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The Impeachment of President Obama, Mark II

Tom Mendelsohn

obama 300x204 The Impeachment of President Obama, Mark IIIt is not a revelation to suggest that certain elements of the American political spectrum hold a dislike for their president. He is, in some circles, quite unpopular even.

He comes in for a degree of criticism. Fair enough, the US is a polarised place, politically, and George W Bush copped his share of abuse from the left when he was in power. It’s all part of the game.

It’s just that at the moment, the stakes are so much higher. There’s been at least one concerted effort to impeach him, with all that palaver over his maybe being Kenyan and therefore not a natural born citizen of the US and therefore legally ineligible to govern. This ‘birther’ conspiracy has so far failed to gain traction, except amongst crazy people, and Obama remains unimpeached.

With this failure in mind, the malign forces arrayed against him – or, at least, the Republican Party of Iowa – are changing tack. They want to use the Thirteenth Amendment. Scholars of the American Constitution might just have quirked an eyebrow at that; after all, the Thirteenth has a fair bit of psychic baggage to it. It’s the one that abolished slavery.

You can breathe out: they aren’t trying to re-establish slavery and oust the President for that. No, they’re trying to reintroduce the original Thirteenth Amendment. According to Think Progress, the Iowa GOP:

wants to reintroduce the ‘original 13th Amendment’ first offered by senator Phillip Reed of Maryland in 1810. The amendment states that ‘if any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honor’ from a ‘foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen’ and ‘shall be incapable of holding any office of trust.’ In receiving only 12 out of the 13 votes needed for ratification, the amendment was never adopted.

Seems benign, right? Wrong. In introducing this inconsequential little amendment, Obama would suddenly be open to impeachment…for accepting his Nobel Peace Prize.

For a constituency which spends most of its time howling about the sanctity of the Constitution, this is quite an outré gambit. The Constitution is everything to the Right in America at the moment, and they use it to criticise just about everything their opponents on the left do that they don’t like (i.e. just about everything they do) as being ‘unconstitutional’. To turn around and then start adding your own spurious amendments is about as rank as hypocrisy gets.

And that’s without the other logical corollaries to the so-called thirteenthers’ plan – the Iowa Independent (no relation) reckons that, as the amendment would have banned lawyers and bankers from serving in government, ‘every act of federal government since 1819 would be deligitimised’. I guess that shows quite how little they want him in office…

It is not a revelation to suggest that certain elements of the American political spectrum hold a dislike for their president. He is, in some circles, quite unpopular even.

He comes in for a degree of criticism. Fair enough, the US is a polarised place, politically, and George W Bush copped his share of abuse from the left when he was in power. It’s all part of the game.

It’s just that at the moment, the stakes are so much higher. There’s been at least one concerted effort to impeach him, with all that palaver over his maybe being black Kenyan and therefore not a natural born citizen of the US and therefore legally ineligible to govern. This ‘birther’ conspiracy has so far failed to gain traction, except amongst crazy people, and Obama remains unimpeached.

With this failure in mind, the malign forces arrayed against him – or, at least, the Republican Party of Iowa – are changing tack. They want to use the Thirteenth Amendment. Scholars of the American Constitution might just have quirked an eyebrow at that; after all, the Thirteenth has a fair bit of psychic baggage to it. It’s the one that abolished slavery.

You can breathe out: they aren’t trying to re-establish slavery and oust the President for that. No, they’re trying to reintroduce the original Thirteenth Amendment. According to Think Progress, the Iowa GOP:

wants to reintroduce the ‘original 13th Amendment’ first offered by senator Phillip Reed of Maryland in 1810. The amendment states that ‘if any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honor’ from a ‘foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen’ and ‘shall be incapable of holding any office of trust.’ In receiving only 12 out of the 13 votes needed for ratification, the amendment was never adopted.

Seems benign, right? Wrong. In introducing this inconsequential little amendment, Obama would suddenly be open to impeachment…for accepting his Nobel Peace Prize.

For a constituency which spends most of its time howling about the sanctity of the Constitution, this is quite an outré gambit. The Constitution is everything to the Right in America at the moment, and they use it to criticise just about everything their opponents on the left do that they don’t like (i.e. just about everything they do) as being ‘unconstitutional’. To turn around and then start adding your own spurious amendments is about as rank as hypocrisy gets.

And that’s without the other logical corollaries to the so-called thirteenthers’ plan – the Iowa Independent (no relation) reckons that, as the amendment would have banned lawyers and bankers from serving in government, ‘every act of federal government since 1819 would be deligitimised’. I guess that really shows quite how much they don’t want him in office…

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  • frankspence

    Again with the racist slur. My objection to Obama is based purely on experience and Policies. Listening to him on the campaign trail was like listening to Tony Blair in 1997, and since his election the lies and corruption have mirrored “New Labour” as well. Having come to power with a surplus Labour built a deficit equal to the total of all deficits since the foundation of the B o E 300 years ago. I will grant that Obama took over an economy in deficit but he has grown it exponentially with one bill after another and at roughly $1 trillion per bill, it cannot go on! America now has a deficit of in excess of $14 trillion, and in spite of this when passing the extension of Unemployment instead of using some of the unspent stimulus they voted new money, that is insane.

  • Oscar Weird

    So, cut your arms expenditure, which at the moment is more than the rest of the world combined and is about eight times that of your nearest rival.

  • http://shiningwit.tumblr.com/ Tom Mendelsohn

    Did you see Dale Robertson’s – the dude who runs teaparty.org – sign? He trakes it to rallies. It says ‘Congress = slave owner, Taxpayer = niggar’. That is fairly unequivocally racist.

    I’m not calling the entire Right of America racist. I’m not calling most of them racist. I am not calling you racist. But to deny that there are any racist elements in the current movement is disingenuous.

  • Oscar Weird

    I have lived in Texas and stayed long periods in the Old South. Unlike Mendelsohn, I would say the majority of the American right is racist. I once had to be physically restrained on hearing the Limbaugh fistula singing ‘Puff, the Magic Negro’ on his radio program.

  • LivingInAmerika

    Americans don’t impeach Presidents for anything the President has actually done to them.

    (Sex with a consenting adult is impeachable though.)

  • johnheppell

    Love it – freedom does exist still on the face of the earth.

    Why does Europe not adopt the USA constituion?
    :-)

  • frankspence

    Be careful what you wish for. The Eurocrats and Europhiles will tell you that that was what was intended under the defeated European Constitution now the Lisbon Treaty. What Europe actually needs is to return to it’s original concept, a Trading Group which can act in concert when it is in their mutual interest. I do not know any one who voted to stay in the EEC that did so in the hopes of it becoming a super state. To accomplish what you ask member states would have to cede at least 95% of their powers to Brussels.


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