One of the things I like about Sarah Palin is that she is not afraid to stir shit. This time she’s using a BIG spoon:
Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.”
Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.
The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt; many cities are on the verge of insolvency; our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our “leader” creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.
President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.
It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.
The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.
As usual, the Palinhaters on both sides were quick to dismiss her words in sneering contempt. I’ve learned to not be so hasty. I thought her death panels statement was incredibly stupid and yet it turned out to be true.
I seriously doubt that Obama will be impeached, and if he is it is all but certain that he will be acquitted by the Democrats in the Senate. After the Clinton impeachment debacle the idea of impeaching any president is unthinkable.
Or is it? In 1972 Richard Nixon was reelected by a landslide and the thought of impeaching him was unthinkable. Less than two years later he resigned rather than face certain impeachment. Somewhere in between his reelection and his resignation, impeachment became thinkable. So when does the unthinkable become “thinkable”?
The Overton window is a political theory that describes as a narrow “window” the range of ideas the public will accept. On this theory, an idea’s political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within that window rather than on politicians’ individual preferences. It is named for its originator, Joseph P. Overton (1960-2003), a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. At any given moment, the “window” includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.
I don’t know who first publicly uttered the word “impeachment” in reference to Richard Nixon, but I’m pretty sure there were people uttering it in private long before it went public. Even when it went public it was considered a radical idea at first. Than, as Watergate unfolded, more and more people were talking about impeachment. Eventually even Nixon’s defenders were talking about it.
I once read somewhere that when a married couple first starts talking about divorce the odds of it happening increase dramatically. But there is a big difference between talking about it and doing it.
Unless things change dramatically I don’t think the GOP should try to impeach Obama. By dramatically I mean a solid majority of voters supporting it and enough Senate Democrats willing to go along to convict him. I don’t see either of those things happening.
But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be talking about it.
I don’t necessarily mean on the floor of Congress. Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are both outliers in the GOP. That means they can say things that others can’t. The goal should not be to whip up an impeachment mob but rather to shift the Overton window to the right, which is where the center is located.
But they need to do so carefully. As with the immigration crisis and the numerous Obama scandals that dot the landscape, the GOP needs to worry about overreaching like they did with Bill Clinton.
They also need to keep their crazies in check. Sarah and Ted aren’t crazy, but there are some loons out on the far right fringe. (There are some loons out on the far left fringe too.) Give the loons a chance and they will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
What the GOP needs is the repeat of what happened in 2008 – an unpopular incumbent and a bunch of weary voters looking for a change. Only this time the parties will be reversed and hopefully the GOP won’t be nominating an empty suit.
(Or Jeb Bush.)