The movement to impeach Barack Obama has added a number of high-level spokesmen in recent days. Calls for investigation have came from Newt Gingrich (however tentatively), to Tammy Bruce, to Howard Phillips (wholeheartedly). But not everyone who speaks up for the rule of law is a nationally known author. The move to hold the president accountable for his Constitutional violations and personal corruption includes ordinary citizens from all across the country.
One of those is Fillmer Hevener of Farmville, Virginia, who published an article in the (Culpepper, VA) Star-Exponent today entitled, “Impeach Obama Over Energy Policy.” It reads, in part:
The time has arrived for the U.S. House of Representatives to seriously consider the impeachment of President Obama.
Article 2, Section 4 of our Constitution grants removal of the president, vice president and all civil officers “on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” which include abuse of power and misconduct in office.
President Obama has abused his power and demonstrated misconduct in the office of presidency in the following ways:
1. By stopping drilling for oil offshore, his administration has ignored the absolute military necessity for oil in protecting our nation; our military is heavily dependent on oil for such machines as missiles, airplanes, drones, trucks, automobiles, etc. In an emergency, as the current unrest in the Middle East shows, we cannot rely safely on Middle East oil to supply our national security needs.
2. In addition, our civilian need for oil is at an all-time high. With gas prices now well over $3 per gallon and rising rapidly, the cost of producing most commodities, goods and services will rise dramatically; these include farming, heating/cooling, food, delivery of goods, clothing, housing, manufacturing, travel, etc. Rising prices will destroy more jobs, bring about more layoffs, cause more real estate foreclosures and reduce tax income for local, state and federal governments, all of which are even now strapped for cash.
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You can read the full article here.
Hevener is right that the administration’s moratorium on Gulf oil drilling is lawless and is having a deleterious effect on America’s families and national defense. Judge Martin Feldman balked at the administration’s “determined disregard” for the law for continuing to observe the lapsed moratorium and, just two weeks ago, Feldman gave Obama 30 days to issue a drilling permit. The Daily Caller is reporting Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will issue at least one permit allowing drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before pleading his case before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee later this week. Dan Kish of the Institute for Energy Research, said, “He was running out of excuses and with Congress no longer rubber-stamping or ignoring his anti-energy policies, he had to issue at least one permit to placate the Hill.”
No one should be placated. The Obama administration recently issued an executive fiat punishing the coal industry. The president’s de facto — illegal — drilling ban(s)coupled with Mideastern instability have made skyrocketing energy prices the key driver of inflation. More importantly, this is but one more area in which the president has aggregated to himself the right to decide which laws to pass, which to ignore, and which to impose by decree.
This editorial proves the average American has been more abundantly blessed with common sense and reverence for our national institutions than the public servants entrusted with preserving them. The leadership of Congress — and the conservative movement — would do well to occasionally stray outside their elite social circles and heed the voices of the people.
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