Impeachment is in the Mail

Conservatives have long been waiting for impeachment to come to Capitol Hill. Soon, it will come to their mailboxes.

Constitutional conservatives around the country will soon receive a 17-page package from the National Campaign for an Impeachment Inquiry, an undertaking of The Conservative Caucus (TCC). The conservative watchdog organization bills the mailing a “national ballot of 5,000,000 registered voters” on “Whether Congress Should Launch An Impeachment Inquiry Into President Barack Hussein Obama’s Assault On Our Constitution.” It will include a survey and “Special Report” asking recipients to note whether they agree with each reason the report offers.

The left-wing Talking Points Memo announced the letter on its website today.

Founded in 1974, TCC is chaired by Howard Phillips. Phillips initiated impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton in 1994 – a full four years before Congressional Republicans got around to it. Now, he is turning his sights on Barack Obama.

The ballot begins:

The purpose of this survey of 5,000,000 registered voters is to show pro-freedom, pro-Constitutional members of Congress that there is broad public support for the new Congress to conduct a full Inquiry into whether President Barack Hussein Obama has kept his oath of office to faithfully “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”

If this inquiry concludes that he has not, impeachment proceedings would then begin.

Those who receive the survey will get to answer, point blank: “Do you think the new Congress should immediately launch an Impeachment Inquiry into whether or not President Obama has faithfully protected and defended the Constitution of the United States, as required by his oath of office?”

The package reviews the Obama administration’s shameless and pervasive violation of the U.S. Constitution and its desire to remake our form of government. Rahm Emanuel vowed never to “let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” The report continues, “Now we know what Rahm Emanuel meant by that statement. He meant that the Obama Administration planned to use the economic recession to permanently and fundamentally transform America.”

The nationalization of the health care industry is the most significant step taken to that end in a generation. Phillips shows that the bill is unconstitutional on several grounds, beginning with the mandate that Americans purchase health care insurance. He quotes a judgment the Congressional Budget Office made about HillaryCare in 1994: “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of Federal action.” Then he quotes Judge Andrew Napolitano, who found the act unconstitutional because it commandeers the state legislatures, forcing them to pay for ObamaCare and regulate their internal state markets. The fraudulent accounting employed in ObamaCare and its establishment of 159 new government agencies – none authorized by the U.S. Constitution – give readers a panoply of reasons to reject the bill’s legality.

Both the executive and the legislative branches share responsibility for passing government-run health care – a bill that a strict constructionist court would strike down. However, the president alone bears responsibility for enforcing the law, something Phillips proves Obama willingly fails to do. In a section entitled “Obama Refuses to Enforce Laws He Does Not Like,” Phillips specifically mentions the president’s unilateral decision to waive accountability for labor unions. The law requires organized labor to itemize its expenditures and report conflicts of interest, but Obama – who is deeply indebted to Big Labor – has excused its fat cat leaders from doing so.

This section alone could fill a book. President Obama similarly fails to apply voter intimidation laws against the New Black Panther Party, federal deportation laws against illegal immigrants (including his mailing ballots to military voters to a number of states, requirements to purge the dead from the voting rolls nationally, and the U.S. Constitution to virtually any bill he has ever signed, endorsed, or proposed. Officials in his home state even look the other way when the first lady, Michelle Obama, openly violates state campaign laws by flagrantly electioneering inside a polling place.

A number of other reasons are given – although at 17 pages, the list seems merely the tip of an iceberg. These include President Obama’s plan to “seize more than 10 million acres of oil and natural gas-rich land in the Western United States by placing it under the ‘protection’ of the Department of the Interior.” (Phillips speculates this may be “the first step in an Obama plan to build a massive government-owned and operated oil and natural gas company.” Perhaps, but this author would have a hard time seeing Obama drill anywhere.)

The survey asks recipients if they agree or disagree with each aspect of the report in detail. Obama’s view that the U.S. Constitution “represents the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.” He has institutionalized his constitutional philosophy in the activist justices he has nominated for the Supreme Court.

This reference is the key strength of the TCC report. The Constitution is the charter of our national government, and it empowers the Congress to impeach any president who refuses to abide by its limitations. Any president who steps outside its well-defined boundaries is a legitimate target for impeachment. No statutory criminal violations are necessary; if the president violates the Constitution, the Constitution enables the people, through their elected officials, to remove him from office.

No one makes this point better than Phillips, a three-time presidential candidate for the Constitution Party (formerly the U.S. Taxpayers Party). Phillips resigned the Nixon administration after Nixon broke his promise to shut down the Office of Economic Opportunity, which Phillips headed. Long before others discovered the free-flowing spigot of federal largesse into left-wing groups like ACORN and La Raza, Phillips was fighting the good fight to end this – and all – unconstitutional spending. He has testified not only against the nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, but also David Souter – and the nation would have been better off had the Senate listened either time. Today, he continues his educational and political efforts. Additionally, his television program Conservative Roundtable is available in 32 states and on by demand on YouTube.

Phillips writes that this mailing will be the first of one million “Voter Education Letters per month to explain why an Impeachment Inquiry is needed and showing voters how to pressure their elected representatives in Congress to launch an immediate Impeachment Inquiry.”

The reason, he explains, is clear: politicians need to feel the fire. He acknowledges “even a conservative Congressional majority will be reluctant to begin impeachment proceedings without overwhelming public support. That’s why we must begin now to educate voters and build public pressure on Congress to begin Impeachment proceedings.”

Some did – and some still do – deride the notion of impeaching a commander-in-chief who is manifestly hostile to the constitution of the United States. In the opening months of Obama’s presidency – believing they had seen a political realignment against traditional conservatism – they counseled conservatives to shut up and be grateful the president had appointed “moderates”…like Hillary Clinton.

Others, like Howard Phillips, were not so blind, unscrupulous, or opportunistic.

In the intervening 22 months, Barack Obama’s criminality and disregard for the American form of government have become undeniable to virtually everyone.

Together, a growing chorus of conservatives, Tea Party patriots, and constitutionalists are calling for someone to finally face the consequences of violating the charter our Founding Fathers sacrificed so much to give to us and our posterity. Our campaign is succeeding. Rep. Darrell Issa plans a flurry of investigations in the new Congress. Even Jonathan Chait of The New Republic agrees; the Republican Party will eventually impeach Barack Obama.

Conservatives, constitutionalists, and patriots – it is up to us to keep the pressure on.

Watch your mail for the National Campaign for an Impeachment Inquiry.

America’s permanent “transformation” may hang in the balance.