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Someone once asked if there was anything that Obama could be impeach for having done.  I did not think so at the time


Asked by Dardenella at 11:28 AM on May. 6, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Congress and the President have a very incestuous relationship, when it comes right down to the day-to-day operations of both parties.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:31 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • while i agree with some of the video, its too extreme for my taste...its never an all or nothing thing, its never an "any means necessary" type deal. what a Repub complains about when Dems are in charge is what Dems complain about when Repubs are in charge. i couldnt sit thru enough to get to anything about impeachment.

    the Constitution doesnt really say a whole lot about Impeachment. it is really difficult to impeach a president, and it was designed that way on purpose. Andrew Johnson only got impeached b/c of bad politicking and an unconstitutional law that he opposed. the whole thing was a sham. if Clinton hadn't lied while under oath on camera they probably woulda looked the other way. I think Quinn has it right, they know eventually they'll be in charge again and dont want to do anything to lower their own power.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:32 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • Interesting. I'm pretty sure all Presidents have done things that were impeachable offenses, yet they slide by while Congress allows it because they know their party will be in power again and they will expect their counterparts to ignore their offenses as well. They just get bigger and more powerful while the public is just left defenseless.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:53 AM on May. 6, 2013

  • It was interesting, okmanders. He actually talked about Bush and the Patriot Act and how horrible that was. Napolitano isn't always that far right. He speaks about this kind of thing going back to the founding of our government and country, that our framers while protecting us with the constitution almost inherently seemed to want to work against it.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:54 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • ..In the past, Congress has issued Articles of Impeachment for acts in three general categories:

    1. Exceeding the constitutional bounds

    2. Behavior grossly incompatible with the proper function and purpose of the office.

    Employing the power of the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain.

    So... IMO, Obama fits all that.


    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 3:29 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • its not Napolitano that bothers me. ive heard him talk before and he's a very intelligent man...and i think he does make a point. i just cant stand all the "govt is out to get us" kinda talk...thats the extremity i was talking about.

    and im sure if somebody really searched hard enough they'd find something impeachable for almost every President, Obama included.

    Answer by okmanders at 4:53 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • "and im sure if somebody really searched hard enough they'd find something impeachable for almost every President, Obama included." okmanders.
    There has been only four times in our history, has Congress held serious discussions of impeachment:
    1. Andrew Johnson ...He was actually impeached when Congress became unhappy with the way he was dealing with some post-Civil War matters, but Johnson was acquitted in the Senate by one vote and remained in office.

    2. John Tyler ..Congress introduced a resolution to impeach him over state's rights issues, but the resolution failed.

    3. Richard Nixon ..Congress was debating his impeachment over the Watergate break-in when Nixon resigned..

    4. William J. Clinton...was impeached by the House on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in relationship to his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was eventually acquitted by the Senate.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 3:11 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • According to Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says.."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, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

    According to Constitutional Lawyers..High Crimes and Misdemeanors" are (1) real criminality -- breaking a law; (2) abuses of power; (3) "violation of public trust" as defined by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers. In 1970, then Representative Gerald R. Ford defined impeachable offenses as "whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history." 




    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 3:24 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • I do think the government is in the business of growing itself, lol.
    I do think that committees and depatem that really answer to no one are out of hand, EPA comes to mind.

    Comment by Dardenella (original poster) at 7:30 PM on May. 6, 2013