Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann’s Impeachment Meme Hurts America
Republicans are clamoring to impeach President Obama, revealing, once again, their lust for legislative obstruction.
Republicans have been asking for an Obama impeachment since his inauguration. Whether the issue be health care, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal or the stimulus plan, it seems Obama can’t walk out of the White House without some GOP adherent calling for his rhetorical head.
Well, that “impeach Obama” meme gained new steam this week when Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann’s respective supporters asked the presidential candidates about curtailing the commander-in-chief’s tenure.
First there was Ron Paul saying that Obama should perhaps be impeached for the drone-led assassination of al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.
“I think the impeachment process would be possible,” Paul said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. “I put responsibility on the president because this is obviously a step in the wrong direction. We have just totally disrespected the Constitution.”
For her part, Michele Bachmann took a less direct approach, replying, “I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you, I agree, I agree. Some people are really upset,” when a supporter remarked, “When will we impeach him and get him out of the way?”
The fact that Bachmann and Paul are the only candidates who are also sitting members of Congress cannot be ignored. They and their peers on Capitol Hill have made it their mission to halt, obstruct and otherwise hinder almost all of Obama’s policies since his term began in 2009, and this latest display simply sheds an unflattering light on how devoted Republican lawmakers are to tearing down our nation for their ideological needs.
Rather than trying to move our flailing nation forward, Paul, Bachmann and their party peers want to spend energy, time and money on impeaching a president who’s coming to the end of his term. They are more interested in partisan feuds than actually legislation.
More than that, though, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and their supporters’ appetite for political destruction reveals how little faith they have in themselves: impeachment proceedings take months, and Obama has only 13 months left until the election.
If Republicans truly thought they could take down our sitting president next November, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann would tell their supporters, “Eh, who needs impeachment? We’ll just win next November.”
But, no, they use their campaigns to fan flames of hatred and acrimony, because they and their political party want nothing more than to burn our government down, as if they have the stuff to bring us back from the ashes.