by Chris Stevenson
You may have missed it, I know I did. But last month, December 3rd 2013 to be exact, there was a hearing, almost like a secret hearing or meeting among members of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the implementation of something they didn’t want to reveal.
A 12/4 article by Tom Kludt for TPM LIVEWIRE shows this to be a republican thing that even they don’t understand. “Republicans Try To Discuss Obama Impeachment Without Using the ‘I-Word,” was barely a blur on my rotating newsfeed before it went off. But I have to admit, I remembered it a few days or weeks later and Googled it. Steve King (R) of IA was quoted by the Washington Post as saying [impeachment is] “the word that we don’t like to say in this committee, and I’m not about to utter here in this particular hearing.” In others words 1st they don’t want to be seen as kooks. 2nd Consider this a dry-run before the 2014 midterm elections, republicans victories overwhelming both the House and Senate won’t find them backing down on impeachments as the dems did with the George W. Bush impeachment talks after the ‘06 midterm election.
As far as their fear of looking like kooks is concerned, unfortunately the House GOP has already beat themselves to it. You see, as soon as the first I-word rolled off from between the first republican lips, they have already sank themselves to the same level as that nutty black preacher from Harlem who not long ago held just such an imaginary court martial of President Obama and is still trying to pass it off as real. I suppose no one told Obama he was ruled guilty, but that’s beside the point.
Of course the Washington Post, and TPM face stiff competition on Obama impeachment coverage when compared to the awesomeness of the Weekly World News and Pastor David Manning of Atlah Ministries and of course Alan Keys who always seems to find a way to rear his “conservative” head on occasions like this.
Since the reasons for the proposed impeachment hearing are even more hilarious than the news of the impeachment hearings itself, I won’t bother you with any details. The truth is most of the items they charge him with look more applicable to Congress. One commenter on Kludt’s page said it best, “If you ain’t got the guts to say it, you don’t have the balls to do it.”
This sudden silence by congressional republicans on impeachment is a departure given the many bold and shameless things they outwardly said and done to get back at Obama for many of his policies. You will find even back in early-’07 I wasn’t on board with him running just yet, I thought it was too early. Hillary was my candidate. I began backing Obama when Hillary played too cautious about backing the Rutgers girls basketball team after shock-jock Don Imus attacked them on the air, and I haven’t regretted it since.
Make no mistake about it, Barack Hussein Obama is a remarkably amazing individual and US President, but he’s not perfect nor should be seen as such. Yes there are things you could take him to task on; the rendition program, NSA, George Zimmerman… once many of you black and white, get past his skin color. That’s not going to happen because the President’s skin makes them so mad at Obama, that they fail to see clearly.
Why for instance didn’t President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t pursue federal charges against George Zimmerman after his acquittal even though he continues to be a danger to others and himself? Opting instead as late as Nov.5 to give us a teaser with Holder then being quoted in the Washington Times and Breitbart.com saying “he’s still not sure if the federal government will pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman.” As far as Obama’s recent statement about unveiling his plan to bring about new restrictions against spying on foreign leaders and the handling of phone and internet personal information, it almost doesn’t matter. The damage has already been done. Who really cares if coach Bill Belichick stopped spying on other teams? By now he already has enough info on them to know most of their plays and their habits. Get it? You see, Obama has a tendency to brush you off with a quick ‘may consider’ statement which goes unnoticed by a lot of republicans critics and some on the left. This is what happened to his inference he was going to take members of the old Bush Administration to task on torture.
It is good for voters to know who the personalities behind these impeachment talks are, rest assured they are light years away from the figure Alan Keys claims is the driving force, Jesus Christ, in more ways than one. Among them King, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe (an anti-environmentalist), Kerry Bentivolio, and Blake Farenthold.
What the republicans need much more than an Obama impeachment, is more abandonments. Last fall North Carolina’s Jason Thigpen announced his departure from the Republican Party to join the democrats. Thigpen is not a member of Congress, but is currently running for the 3rd Congressional District. His website news page explains his shift: “Enough is enough, after discussing it with my wife and family, I’ve decided to run as a democrat rather than a republican. I simply cannot stand with a party where it’s most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people. Nothing about my platform has nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.” It seems republicans everywhere are nearing the brink, in Buffalo a local right-wing talk jock named Tom Bauerle admitted himself to ECMC for psychiatric evaluation after police found him searching his yard in a blizzard, with a loaded gun.
Thigpen is an Army veteran. His big reason for leaving the republicans is his objection to the NC voting laws. “I didn’t go to war to defend the liberties and freedoms of one party, race, sex, or one income class of Americans,” he was quoted in The Raw Story. The raw truth is I don’t know if Thigpen is sincere or just see’s an opportunity, he’s running against incumbent Walter Jones (R) (a former Democrat) who has a conservative challenger (Frank Palombo) who could split the GOP vote in light of his switch. But what I do know is he’s right about what the Republican Party has come to, and this is even more proven with these reports of impeaching President Obama. The government shutdown made more than a few republicans take a 2nd look at their party, a party seeming more bent to make economy-damaging moves based on personal spite.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video interviews and commentary on Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.