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Impeachment and Envy

Written by Gary North on June 27, 2014

Two Presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Clinton. Neither was convicted by the Senate, although Johnson won by only one vote.

It would be a waste of rime to try to impeach Obama. The main case for this would be that Congress would waste a lot of time. There is a good case for that.

There would have to be a legal reason that the voters would accept. Every President violates the Constitution sufficiently often, so that a plausible legal case might be made for Obama’s impeachment. But it would have to be plausible politically. Otherwise, it would backfire: underdog politics. That was what happened to Clinton. He is supposedly worth something like $80 million, due to speaking fees. That’s getting even? Hardly. Meanwhile, Bush II rarely appears in public. He did not get impeached.

The Senate would not vote to convict Obama. The Democrats would see the horrifying threat: President Biden.

If Joe Biden were to become President of the United States, Hillary Clinton would not get the nomination. Pres. Biden would guarantee that there would never be another President Clinton. Mrs. Clinton would fade into a well-deserved obscurity. She would get to spend the rest of her life changing her hairstyles.

I think a Republican could defeat Biden fairly easily. Even if Biden won, he would be less of a threat to our liberties than Hillary Clinton. He has a marvelous ability to put his foot in his mouth. He would become, not so much a bone of contention as a source of amusement. I don’t think he has the stomach for becoming a dictator. There is something flaky about him. Flaky people make rotten dictators. It is why I would have voted for John Kerry in 2004, had I not written in Ron Paul’s name.

I did not want to see Clinton impeached and convicted. This was not because of any sympathy for Clinton. But, in 1998, I did not want to see Al Gore become President. As it turned out, I was wrong. Instead, we got Bush. Bush was worse than Gore ever could have been, because Gore ultimately is wishy-washy. He is a one-trick pony: global warming. He didn’t have the votes to get his agenda through Congress. On the other hand, Bush briefly had something that only Eisenhower had enjoyed ever since Hoover’s administration: a Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Cheney have the deciding vote in the Senate. Bush didn’t have this majority long, but he had it too long. After 2001, the federal deficit and federal political power both expanded dramatically. I could not have known this in 1998. What I did know was that Clinton was a lame-duck President. He had not achieved anything of significance in his first term, and he was unlikely to achieve anything in his second term. He didn’t. What he achieved was notoriety for the Lewinsky affair. That is his only memorable legacy. That is the only thing he will be remembered for. This is all to the good. So, I was glad to see him impeached by the House, and I was glad to see that he was not convicted by the Senate.

I wanted to see Clinton torn down, but I did not want to see him impeached and convicted. So, I was not envious against him; it was simply a matter of political strategy. I am always happy to see some President whacked on the knuckles by political reality, so that he cannot exercise as much power. National politics is usually a zero-sum arrangement. The President wins; I lose. When he loses power, I gain a little bit of freedom.

Biden for President! Now, but not in 2017.

It’s a fantasy, of course. But I can always hope.

ENVY

I agree with the sociologist Helmut Schoeck, when he described envy as a sin. It is a very specific form of sin. It is the desire to see somebody else torn down, not because his fall will benefit you, but simply because you want to see him torn down.

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22 thoughts on “Impeachment and Envy

  1. WillytheGeek says:

    If we red out the senate, impeach, Biden cannot win. You have to have a brain that works to win.

  2. Rhonda Miller says:

    I am already signed in and I am a Tea Party Conservative and shouldn't have to have my comment edited. I wouldn't say anything that isn't the truth. So I suggest you post my comment.

  3. Rhonda Miller says:

    You deleted my comment and I will not write it again. I wrote alot about all of those evil corrupt communist being Impeached. Which does't matter if they get Impeached they haven't done anything except tells lies, treason, fraud, and you name it they have done it and those are very evil people and deserve everything they get, so don't say it won't do any good because it will if all of the Democrats and RINO'S, FBI, IRS, NSA, CIA, UN, EPA, the Media groups, and all the rest of those evil corrupt communist corporations and groups who need to be Impeached.

  4. Both bho & eric holder MUST be impeached!! We cannot allow the highest ranking law enforcement officers in America to get away with breaking the law, committing criminal acts!! Furthermore, if & when these two corrupt freaks leave office & become ordinary citizens, charges must be filed against them. We simply cannot allow felons to run this country ever again !!

  5. I disagree that Gore would have been better than Bush. The biggest mistake that Bush made, as far as I'm concerned was in giving away Gaza to the enemy. They stripped it of its beauty as soon as they took over by buldozing everything the Israelites had built and planted and started bombing Israel as soon as possible and haven't stopped. Gore, being the way he is would have probably done worse, tho'.

  6. Robert What? says:

    I totally agree. I have friends who are dyed-in-the-wool Obamatons. Even today they have a rationalization for everything. They and the millions like them would see an impeachment as a racist witch-hunt turning Obama into a martyr. Let’s just put as many roadblocks in his way until he leaves office. Assuming he does leave office.

  7. I'd rather he would be brought up on charges of treason, not impeachment.

  8. Patricia says:

    So would I!

  9. Tried for treason,convicted, and the penalty enacted-let the ''race'' card fall as it may. If we allow race to determine justice or accountability under the law we are on a very slippery slope indeed.

  10. It is difficult to agree with just about everything you have said here Gary. However, you are entitled to your opinion. Bush in his first term was acceptable. Not good but acceptable. It could however, be said he was at least as good as FDR in the extreme crises he was faced with. I could not picture Gore in that position at all. The problems Bush had in the second term were mostly caused by the liberal progressives controlling both houses of congress.

    When one house is controlled by one party and the other by an opposing party the result is a do nothing congress. The end result is also overreach by the executive branch (obama). Regardless of which party is in power that power must be curtailed and everyone should be in favor of limiting the executive branches power. Over two hundred years that office has usurped power not meant to be bestowed upon it by the constitution. We seem to have slipped out of the area of oversight. That in itself is not good.

    Many middle of the road Republicans seem to think obama does not threaten our constitution or either our economic or world status. They think he is just number 44. Nothing could be farther from the truth. However, in reality he actually is destroying the nation with his promised fundamental transformation. The reason he is destroying this once great nation is his ignoring of the constitution and the bill of rights. If obama has his way neither will continue to exist. Watch carefully what he both says and does and it will soon be discovered they do not correspond at all.

    The plague America has suffered from in (at least) the last four elections is we had to chose between the best of two evils. There has been no true patriotic American. Bush 43 was the closest and he did not meet the requirements. Being a nice person is not one of the requirements to run the most complicated nation on earth. If we continue to elect those types of people regardless of qualifications we will no longer exist as a leader in the world. Under obama, it can be said, we have dropped out of a leadership role and it will be much harder to get it back, if it is even possible. Consequently, in that sense obama has already destroyed this nation.

  11. Impeachment is out of question. It will be an exercise in futility.

  12. Corporations are capitalists not communists.
    Although corporations may be / are treated as individuals under the current tax laws, remember it is people not unlike you and me that by one means or another own stock either directly or through a pension fund that actually own those corporations.
    Governments own agencies, individuals own corporations.

  13. Unforuntately you are correct, but conviction for acts of treason … we can dream, can't we?.

  14. Barry Soetoro aka Obama is a serial liar and malignant narcissist. He lies about everything and it doesn't bother him for a minute. Lying is a way of life for Barry:

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” – Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, March 16, 2006

    "Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars. As president, you start realizing, you know what, we can't play around with this stuff. . . . (Raising the limit is) important for the country." — President Barack Obama, April 15, 2011

    "All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress. It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved." And, he said it with a straight face.

    Long before the pretend 2008 presidential election, countless numbers of the Outlaw Congress knew there was a serious problem with Barry's eligibility. He was born with dual citizenship and nothing can change that. Not his mother being a U.S. citizen or the fact that his skin is black. To this day, despite every member of the gutless Congress being given irrefutable proof Barry's birth certificate is a lousy forgery, his Selective Service Registration card is a lousy forgery and he's been using someone else's SSN which did not pass the E-Verify, they have done nothing. That means Barry can't work for the federal government in any capacity. The Selective Service card forgery is a felony which also prohibits him from holding government employment – including the executive branch.

    Despite the known problems with Barry's ineligibility, the gutless cowards in the Outlaw Congress accepted the electoral college vote in January 2009 and one of the biggest cover ups and fraud against the American people was a done deal. Because Barry's skin is black or Indonesian. Despite the massive pressure put on every one of the gutless cowards in the Outlaw Congress, the impostor was once again sworn in, January 2013, usurping the office of president. Again.

    There is zero evidence Barry Soetoro was ever in Hawaii until age 5. No one knows who he really is or even where he was born. We do know he was groomed and nurtured by a known communist in Hawaii before moving on to his communist handlers in Chicago. We know he has used five different alias. When was the last time these united States of America had a president who uses aliases? To my knowledge of all the research done, there is no paperwork filed with any court in this country to change his name from Barry Soetoro (which he used at Occidental College and everyone knew him by) to Barack Hussein Obama.

    The fraud in the White House is a major national security threat; his priority for five years has been protecting radical Muslims. There's no question in my mind Barry would never be able to pass an FBI background check as I had to do in order to get secret clearance when I worked for DoD. The fact is there is no verification whatsoever Barry was ever checked out by the FBI. A fake, a fraud playing Commander-in-Chief while the gutless bandits in the U.S. Congress turn a blind eye.

    The American people have suffered greatly under the putative president and it will continue until Soetoro is removed from the White House. As a private citizen he can and must be indicted by a federal grand jury for his crimes. In the meantime, the damn fools on the Hill continue wailing about Soetoro refusing to negotiate, blaming the impostor who they, with their silence and cowardice, have kept "in office".

    As they say, pay back is a bi*ch. It's time to sue you too, Boehner. And every last one of the outlaw congress since Jan. 20, 2009. A citizens grand jury. You have perpetuated this myth. Every last one of you are guilty of high crimes of being TRAITORS to the legal citizens, THE people, of the UNTIED States. Are there no White Hats left in the military to form a JUNTA, to physically REMOVE all who decided to allow this to propagate?

  15. NOT sorry, GARY. Once again, you delve into the weeds of the RULE of MAN, and NOT the RULE OF LAW! Quit playing politics. You know as well as I, that these NEPHIILIM are hand-picked SCUM, to do their bidding. These bums are selected, not elected. When is the expiration date of the likes of Henry Kissinger?

  16. bobmann101 says:

    I keep hearing people screaming "IMPEACH OBAMA"!!!. It will not happen! Even if it did it would take toooooo long and it would cost taxpayers a lot of money. Waste of time and money.

    I would rather see him arrested, tried, found guilty of crimes, misdemeanors, treason, and sentenced to the proper punishment!

  17. "Not good but acceptable. It could however, be said he was at least as good as FDR in the extreme crises he was faced with."

    you're insane. He is a wart on the nose of humanity.

  18. PUNISHER says:

    IMPEACHMENT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. OBAMA WILL USE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO NULLIFY ANY IMPEACHMENT. HE HAS THE POWER TO SAY I'M NOT LEAVING. IF THEY TRY AND ARREST HIM, HE WILL HAVE HIS BRAIN WASHED SECRATE SERVICE PROTECT HIM. WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM SHOOT IT OUT.MAYBE BIDEN WILL GET CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE.

  19. Reagan. Bush I. Bush II.
    Carter. Clinton. Obama.
    I detect a reverse evolution going on here.
    If America is the greatest country on earth, you wouldn't know it by the progressively worse specimens we get in the White House.

  20. It will also slow down his communist agenda and make the STATE-RUN, FIFTH COLUMN MEDIA cover all charges rather than covering them up as they now are doing; like you said, it will put the blame on the "Dem-O-Coms" for whatever ensues (TYRANNY – REVOLUTION) squarely on them if they let this Muslim-Marxist jihadist, NWO puppet skate!

  21. Think again on your premise.

  22. That’s what you get for calling him president.

    If you called him correctly the USURPER a sheriff could go right over and arrest him and throw him in the back of cruiser!