachment, because Obama’s “their man.” Republicans won’t, because it would be political suicide to impeach the first President of color.

When we have our first female President, she will likely be unimpeachable because of her gender.

Thus, race and gender can mean that a President cannot be held accountable.

An elected official at no level should be elected who cannot be held responsible by the voters and Congress.

Therefore, I suggest that we remove the obstacle of race and gender to accountability so that white male Presidents won’t be the only ones electable. Unless we do so, we have lost the value of many potential office holders for whom we could vote.

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