by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Does President Obama deserve to be sued or impeached? Yes! Is there a snowball’s chance in hell that either the lawsuit or an impeachment will succeed? No!
Barack Obama’s repeated disregard of the laws that he is supposed to follow, and his blatantly changing these laws passed by Congress, are a threat to the whole constitutional form of government, on which all our freedoms depend.
Once a president — any president — can create his own laws unilaterally, we are on our way to becoming a banana republic, where arbitrary rule from the top replaces representative government by “we the people.”
Why not sue Barack Obama, then, or impeach him?
For the simplest of all reasons: Neither of these actions is going to do anything to stop Obama, or even discredit him, and both can create a distraction that draws attention away from the Democrats’ disasters during an election year.
Either the lawsuit or an impeachment — or both — can hurt the Republicans, by making it look like they are playing Mickey Mouse politics during an election year. President Obama is already making a joke out of Speaker Boehner’s threatened lawsuit by saying, “So sue me!” …
… But all Americans have to worry — and worry big time — about the fate of this country if Republicans blow their chances of taking control of the Senate.
If Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid continues his iron control, President Obama can nominate whatever kinds of federal judges he wants to, knowing that they will be confirmed by the Senate.
Since federal judges have lifetime tenure, this would in effect extend the Obama administration long past the point when Barack Obama leaves the White House. All he needs to do is pack the federal courts with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution and his zeal to impose a far-left agenda at all costs.
This year’s elections — especially the Senate elections — can decide the fate of this country for a long time to come. That is why Republicans’ launching of foredoomed symbolic actions like lawsuits and impeachment is such an irresponsible self-indulgence.