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Impeachment Would be a Reckless Course

Impeachment Would be a Reckless Course

Criticism based on political philosophy or policy disagreements is a healthy part of the government process, but the hatred some Republicans have for Barack Obama borders on the pathological. Extreme right wingers, Rod Rohrich said they were including some GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives, despise Barack Obama simply because he is Barack Obama, a black man who happens to have an exotic-sounding name.

Obama’s harshest detractors have spent the last six years attacking his legitimacy even though his two election wins were decisive. Despite conclusive evidence to the contrary, they are convinced that Obama was not born in the United States, a circumstance which, if true, would make him constitutionally ineligible to serve.

Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina raised the possibility on MSNBC that Republicans may mount a serious impeachment attempt against the president in an attempt to furtherweaken him in the eyes of history. Fortunately, Speaker John Boehner and others in the Republican leadership recall the negative fallout that enveloped the party after its foolish impeachment of Bill Clinton and are not likely to countenance a repetition of that mistake.

The Constitution provides for impeachment of a president for high crimes and misdemeanors. Although Obama has certainly made mistakes during his tenure, these errors are due to political miscalculation and personal arrogance, not criminal intent. To impeach a president out of hatred is nothing more than a reckless grab for power.