I’ll Put My Cookies Where Your Mouth Is…

So, we’ve have seen the ‘Impeach Obama’ bumper stickers. Every time I see one, I am seized with the urge to tuck a mini-Constitution under the windshield. People understand that this is not England, right? Impeachment does not equal Vote of No Confidence. You can’t just demand the removal of an elected executive (or justice) because they offend thine eye.

Yet we see this over and over and over again. And for some, a bumper sticker just isn’t a large enough stage for the ignorance behind the sentiment.

Because I Said So!!!

You can read here about this expensive display of stupidity here, but I will break it on down for you.  This billboard is currently up along highway 41 in Oshkosh, WI and is under contract to stay up for 6 months at a cost of $1,000.00 per month. The sign was paid for by an unnamed company represented by one Tom Wroblewski. Mr. Wroblewski, when asked about the sign, informed talkingpointed that Washington politics are bad for small businesses (and let me point out that my very small business is doing just fine, thank you very much and STFU because you don’t talk for me). Which is nonresponsive enough, but isn’t the best part.

Wroblewski went on to say – here it comes – that despite the clear and unambiguous directive to IMPEACH OBAMA, he’s not suggesting Obama committed an impeachable offense.

Which leads me to throw down this tasty gauntlet.  If anyone can tell me, (1) with specificity and explicit references to the Constitution and (2) impeachment law and (3) based on ACTUAL REALLY REAL FACTS, exactly *why* Obama should be impeached, I will send you a batch of homemade cookies. You may choose the type – and yes, I will even put green jellybeans and judgment in them if you so elect.

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8 Comments

  1. Chenoa said,

    February 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Sigh… I do so love living in liberal states. If it weren’t for the internet and newspapers, I would hardly know about this BS.

  2. Laci the Dog said,

    February 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I would hate to think how long governments would last in the US if there were a parliamentary system with the vote of no confidence. Would the US have more governments than Italy has had?

  3. ksub2000 said,

    February 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    SFL, if you need any mini-Constitutions to distribute, let me know. I’m a Wexis rep at my law school and we receive mini-Constitutions by the boxful.

  4. Amy said,

    February 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Chenoa, where do you live? Maybe I can move there…

  5. Reuben Ky said,

    February 17, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I like cookies! so, i’ll take a shot at this.

    Section 9 of the Constitution says:

    No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

    Basicly saying that an elected public official can only hold the one office they were elected to. Ya know, keep down the conflict of interest. Oh yea, and no accepting of any gifts though (unless congress says its ok).

    Well, on September 24th ’09 Obama sat on the chair of the 64th UN security council.

    Here’s an NBC article http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/NATLObama-to-Chair-UN-Security-Council-58022432.html

    Oh, and a Youtube video of him being anounced as the first american president ever to hold the position (I think there’s a reason for it).

    And, here he is actually taking the seat.

    So, as far as I know, congress didnt even talk about this, so maybe its one of those “Silence is Approval” thingies.

    I’m not a constitutional lawyer or anything, but to me…. I think this kinda falls under a direct violation of artical 9.

    At the very least, I think it holds a little more weight than Mr. Billboard there. That’s just a silly. Oh, and sorry for spelling errors.

  6. southern female lawyer said,

    February 17, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hey there Reuben KY! Welcome aboard. And I have to give you HUGE kudos for a valiant and innovative attempt. If this is a popular idea, this is the first I have heard about it. Unfortunately, for reasons I will explain below, I don’t think it rises to support an Impeachment on either legal or factual grounds. Your attempt, however, is worthy of at least some virtual cookies.

    First, the constitutional limitation on power you reference above is in Article 1 of the Constitution, which governs the powers, duties, and limits of Congress. What Art 1 Sec 9 does is keep Congress from neutering the Constitution and the people’s say as to the Executive. It is historically read to mean that Congress cannot convert us to a monarchy, cannot tie land to titles, cannot usurp the people’s roll in determining an executive leader – shortly put, Congress cannot create new positions of power that are ‘royal’ in nature. Nor accept such a position. No royals! No monarchy!

    Second, it is a limit on Congressional power, not Executive.

    Third, Congress didn’t bestow any monarchal title on Obama. Nor did anyone else.

    Fourth, no “King, Prince, or Foreign State” bestowed anything on anyone.

    Fifth, Obama’s actions were taken as part of his proper exercise of his Art 2 power. Indeed, if any “power” is involved in his actions, it is his Art 2 Sec 2 treaty power.

    Last, and most importantly, how is anything that Obama has done “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”? Has he done anything to intentionally harm America? Or has he just adopted policy that people disagree with?

  7. Reuben said,

    February 18, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Ahh, you are right, that it is listed under the legislative section. I may be presumptious when I read “*no* persons holding *any* office of profit or trust” would be a blanket term to any elected official, and Obama sitting as the Chair of the Security Council would be the Office/Title that would be bestowed upon him by the UN being the Foriegn state, regardless of its short term. But that’s just how I break it down in my head. Even though the talks were over nuclear proliferation and peace, It put Obama in a very very powerful position.

    Obama’s power of treaty must also come with the approval of the Senate, and even by a 2/3’s consent as well.

    He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.

    As far as I know, he didnt get any approval from anyone in the Legislative, he just stepped up to the plate.

    But, hyphotheticly, even if Obama’s actions were in violation of the constitution, I doubt anyone would do anything about it anyway.

    In November of ’08, Dennis Kucinich brought 35 articles of impeachment against Bush, and obviously nothing ever came of that.

    http://impeachment.kucinich.us/

  8. b.g. said,

    February 28, 2010 at 8:06 am

    If you’re going to distribute mini-Constitutions to these anencephalics, make sure they use very small words. Better yet, do away with words and illustrate everything in pictures, using primary colors.


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