Bachmann, et al, should take the impeachment removal pledge

The Constitution vests Congress with the power to discipline the President. What sense does it make for Congress to seek such disciplinary action from the judicial branch, which has no power to enforce its opinions without the President's aid? The Constitutional obligation to hold the President accountable for dereliction of duty clearly follows the responsibility for impeachment and removal. The U.S. Constitution gives that responsibility to Congress, not the Supreme Court. (Why de facto government (Tyranny) is replacing the Constitution)

The words quoted above are from an article I wrote in March of last year.  I thought of them recently as I was reading a report that “Michele Bachmann says House conservatives are preparing to sue President Obama for executive overreach in response to his threats of unilateral action on a host of issues.”  Apparently Bachmann and some others in Congress believe that “legislation allowing lawmakers to hire an attorney…can force the president to act under the Constitution.”

The key word here is “force”. Bachmann and her colleagues need to remember that the Judicial Branch doesn’t have any. As Hamilton observes in Federalist 78:

The judiciary…has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction of the strength or of the wealth of the society, and can take no active resolution whatever.  It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive even for the efficacy of its judgments.

Obviously, in contrast with many politicians these days, Hamilton took pains to think things through.

Let’s assume, for instance, that Bachmann and her colleagues succeed in passing the legislation they seek. (Alright, it’s unlikely given the fact that the Democrats presently control the U.S. Senate. But “for the sake of the argument…” as they say, let’s ignore that difficulty.)  Let’s further assume that their case gets to the Supreme Court, which issues an opinion supporting their view that the President’s actions are unconstitutional.

What happens next?  Perhaps Obama rolls over, bows to the Supreme Court, and retracts his Executive orders.  That might happen, or it might not.  Let’s say that it doesn't happen. Instead...[read more]

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Comment by John R. Lancellotti on February 4, 2014 at 2:46am

NICE PIECE ... But late. Doesn't anyone read the replies to these blogs?  I've been talking about ways to stop Obama for months.  I've ALREADY written Rep. Bachmann (who, by the way, has decided NOT to run for reelection), and proposed my solution to this RUNAWAY CHIEF EXECTIVE. Impeachment is darn near impossible.  HOWEVER, there is something that can and will work:   A CITIZEN'S ARREST. If you get close enough to him, you put your hand on his arm and you say, I'm placing you under arrest for violation of the national healthcare law.   He violated it when he suspended its implementation for certain people.  He can't do that.  Do it suddenly makes him nothing more than a citizen, breaking a law.  Suppose he took a gun and held up a bank.  Would you try to IMPEACH him?  Hell no.  You'd try to capture him before he got away and you'd place him under arrest.  A president is not unarrestable.  So someone has got to arrest him, take him to a police station, announce that you've made a citizen's arrest and ask that you suspect be locked up until he can be arraigned and have bail set. Of course it would be preposterous if you or I tried to do it.  Michele Bachmann, a congressman, might be another story. She or some other Republican congressman must do it.  It eliminates the need to wait for a strong majority in the senate that would permit an impeachment ... and no one would have to wait for the November election ... an election that Obama might declare null and void, merely by declaring a state of emergency...giving him the right to impose martial law.  So someone has got to ARREST the president of the United States. He's broken the law. In the past.  We don't even have to wait for him to do something now with his pen and his telephone ... his latest threats to make himself a dictator.  Best always, John R.   

Comment by Dennis L on February 2, 2014 at 7:34am

The points made by Allan are valid but lets bring things back to reality. Conservatives just don't have the numbers to impeach the president, nor even vote in a Conservative president in 2016.  The welfare/dependency class far outnumbers us and they will vote for the handouts.  The best that we an hope for is a 2016 presidential candidate that is more populist in nature. One who is firmly for the middle class working American and one who will lead policies to rebuild our decimated industrial base and make us self sufficient once again. I predict that in 2016 the Republicans will nominate a soft Republican like Mike Huckabee as their candidate. Given the current makeup of the electorate, that's the best that we can hope for.

Comment by D.B.S. on February 2, 2014 at 1:13am

Mr.  Edie Boudreau,

We already have a plan. And it's a plan that cannot be ignored or contested. It's called Operation American Spring and our inspiration comes from our brothers-in-freedom in the Ukraine. They are fighting to hold onto the Democracy they have come to love, much like we are, but they are showing us how it get's done...

All Patriots please go here and learn. It's very simple to understand, just look at the pictures... http://zyalt.livejournal.com/986689.html

For God and Country!

Comment by William Homolka on February 1, 2014 at 9:40pm

Yo, Darwin, glad to see you back. It's always refreshing to read your comments, Brother. And you are absolutely correct.

Comment by William Homolka on February 1, 2014 at 9:37pm

Let's stop wasting time with frivolous lawsuits and work at getting the American people riled up about the fact that their [p]Resident is NOT an eligible, legal president. Instead, he is a fraud and usurper because he is not a natural-born citizen and NOT qualified - and never was in spite of his fraudulent "birth certificates" and other fraudulent credentials. Our Congress has the power to form a special committee to challenge the usurper, and the Cold Case Posse has the goods on him. Where are the needed balls to get this done? Two special committees in fact: one to challenge Obama's eligibility, the other to investigate his treason in Benghazi on 9/11/12 and his giving support to his Muslim Brothers.  We will find this phony guilty on both counts!!  My comments are probably going to the bottom of this site.

Comment by Darwin Rockantansky on February 1, 2014 at 8:59pm

The Article V / Convention of the States / Constitutional Conference would be GREAT!

That way there would be absolute peace!

The Democrats will rule the world and we patriots will nestle quietly in the FEMA camps until they get around to burying us.

Get real! 

A Con-Con would go like this:

Step 1: abolish the current constitution.

Step 2: Anoint Obama King for life.

No step 3.

There are no rules for a Con-Con and the progressives will stack the deck.

We do not need more amendments. (yet).

We do not need a new constitution. (ever).

We DO need to either elect true representatives of We The People or abolish the federal government completely.

Comment by Edie Boudreau on February 1, 2014 at 8:18pm

Almost a month ago ~100 political representatives of 30 States met for a weekend conference at Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home, to discuss the Convention of States project that needs 40 States to approve any number of Amendments to our Constitution. All of this was made possible by Article V of our Constitution written by the Founding Fathers. The Feds cannot prevent it because it is in the Constitution as a way for States to take back their Sovereignty from a corrupt Federal government that has illegally taken away their power.  Read Mark Levin's book "The Liberty Amendments" to understand how the American people's voices can contribute, and go to Conventionofstates.com to see if your State has joined the movement. Then volunteer to do whatever you can to save our country and Constitution.

Comment by Rev. David Felten on February 1, 2014 at 7:54pm

Mr Keyes,

We, already, have a problem with too many lawyers and lawsuits.

I believe the current demands of the president and his administration should be made part of a recall petition and processed State by State.  Once the majority of States have submitted theheir forms with the proper number of verified signatures, a cover Bill calling for action can be prepared and submitted.

God bless,


Comment by Janis Eisenstark on February 1, 2014 at 6:56pm
Candid camera issue?
Comment by Marcia Wood on February 1, 2014 at 6:39pm

Alan, I think you might reach out to Michele, Cruz, Paul or Lee - everything you said in your article makes so much sense.  It seems to me, most of these lawsuits are frivolous and without teeth after reading your message.  Thanks Marcia

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