Republicans in Congress are backpedaling furiously on their years-long campaign to remove President Obama from office. The insanity that has gripped the party has grown in severity to include the ludicrous notion that Obama wants to impeach himself. GOP House Speaker John Boehner joined the charade by holding a press conference where he called the Republican-led impeachment squawking “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”
The disingenuous renunciations emanating from the GOP are transparently false and hypocritical. They are merely attempting to dodge the bad press they are getting for their outrageous overreach. In addition, they hope to choke off the fundraising bonanza that their irresponsible yammering has fueled for the Democrats.
But if you want proof that Republicans are not only lying about their intentions with regard to Obama, but are also serious about proceeding with impeachment hearings, you only need to hear what Sen. John McCain said on the subject yesterday:
“We’re not gonna impeach the president of the United States. There just aren’t the votes there even if we believed that it was warranted.”
Notice that McCain did not say that Republicans were not going to impeach the President because there are no legal grounds for doing so. His reason was that they don’t currently have the votes. Presumably, therefore, if they have more votes following the November election they can pursue impeachment to their wicked heart’s content. It is a foregone conclusion that they believe it is warranted. They have articulated that repeatedly. Even McCain, in the same interview, said that he believes that Obama “has broken more laws by executive order” than any other president.
Anyone following the vicious campaign of character assassination against Obama, from the moment he took the oath of office, cannot have missed the overt expressions of hate that border on mortal enmity. It’s no wonder that they advocate his removal by any means necessary. They are consumed with fear that Obama is deliberately working to bring civilization to an end. Here is what they said just prior to his reelection in 2012:
- Sean Hannity: If Obama is reelected, it’s the end time in America as we know it.
- Glenn Beck: If this president is reelected in 2012, there is no way we as a nation survive in any form that we understand.
- Newt Gingrich: If Barack Obama gets re-elected, it will be a disaster for the United States of America, make no bones about it.
- Rep. Trent Franks: If Obama is reelected, I don’t know that the country can survive.
- Michele Bachmann: There is no future, there is no hope with Obama getting a second term.
- Dick Armey: The biggest threat to liberty in our lifetime is the presidency of Barack Obama.
- John Sununu: This country can’t be saved unless we get rid of this president.
People who feel that way, and say so publicly, are totally invested in the elimination of what they regard as an existential threat to their families, their nation, and their God. And despite the fact that nearly two years has gone by without any of the apocalyptic calamities they feared escaping from their nightmares and into reality, they continue to shiver in terror.
The irrational sense of doom embedded in the conservative bunker mentality is even more astonishing considering this administration has presided over the restoration of an economy that was in near collapse, the ending of two wars, the halving of the federal deficit, reductions in crime, fifty-two consecutive months of private sector job growth, and the implementation of health insurance reform that brought down the uninsured rate by five percent in the first year. Be afraid!!!
Mark my words, if Republicans make electoral gains in the House, and particularly if they assume a majority in the Senate, they WILL draft Articles of Impeachment. This is not something that they want to dominate the conversation now (hence their backpedaling) because they don’t want to frighten independent voters and motivate Democrats. But after the midterms they will reassess their position and, if they have the numbers, will press ahead. They did it to President Clinton over a consensual sexual relationship. They will do it to Obama, whom they believe is something between a treasonous Marxist and the anti-Christ.
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4 thoughts on “FEAR FRACTURE: Republicans Are Lying About Impeachment. Here’s Proof”
Beautifully written, Mark. I’ve posted this entry on an appropriate Media Matters thread.
Thanks so much.
All the more reason to GET OUT THE VOTE in November. If they take the Senate, they WILL impeach him, no matter what. Although, I don’t think that BPWB (Being President While Black) is an impeachable offense,
I was under the impression that being president while representing the Democratic Party was an impeachable offense. At least it’s comforting that the country is running so smoothly that Republicans can focus exclusively on repealing the ACA, tax cuts for the wealthy, Benghazi and impeachment.
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