There is nothing unusual about mere mortals revealing their fatal flaws. We’ve been doing it since the Greeks wrote plays about human tragedy. In my lifetime, Richard Nixon had his Watergate. He used his office to uncover secrets he might have used to get re-elected had he not been caught red-handed. As it is, he left office a defeated man. Bill Clinton had his fling with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He kept his job, but underwent the humiliation of impeachment before it was over. In both cases, men who wore the mantle of greatness which had been bestowed upon them by the American people, fell short of the oaths they took to “…faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
When people discuss “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” which is the phrase which launches impeachment, they automatically think that for a President to commit one, it has to be a hum-dinger…a really, really big crime. It does. The Founding Fathers were men to whom honor meant a great deal. In their minds, the breaking of an oath and/or committing perjury or lying was unthinkably unworthy of a man who had risen to public office and, to do so was a REALLY big deal. They made provisions for such bad behavior as telling lies. That provision is called impeachment and it’s time to visit it upon Barack Obama.
I have not yet fully digested the implications of the fundraising scandal which is just now coming to the surface of national awareness. It may be that Barack Obama purposely manipulated his online fundraising process in order to garner donations which exceed the statutory limits and which may come from overseas sources. If I understand this correctly, this may be serious criminal activity and may result in jail time. But, there is no need to speculate on whether or not this is the case – at this point, anyway. There is already plenty of suspicion hanging over this president in terms of the cover-up of facts surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi. It becomes increasingly clear that Obama screwed up. Then, to make matters worse and in deference to his political aspirations, he tried to cover the whole thing up.
Here’s a bulletin: Nobody lost their lives as a result of Nixon’s Watergate. Monica Lewinsky wasn’t deflowered and even though the Oval Office was sullied, nobody died because Bill Clinton lied about having “…sexual relations with that woman.” Benghazi-gate, on the other hand, is stained with the blood of American citizens and those citizens died because of this administration’s negligence. This is serious stuff, folks.
I’m pleased to see that Congressman Darryl Issa and his committee are taking Benghazigate seriously. While the administration sought to delay the investigation until after the election, as I type this, preparations are being made to grill Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others for the failure to provide adequate protection for our Libyan diplomats beginning on Wednesday. We have learned via the media that requests for additional security were repeatedly made ahead of the attacks. Those requests were denied even though the British Ambassador was the subject to two assassination attempts in the weeks leading up to September 11th.
It would appear that the President, whose only tenuous claim to fame came from what he saw as a strong foreign policy, did not want to have that particular balloon unceremoniously deflated just weeks ahead of the election. He and his acolytes sought to make the entire mess go away by blaming the attacks on a tasteless video which, as it worked out, managed to fuel the fires of unrest around the Muslim world. The “apologies” for the video only made things worse by giving the zealots something to riot over.
If oath breakers and liars are to be impeached, then it’s time for the House of Representatives to take action. Whether it be before or after the election, it’s time to remove Barack Obama from office for his High Crimes and Misdemeanors.