Sunday, March 16, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors

This is one of those "please permit me to provide some Constitutional training" afternoons. I'm going to tick some of my Republican friends off with this....but that's ok, swallowing illogical garbage just because I vote Republican is not something I can and will ever do. So, here we go....

The Republican controlled House of Representatives passed a bill this week called the "Enforce The Law Act".... I am told by other "astute" republicans that they needed to do this because they will never be able to impeach the President.

So, let's follow the logic...there is so much here to either laugh or cry at, I don't know where to begin.

The Constitution gives the House of Representatives sole power to indict, or bring charges against any federal official for "high crimes and misdemeanors". With the term "misdemeanors" used in the Constitution, the threshold for "indictments" is pretty low. These indictments are called "Articles of Impeachment".

In the current administration, from the President on down, this is what one might call a "target rich" environment when it comes to indictable offenses. Indeed, the name of the law passed out of the House of Representatives this week clearly indicates that the Republicans in the House know that the President is not enforcing the law. Article II, Section 3 states the following "...he [The President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed..." Wa la, there you have it...not a misdemeanor by any stretch....but rather a high crime being committed right in front of their (and our) eyes by the President of the United States. This fact is not in dispute, the House passed a bill because of this fact.

Yet, we are told by the members of the House of Representatives, and I'm hearing from the Republican Party faithful, that "meh, we cannot impeach, the Senate will not convict"

Friends, you have heard me say this before, that is a lame excuse since it is not the job of the House or for that matter you or me to determine whether or not there is an environment in the U.S. Senate to convict. If there are impeachable offenses, the House members, that swore to uphold and defend the Constitution mind you, are DUTY BOUND to bring indictments called Articles of Impeachment. The process cannot begin in the Senate until the Republican House members put on their big boy pants, step up to the plate, and do their Constitutional duty. If the House of Representatives brings Articles of Impeachment, the Senate MUST conduct a trial. Even though we know the Democrat controlled Senate would likely never convict the President, the media would be forced to cover it and this President would go down in history as being only the third President to be impeached. Remember, impeachment does not mean removal. Under our Constitution, the House of Representatives Impeaches, and the Senate conducts a trail for removal.

So let me close this by bringing you back to the crazy logic and inanity of a bill (proposed future law) called the "Enforce The Law Act". The proponents of this bill say they need to do this because the Senate will not convict if the House impeaches the President.

Friends, I'm not the brightest light bulb in the house....but (1) can anyone tell me what the chances are of the United States Senate (with a majority of Democrats led by Harry Reid) voting to pass this bill? (2) Can anyone tell me what the chances are of Harry Reid even permitting a vote on this bill from the House? (3) Can anyone tell me what the chances are of the President of the United States signing a bill into law that is designed to drag him into court for not enforcing the law?

But mind you, we are all supposed to clap and put meme's on our facebook page showing that the Republicans passed a bill called the "Enforce The Law Act" out of the United States House of Representatives this week. And we are also supposed to face the "reality" that impeachment is a waste of time because the "Senate will not convict the President".

Folks, is it just me? Am I the one in Bizarro World? Or is it the folks that think the Republicans did something worthy of a ticker tape parade this week? You tell me.

Friends, this is the kind of stuff that tells you that the three branches of government are literally in collusion today. Washington D.C. (and a lot of others outside) are living in a dream world. There is virtually no chance left that Washington D.C. will do anything meaningful to roll back its power usurpation or roll back the size of the federal government. We are witnessing the EXACT events play out that the founders knew could occur in government...and they gave us, the people in the states a mechanism, a way back to the limited government they gave us in 1787. It's called the Article V Convention of States. Today, there is only one organization that has put together a viable plan for a grassroots effort to get our states to do this, that organization is called the Convention of States Project.

Convention of States Project

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