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J.E. Dyer: Palin and the strategic impeachment question





Most of the criticism of Governor Palin’s call for Obama’s impeachment has been political. In short, the conventional wisdom on the right goes something like this: Obama has certainly violated his oath to protect and defend the constitution but he should be given a pass because it would be politically … what?… uncomfortable to hold him to account, so, therefore, we should dismiss all talk of impeachment as "unserious" or something because it might hurt the GOP’s electoral prospects in November. In an excellent piece, J.E. Dyer makes the case that not all decisions can or should be framed by politics alone, that sometimes we must find the will to do what is right, beltway politics be damned. With America’s future as a free country at stake due to the unprecedented lawlessness of this administration, by any objective measure this is one of those times: Our country’s survival is more important than petty partisan politics. Here are a few excerpts from Dyer’s article:

But Sarah Palin’s call for impeachment (video below), far from being unserious, reframes the issue in a larger context.  If Andrew McCarthy has made the prosecutorial case for impeachment, Palin makes the strategic case for impeachment.  From her implied perspective, the prosecutorial case is a supporting effort.  The main effort is removing Obama from office.  The reason is that he is transforming America – fatally, unacceptably – in ways that are inconsistent with the provisions of our Constitution and our nation’s very founding purpose.

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The burden of Palin’s case is actually found in just two sentences from her Facebook video.  Speaking of what Obama is likely to do in the next two years to expand executive overreach, she says:

We can’t let what we know is going to happen next happen.

Right near the end of the video, she concludes with the following:

We’re in a lot of trouble and things are only going to get worse until we send this message, that it is time to impeach.

Palin is warning that there is an emergency for the republic that overrides the prescriptive calculations of politics.  A natural follow-on question, from this perspective, would be whether we consider the conventions of politics to be a suicide pact.  Must political analysis about factions and the next election dictate our course of action?

[...]

In purely strategic terms, there’s another important point about this.  If conservatives don’t have a larger goal than impeaching Obama, then anything that comes along can knock us off course in the attempt.  Others who have prosecuted long-term strategies can vouch for this.  The “impeach Obama” effort can tack and trim, but the larger goal of correcting America’s overall political course has to remain a true north keeping us on base course.

The scariest part of the strategy – at least for the GOP establishment – is changing the coin of political dialogue: consciously ceasing to accept the terms framed by the last century’s media-approved, leftist-defined conventions.  Only some of our political and opinion leaders have the necessary facility with that to make headway – and headway will have to be made.  More and more of the American people realize something is very wrong in our polity, but most will have to hear someone else articulate compelling ideas about what it is in order to frame their own thoughts.

There are very few politicians who are doing that fearlessly already.  But I think we can learn from both Palin and Cruz on this matter, by looking at their approaches to the impeachment question.

Palin, whose political experience is executive, chose to make a categorical case for what must be done.  That’s actually what an executive leader does.  She didn’t hedge her case with a discussion of caveats and political obstacles.  She assuredly understood that she would come in for a lot of criticism, but it wasn’t her purpose to deflect criticism.  Her purpose was to make a case to the people for what needs to be done.

Again, there’s much more to Dyer’s article and I urge you go here and read the whole thing.

(h/t Whitney Pitcher)



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  • Joe Fine

    Excellent article, it’s a must read. Once again, Sarah leads in her analysis and sheer love of country first.

    • DocBarry1

      Excellent post right to the point

    • mainelysteve

      Somebody send this to O"Reilly & Goldberg, quick!

  • http://lenbilen.com/ Lennart Bilén

    Again, Sarah looks at the future of this nation, and the case to fight to save it is far more important than her own political future

  • http://batman-news.com jerseymark

    No one could be better at placing this issue at center stage than Sarah. The "elected officials" are to scared of the Left media going into this election cycle but Sarah is not up for election and is fearless in the face of the media onslaught she was sure to experience. By Sarah not only calling for Obama’s impeachment but also following up with the case for it and educating us that the "high crimes and misdemeanors" language in the Constitution DOES NOT

    • CaliPatCon

      I like what you stated. And would like to add that I admire Gov. Palin’s courage; as she runs toward the corrupt president, politicians, and the leftist media.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, Jerseymark!

  • CaliPatCon

    Well said J. e., thank you. And, I totally support Gov. Palin’s ralling call for Obama’s timpeachment. Indeed, I have felt like a mu h abused stranger in my own country. But this feeling of I’ll treatment by by those that swore to protect us begin with the Bush administration. However, Obama’s administration has multiplied the torturing pain.

    • Budvarakbar

      I’d say first Bush admin where the total sellout to the NWO Internationalists got into high gear — Ruby Ridge

  • http://www.conservatives4palin.com/ 1776er

    This is a very thoughtful piece from this blogger. It brings out a lot of important considerations to an impeachment experience for Obama and the nation.

    Points of agreement:

    Impeachment is not about criminal offenses. Never was the original intent of the Founders. It is about having the ability to remove a mistake. A political mistake that disgraces the office by personal misconduct or executive misconduct. A process by which to limit the damage to the nation from a dysfunctional situation.

    The main obstacle at present to impeachment in the Congress is a fear of the "Democrats will be aroused and circle the wagons and we won’t win as many seats in 2014″ conventional political thinking.

    "Is the republic in a crisis that ought to relegate the dynamics of electoral politics to a lower priority? Because if it is, then we can’t let the conventions of electoral politics be a suicide pact."

    The main need is a public dialogue building a consensus that Obama is seriously dysfunctional in many ways (among them actual criminal ways) and the safety of the nation warrants his removal before his crashing and burning downward spiraling administration comes to its fiery end perhaps irreparably damaging the nation as it does so.

    Obama isn’t the sole problem. The country is seriously off track. Washington is the problem, has been for years, the problem is getting worse and will end very badly if something is not done soon to shift course and put us back on track. Obama has simply added his personal and executive ineptness to a situation that has been eroding for quite awhile. He is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    This fits in quite nicely with 1776er’s thesis that the world is seeing the unraveling and the failure of the Madisonian vision of strong central government as the ideal governing model. The promise of the Federalists has been betrayed by petty, little, lawless, greedy, voracious, self-perpetuating politicians now bought and paid for by the Dominant Ruling Class with interests inherently at conflict with the Average Middle American who is viewed as a cog in a machine to be exploited. Obama is the poster boy of that now lethal dysfunction. He personifies it and can hardly disguise it in his own public speeches, rhetoric, fund raising obsession, lack of interest in the duties of the office and his personal performance.

    "What it does mean is that an impeachment effort should be prosecuted thoughtfully and deliberately, in the context of a larger vision for the future. It isn’t enough to impeach Obama. I think the people actually sense that, even if they can’t articulate it. Obama isn’t the sole problem.

    The larger, more basic problem is that our expectations about government and its role and functions have become badly corrupted. The whole proposition about that need not be laid out as a platform for the 2014 election. But correcting that problem should be our ultimate goal. If it isn’t, it won’t matter in the end whether Obama is impeached or removed from office or not."

    We can’t let the conventional political thinking about the November election steer us off track from beginning a serious national debate on how we fix the dysfunction in Washington. We can’t afford to wait until after the next election or the next election or the next election. We need to address where we are going now.

    "But here’s what we can’t wait for. We can’t wait for something to come along and make it easy or cost-free to talk in a meaningful way about impeachment. Such talk is warranted already, just based on what we do know about what Obama has done. Each person has to make up his own mind about whether our political circumstances rise to the level of emergency. The people and the denizens of the Beltway – with very different experiences of the pain inflicted by the unchecked Obama executive – have reason to be at odds on that evaluation."

    Here’s the thing: The denizens of the beltway who have not felt the pain inflicted by the unchecked Obama executive have no interest in challenging or changing the underlying dysfunction which Obama –The John Gotti of the Marxist Movement in America–has brought to embarrassing light by his flamboyant spectacle while in office. It is only We The People who can save the Republic and the Constitution by rising up in public outcry.

    The pols of both parties know this in their bones. They, too, should be impeached. For the very same reasons. If Obama is successfully held to account in an impeachment process for his slovenly and disgraceful conduct in office and the betrayal of the trust given to him can they, themselves, be far behind in that very same impeachment process?

  • cbenoistd

    Many of the Congressmen and Congresswomen who proposed impeaching George W. Bush still hold their seats. None of them is considered by his or her own party to be the pariah that Sarah Palin is. No poll was commissioned to make him or her keep quiet. http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Efforts_to_initiate_the_impeachment_of_President_George_W._Bush

    • lyndaaquarius

      says it all,doesn’t it? I trust Sarah Palin’s political/governing instincts.

      • Reynolds88

        so true.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Thank you, Doug.

    Excellent link and outstanding commentary. Sarah is right in every particular, and the more thoughtful Americans already know it.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Here’s my take on summarizing both McCarthy’s legal case and Sarah’s strategic case.

      Andrew McCarthy makes the legal case. McCarthy, in case you did not know, was the prosecutor who sent the Blind Sheik to life imprisonment for the first bombing of the World Trade Center:

      http://spectator.org/articles/59557/obama-impeachment-bible

      "This book is definitively authoritative, a straightforward and objective look at a president whose appetite for lawlessness, fueled by an Alinskyite sense of self-righteousness, is as troubling in its own right as it is a disturbing warning about future presidents who might attempt to build on this particular Obama legacy. As the story about the president and the pitchforks illustrates, this is a president who sees himself not as faithfully executing his office — the rule of law — but sees himself instead, as McCarthy notes in his introduction, as the “ruler of law.”…

      "What is McCarthy saying here? In prosecutorial style, he lays out the specifics of the case — as the book notes a ‘litany of abuses’ — for impeaching the president. Seven articles of impeachment are listed, detailed as only a thorough prosecutor can detail them…

      "The point McCarthy makes here is that while the legal case can be made in depth, the question of impeachment is in fact a political question. He’s right. Which quickly brings to the fore the seemingly endless problem with the Republican Establishment in Washington."

      Liberal attorney Jonathon Turley is quoted, as well:

      "Liberal Turley says ‘….Barack Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be. You know, he’s been allowed to act unilaterally in a way that we’ve fought for decades.’…

      "In writing Faithless Execution Andy McCarthy has accomplished that rarity. Writing exactly the right book at exactly the right time."

      Enter Sarah Palin. She makes the strategic case:

      http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/07/13/palin-strategic-impeachment-question/

      Of the two arguments, Sarah makes the more compelling one:

      "From her implied perspective, the prosecutorial case is a supporting effort. The main effort is removing Obama from office. The reason is that he is transforming America – fatally, unacceptably – in ways that are inconsistent with the provisions of our Constitution and our nation’s very founding purpose."

      Everyone to the right of Saul Alinsky has known that to be true, for years.

      "The burden of Palin’s case is actually found in just two sentences from her Facebook video. Speaking of what Obama is likely to do in the next two years to expand executive overreach, she says:

      "‘We can’t let what we know is going to happen next happen.’

      "Right near the end of the video, she concludes with the following:

      "‘We’re in a lot of trouble and things are only going to get worse until we send this message, that it is time to impeach.’

      "Palin is warning that there is an emergency for the republic that overrides the prescriptive calculations of politics. A natural follow-on question, from this perspective, would be whether we consider the conventions of politics to be a suicide pact. Must political analysis about factions and the next election dictate our course of action?…

      "The larger, more basic problem is that our expectations about government and its role and functions have become badly corrupted. The whole proposition about that need not be laid out as a platform for the 2014 election. But correcting that problem should be our ultimate goal. If it isn’t, it won’t matter in the end whether Obama is impeached or removed from office or not…

      "The scariest part of the strategy – at least for the GOP establishment – is changing the coin of political dialogue: consciously ceasing to accept the terms framed by the last century’s media-approved, leftist-defined conventions. Only some of our political and opinion leaders have the necessary facility with that to make headway – and headway will have to be made. More and more of the American people realize something is very wrong in our polity, but most will have to hear someone else articulate compelling ideas about what it is in order to frame their own thoughts.

      "There are very few politicians who are doing that fearlessly already. But I think we can learn from both Palin and Cruz on this matter, by looking at their approaches to the impeachment question.

      "Palin, whose political experience is executive, chose to make a categorical case for what must be done. That’s actually what an executive leader does. She didn’t hedge her case with a discussion of caveats and political obstacles. She assuredly understood that she would come in for a lot of criticism, but it wasn’t her purpose to deflect criticism. Her purpose was to make a case to the people for what needs to be done.

      "Cruz is an active legislator: no less a leader, but with a different perspective. Notice that although he didn’t explicitly join Palin’s call, he didn’t repudiate it either. He left the door open to impeachment (which has to start in the House, where he is not a factor) – and he wasn’t afraid to talk about it. Contrast that with John Boehner’s negative response to Palin’s impeachment call. It may not have been impolitic, from the standpoint of Beltway orthodoxy, but it was definitely astrategic. It leaves Boehner in an optionless, self-limited stance, with no place to go…

      "But here’s what we can’t wait for. We can’t wait for something to come along and make it easy or cost-free to talk in a meaningful way about impeachment. Such talk is warranted already, just based on what we do know about what Obama has done. Each person has to make up his own mind about whether our political circumstances rise to the level of emergency."

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, Laddie!

  • Keith M

    It is funny how the women of this country are standing up and fight, and the men (not all) are being cowards. They just want to give Obama a free pass. It was the women who went to the tomb of Jesus, while the men all huddle up in the house.

  • section9

    This is a writer who gets Palin’s long game. Well written, and a must read.

  • Palinprodigy

    When God almighty has your back great things will come forth!

    God’s Speed Sarah Palin! (2016)

  • myfairlady

    Thanks Doug! This is a great article. Governor does know what she’s doing, no matter what BOR and his side kick says.

  • qtdb7

    Article 2, Section 4 of The U.S. Constitution:

    "
    The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the
    United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for,
    and Conviction of, Teason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and
    Misdemeanors.
    "
    .
    .

    High Crimes and Misdemeanors
    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/High+Crimes+and+Misdemeanors

    "

    The generally accepted viewpoint is much broader. It defines high
    crimes and misdemeanors as any serious abuse of power—including
    both legal and illegal activities. Supporters of this reading
    believe that because impeachment is a public inquiry, first and
    fore-most, it is appropriate to read the phrase broadly in order
    to provide the most thorough inquiry possible. Thus, a civil
    officer may face impeachment for misconduct, violations of oath
    of office, serious incompetence, or, in the case of judges,
    activities that undermine public confidence or damage the
    integrity of the judiciary.

    "
    .
    .

    So let me get this straight.
    If a cop lies/cheats/steals, then that cop goes to JAIL or
    gets FIRED.
    If ‘Walking DEBT’ Obama, Hillary ‘Benghazi’ Clinton,
    Joe ‘plagiarist/THIEF’ Biden,and other politicians in U.S. Congress
    lie/cheat/steal, then those CROOKS get a pay raise and other
    benefits.

    Am I living in a TWILIGHT zone?

    • mymati

      And don’t miss the one word everybody over looks, "shall", which as a legal term means there is no question what should be done. Congress is obligated, upon seeing such abuse of power, to impeach.

  • Min Max

    Sarah’s bravery is such an inspiration! An excellent role model for all ages and gender.

  • Reynolds88

    I would guess that Charles Krauthammer will come to this point of view sooner rather than later and in his inimical style be completly oblivious to the fact that Sarah Palin already made this point in her rational and assertive written pieces (not just talking on the 6PM TV show). Why? beacuse the truth will out.

    And of course, while CK mocked Sarah Palin and told her literally to "leave the rooom" about the death panels, he and the whole GOPE, later realized what she was talking about, however never gave credit to her on her original perceptive insight to Obamacare.

    Of course, Sarah Palin is playing the long game and follows one of Reagan’s wise observations, that is much can be accomplished if people work together without always fighting for taking credit for things done. This is the sign of a leader and that is what Sarah Palin is.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Thanks, Doug, for posting the great article!!

    There are many (mere) politicians.

    Then, rarely, there comes a heroine, a stateswoman, a patriot.

    God Bless and Protect America’s Sarah from all harm.

    Let us, my friends, surround her, day and night, night and day, with the shield of our prayers and sacrifices for her and for her family!!

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