Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman made headlines Tuesday night when he walked out in protest during Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. He has used that momentum to continue building a case for impeachment based on the administration’s tyrannical disregard of the U.S. Constitution.
The Tea Party-backed conservative, who is gearing up for a Senate primary bid against John Cornyn, posted an online statement this week indicating that he is “considering filing Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama.”
He referenced Tuesday’s speech as evidence that “the president is further abusing his constitutional powers.”
According to Stockman, “Obama defiantly vowed not only to radically expand the reach of government from cradle to grave, but to smash the Constitution’s restrictions on government power while doing it.”
Obama’s address featured several references to his intention to bypass Congress when politically expedient. He promised to “take steps without legislation” when lawmakers dare to defy his will.
“His goal is to eliminate our constitutional republic,” Stockman’s statement continued. “Last year I said I would consider impeachment as a last resort to stop Obama’s abuse of power. And, quite frankly, we’re running out of options.”
Stockman is among a cadre of conservative leaders willing to broach the contentious subject of impeachment. Considering the relatively minor infractions of Nixon and Clinton before him, though, Obama’s disregard of constitutional limitations lends credibility to such proposals.
In Stockman’s original explanation of his early departure Tuesday night, he described the recurring theme of executive action as “a wholesale violation of his oath of office and a disqualifying offense.”
Realistically, there seems to be little hope of securing the support necessary to initiate impeachment hearings. The chances of actually removing the lame duck president from office are even slimmer.
Stockman’s initiative, however, is bringing much-needed exposure to the imperial mindset of the Obama administration.
–B. Christopher Agee
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