David Kirkpatrick

October 10, 2009

Impeach Obama?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:35 am

Obama hasn’t been in office for nine months and there is already a movement afoot pressing for impeachment? Really? This is very, very dumb and if it gets any publicity will only serve to further marginalize the political right — if that is even possible. Right now it’s heading toward that 15% number that pretty much any political poll will elicit and can be written off as a lunatic fringe.

Here’s the best bit from the link — the group pushing for impeachment has a very unique take on impeachment worthy behavior from POTUS:

The new effort might be described as part of Brown’s campaign to define impeachment down. On the homepage of the new site, Brown argues that the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” — the circumstances justifying impeachment, according to the constitution — doesn’t mean crimes in a legal sense. Rather, it refers simply to “bad behavior.”

Talking to TPMmuckraker, Brown elaborated on that view. Properly understood, he said, impeachment is “like a recall in California” — a political act. “It’s a process by which you remove an incompetent president.”

By that — perhaps low — standard, Brown argued, Obama more than qualifies. “He’s basically handed our foreign policy off to the United Nations. His economic policies are destroying the value of the dollar.”

“He’s in over his head,” Brown continued. “I am fearful for my country for the first time in my adult life.”

Good luck with that.

December 19, 2008

W. Mark Felt, RIP

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:18 am

Best known as “Deep Throat.” He is the man who took down the Nixon presidency. Felt was 95 when he died.

From the link:

W. Mark Felt, who was the No. 2 official at the F.B.I. when he helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon by resisting the Watergate cover-up and becoming Deep Throat, the most famous anonymous source in American history, died Thursday. He was 95 and lived in Santa Rosa, Calif.

His death was confirmed by Rob Jones, his grandson.

In 2005, Mr. Felt revealed that he was the one who had secretly supplied Bob Woodward of The Washington Post with crucial leads in the Watergate affair in the early 1970s. His decision to unmask himself, in an article in Vanity Fair, ended a guessing game that had gone on for more than 30 years.

The disclosure even surprised Mr. Woodward and his partner on the Watergate story, Carl Bernstein. They had kept their promise not to reveal his identity until after his death. Indeed, Mr. Woodward was so scrupulous about shielding Mr. Felt that he did not introduce him to Mr. Bernstein until this year, 36 years after they cracked the scandal. The three met for two hours one afternoon last month in Santa Rosa, where Mr. Felt had retired. The reporters likened it to a family reunion.

November 6, 2008

A note to the GOP

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:49 am

Between the classless booing and catcalling during McCain’s excellent concession speech, and news like this:

Barack Obama has not even been sworn in yet as the 44th president of the United States but groups are springing up online calling for his impeachment. On Facebook, an “Impeach Barack Obama” group has attracted more than 700 members and a lively debate about the Democrat’s election victory on Tuesday over Republican John McCain.

Another Facebook group of the same name has 160 members and urges others to join because “we might as well get a head start on the impeachment of Obama.”

 

The Republican Party is in danger of marginalizing itself out of existence. Remember the Whigs? The Know-nothings? Political parties historically do die in this nation.

Right now the GOP brand is not small government. Hard to make that argument after the rabid support of two Bush 43 terms. There is the strong taint of corruption and hypocrisy. Lovely dance partners there.

I do think the lunatic fringe is not all that large in the party, but it has become the public face — religious extremists, anti-intellectual/anti-science morons and people who prefer hate over reason. It might not be accurate, but that is the GOP brand.

GOP, you created and abetted the “base” base and in turn created the latest brand. I’m ready to see a party that represents my interests — true small government, strong belief in civil liberties, free-market capitalism and moderate social policy. I no longer get any of my ideal government from the GOP. Don’t get it from the Democratic Party either, but the last eight years was an epic GOP failure.

Oh, and to the fools who are already advocating impeaching Obama? Yeah, that worked so well before. The baseless impeachment gong was beaten so hard during the Clinton years it broke. Put your tiny mallet away and just go home.

March 31, 2008

An arguement for impeachment from the right

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:13 pm

Sure it’s easy to cruise around the blogoshpere and find calls for the impeachment of both Bush and Cheney on all manner of sites on the left. It’s not so often to come across a long and reasoned call for Bush’s impeachment from the right

At Taki’s Magazine Kevin R. C. Gutzman does just that basing the impeachment arguement on “taking back the Constitution.” The last straw for Gutzman is the Bush 43 regime stance on torture.

From the link:

On Saturday, March 8, 2008, President George W. Bush vetoed a congressional bill that would have explicitly banned interrogation techniques like waterboarding. In doing so, Bush cemented his worthiness of impeachment.

The impeachment power allows Congress to keep the other two branches from grasping at powers that the Constitution gives to the Legislative Branch. Congress is described in Article I of the Constitution, and its structure was the chief issue in the Philadelphia Convention. Why? Because in a republic, it is to be the most important branch.

People commonly repeat the idea today that the federal government features three equal branches. This is an error. Congress is to be the most important branch. The Founders generally feared the power of the executive and assigned the traditional royal powers in foreign policy to Congress instead of the president. The courts were to be even weaker, the “least dangerous” branch.

Yet, over time, the three have come to be more equal. This is the result of Congress’s supine attitude toward the other branches’ overreaching. When federal courts legislate, Congress does nothing. When presidents and their subordinates—generals, cabinet officials, and others—ignore statutory law, refuse to comply with congressional demands for information, or flat-out lie to Congress, Congress does nothing.

Each instance of the other branches’ grabbing at congressional power is later cited by that branch as a precedent justifying additional arrogations. Over time, the sum of these usurpations has been to reduce Congress’s stature within the federal government, and to make the federal government more unaccountable.