When some people hear that there’s a movement to persuade Congress to impeach President Barack Obama, they often dismiss it as a joke. But it is no longer a laughing matter. With the economy continuing downward and a foreign policy that is making America less safe, the impeachment option must now be seriously considered.Many Americans wrongly assume that to impeach a president, an actual crime needs to be committed. The reality is, however, that our nation’s founders were concerned that America would some day have a president who may not commit an actual crime, but would rather pursue policies so detrimental to America’s interests, that they would cause irreparable damage to the country.
As a result of this concern, our founders inserted language into the Constitution that gave Congress the power to impeach the president for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The term “high crimes and misdemeanors” is an Old English phrase, which, in those days, meant simply “bad behavior,” but can be translated in modern terms to mean incompetent leadership that imperils the country. Indeed, some have interpreted this phrase so broadly that it can mean just about anything. As former president Gerald Ford stated, an impeachable offense is, “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”We believe it is necessary to impeach a president if his policies and actions have so endangered and weakened the country, that his removal is essential for the country’s survival. Therefore, with America on the brink of a depression and a President who seems unable to understand the worldwide jihadist threat, we believe impeachment is necessary for the future survival of America.
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Read More: By Steve Baldwin, ImpeachObamacampaign.com
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