Today, I want to talk about impeachment. Hold on, let’s back up for a moment…

Over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency (particularly since around the time of the last presidential election) the term “impeachment” has become fashionable. Whether it comes from the abhorrent ranting and raving of those aligned with the Tea Party or from the McDouble-glistened lips of Rush Limbaugh, “impeachment” has become a standard conversational deviation whenever the topic of Obama’s administration is risen in the company of those who despise the man. It’s the new battle cry for the Republican party, since their last one — “birth certificate” — blew up in their faces like a trap set by Wile E. Coyote.

Pictured: the "Birther" movement.

Pictured: the “Birther” movement.

So, it comes as no shocker to me that each day, more and more people take to the streets and throw around the term “impeachment.” Conservatives hate to lose, especially when they lose to someone who they consider an immediate threat, such as a Democratic president. However, I must say, it raises the question: “What has Obama done to warrant impeachment?” Well, if you choose to receive your news from someone like Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity, then I’m pretty sure your arguments are going to be the NSA and IRS scandals from last year and/or the “Benghazi incident.” If you get your news from Chris Matthews or Joe Scarborough, then I’m sure your answer will be something along the line of “he hasn’t done a fucking thing, so shut up, you dumb dirty redneck!”

The answer really lies in the middle. While I’ll admit that Obama’s presidency has been a little sketchy at times, he hasn’t done anything that would be considered an “impeachable offense”, contrary to the rhetoric polluting Conservative frequencies. According to Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States, “The President, Vice-President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” As far as I can tell, Obama has not done anything to warrant any of those conditions.

No, not even the Bergdahl trade.


About Robert L. Franklin

Ah, the About Me section - social networking's excuse for you sounding like an elitist prick. Hmm... what to say? What to say?
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